Iron Maiden: Death on the Road
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The 3DVD package is the companion to the double live CD released last year. Filmed in Dortmund, Germany during the 2003 Dance of Death Tour, this collection fully captures the incredible stage production and electricity of an Iron Maiden show. Including 70 minute documentary. The audio was produced and mixed by Kevin 'Caveman' and co-producer by bassist Steve Harris, who also personally edited the DVD footage. The DVD not only documents the drama and spectacle of the band's live performance, but the documentary charts the making of the Dance of Death album and the preparations for their world tour. Featuring candid and personal footage of the band, this film represents unprecedented access and insight into their recording process. Filmed for the first time ever. As usual, it is also packed with extras, including all the videos from the Dance of Death album, footage of the band performing in South America, background interviews with members of the production crew and fans along the tour, artwork and photo galleries.
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My biggest complaint and the reason I hate this DVD set:
FAST CAMERA ANGLE SCENE SWITCHING!!! The scenes switch so fast that you can not enjoy what you see. It has a strobe light effect that I can not live with. The warning at the beginning of the DVD states,
"WARNING: The Live concert footage contains prolonged periods of fast flashing imagery and light patterns which may cause a small percentage of people who suffer Epilepsy to have seizures."
I don't have Epilepsy, but that warning is no joke with this DVD set. I hate fast camera angle scene switching because it covers up overdubbing. The new producer Kevin Shirley even admits it during the documentary. You wont find too many close-in and tight video shots on guitarists hands while playing...like in the old Maiden DVD's. This new guy Kevin Shirley exaggerated the overdubbs and covered them up with fast video scene switching so that careful observers (like true Maiden fans) couldn't tell that the guitarist weren't "jiving" with the music. That's my opinion....agree or disagree....this is the worse Maiden DVD and it was not worth the wait.
1. Use high definition cameras (check!)
2. Stop the quick camera switching
The editor switches between camcorders two to three times per second on average. Move your head around while blinking your eyes twice every second for a while and see how aggravating this gets. You can barely focus on something before your view changes.
The poor editing wouldn't be such a distraction if this release didn't merit any attention, but the performance is fantastic!. True, Bruce's voice is weathered, but it isn't shot (ok, sometimes it crosses over to sounding shot), and if you're a huge fan of the Dance of Death album, in particular the title track, then check this out if only for the live version.
Highlights for me are No More Lies, Paschendale, Dance of Death, Hallowed be thy Name (though this is Bruce's worst recorded live performance of this, maybe he'll be better on the upcoming Download festival dvd), Run to the Hills, and Journeyman
the real problem is...im surprise no one already said it but there is a problem with the mix of the 5.1.
i dont think that it can be mix so bad on purpose... it sound like out of phase... almost no bass response... everything else sound way too thin and the guitar sound got no punch when it should... it sound over compressed..and its not my system ....i listen it on Harman Kardon amplifier and some good ENERGY speakers that i know very well...im doing sound for a living and i know what im saying...there is something wrong with the 5.1 mix.... out of phase....
i tried the stereo mix and BAM!! it sound correctly with good bass and overrall sound.... so im stuck with the stereo disc...
the video quality is however very good....no bugs with the editing for me...a little fast but ....its ok...
if im wrong with the out of phase thing, then it is a very bad 5.1 mix....