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Dream Theater - Live at Budokan

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4.6 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
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Product Description

This 2-DVD set features a concert taped on April 26, 2004, at the Budoken in Tokyo, Japan. Track selections span the band's entire career, including songs from 2003's Train of Thought. And, as fans expect, the footage showcases the group's technical expertise with extended solos. Disc One is the complete live concert. Disc Two is packed with special features, including a Japanese tour documentary, guitar/keyboard/drum solos.


A treasure-trove for Dream Theater fans, Live at Budokan presents an entire three-hour performance at Tokyo's famed Budokan arena on April 26, 2004, along with a bonus disc rich in supplementary material. Disc 1 finds the metallic progressive-rock quintet at its awe-inspiring best, plowing through its catalog of dramatic epics and jack-hammer instrumentals, including five of the seven songs from 2003's Train of Thought. Disc 2 features an extended drum solo from percussionist extraordinaire Mike Portnoy; gear tours from guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess (fascinating for lay people and downright revelatory for musicians); and a half-hour documentary on DT's 2004 stint in Japan punctuated by tantalizing snippets of band rehearsals. The shooting and editing for the concert are a music lover's dream, with lengthy shots that linger on the performances of individual band members. Disc 2 takes this even further with a multi-angle sequence of the 12-minute "Instrumedley."

Production values are extremely high: it's a widescreen presentation shot on high-def video and nicely mixed for multichannel Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (with a thinner, collapsed version of the same for Dolby 2.0). It must be noted, however, that the center, subwoofer, and surround channels get jumbled right at 1:35:30 on disc 1. The front left/right channels remain in place, but the signals for the other four speakers play non-musical chairs. People listening in 2.0 will experience a brief dropout at that point. --Michael Mikesell

Special features

  • Tracks: As I Am, This Dying Soul, Beyond This Life, Hollow Years, War Inside My Head, The Test That Stumped Them All, Endless Sacrifice, Instrumedley, Trial of Tears, New Millennium, Keyboard solo, Only a Matter of Time, Goodnight Kiss, Solitary Shell, Stream of Consciousness, Disappear, Pull Me Under, In the Name of God
  • "Riding the Train of Thought": Japanese tour documentary
  • John Petrucci: Guitar World
  • Jordan Rudess: Keyboard World
  • Mike Portnoy drum solo
  • The Dream Theater Chronicles 2004 tour opening video
  • Instrumedley multi-angle bonus

Product details

  • Actors: Dream Theater
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: WSM/Atlantic Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002WYS6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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