Out of the Blue: Live & Discovery
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For a concert from 1979, I found the sound quality very good. Don't buy this DVD if you are looking for a concert originally recorded digitally. It's from the '70's, when the only things digital were clocks!
I did however, find the cinematography POOR in parts. The director did not seem content on showing the concert, so he "added" special effects and layering. All he managed was to add distraction! I found myself yelling at the screen during "Rockaria!". Why he just didn't show the band playing is beyond me.
The music and performance make up for the directing bungle. The songs are great with a finale' that is second to none!
I wish their earlier concerts were available, even if the filming was poor and the sound was analog.
I bought this DVD in the hopes of re-living the experience - but the sound is horrible.
I was hoping this wouldn't have been too big a letdown. Before watching it, I had set my expectations rather low so I wouldn't be disappointed.
Sound: I knew that the sound was analog, and figured that the sound quality would not be the best ( #1:live analog recording, #2: 1970s). There *were* some other live recordings from the 70s that do sound MUCH better, so it COULD have been done, but I'll cut some slack there. Really, to me, that wasn't a problem, I got what I'd expected.
Production effects: Again, it was the 70s, so it would be surprising if some of the "special effects" were NOT cheesy and/or overdone. Would've been nice to see better shots of the band from reasonably close and/or gently zooming in/out while panning slightly instead of all the extreme closeup or extreme far shots. But that's not how it was done; oh well. Not a problem, I got what I'd expected.
I can excuse cheesy "special effects" and less-than-stellar sound quality.
What is COMPLETELY INEXCUSABLE is the sync of the audio & video.
Except for the Discovery section, EVERYTHING on the DVD is out of sync by about a full second!
Watching this DVD concert was like watching Kung Fu Theatre with the English overdubs. It would honestly be comical if it weren't for the fact that I shelled out some hard-earned $$, & more importantly, they screwed up the production of what could've been a wonderful DVD...Watch the pre-concert outdoor entryway scene with the Duke & Duchess, or the post-concert reception -- same thing. The ENTIRE audio track was after the video track by about a second!Read more ›
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Get Zoom instead. This DVD is poorly filmed and the sound also leaves much to be desired. The 2001 Concert "Zoom" is great quality, bordering on HD.Published on March 9, 2013 by E. Hughes
Love this ELO "Out of the Blue" live videotape. Since VHS has become obsolete, I need to transfer this to a DVD.Published on January 22, 2011 by Mark in TN
This DVD was in the exact great condition as reported. I ordered this for someone else who had wanted this DVD but thought that paying an extra $30 for a brand new DVD was not... Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by scooby
This is only good if you want the Discovery Videos! The actual concert sound is awful and not representative of the real performance that night It's in mono sound and has studio... Read morePublished on December 27, 2008 by Steve
I saw ELO's "Out of the Blue" concert when it came to the Oakland Coliseum Arena many years ago. It was one of the best concert performances I have ever seen. Read morePublished on January 22, 2006 by dirthead
Well, this dvd has completed my elo collection. I have all their albums and both concert dvds. Having listened to their albums over the last 15 or so years, I always imagined ELO... Read morePublished on October 12, 2005 by Rukesta