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Queensryche - Operation Livecrime

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Originally released on VHS in the "Operation-LIVEcrime box set, the DVD includes the videos, as well as bonus features, such as 5.1 Surround Sound, a Fans photo gallery and a new interview with lead singer Geoff Tate and the complete Queensryche "LIVE:cri

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To Queensryche fans, Operation: Mindcrime is the hard-rock equivalent of Pink Floyd's The Wall in its ambition, scope, and theatrical pomp. This 1991 filming of the band's live presentation of the album is no substitute for its electrifying stage show, but as filmed concerts go, it's a pretty good replacement. Visually, director Wayne Isham and his editor Jeff Richter do their best to keep up with the multimedia production: films, lighting, cued sounds, and dialogue are as important to Operation: Livecrime as the music. But enough of the convoluted story comes through to allow even the uninitiated to follow it. Musically, the band is in top form, especially singer Geoff Tate, who seems to hit notes most rock singers didn't even know existed. The DVD also includes a new interview with Tate and "The LIVEcrime Story," a set of images that originally appeared in the booklet of the limited-edition CD boxed set. --Kevin Filipski

Special Features

  • Geoff Tate interview (2001)
  • "The Live Crime Story": image gallery with accompanying songs
  • Biography
  • Discography
  • Fan photo gallery
  • Optional subtitled lyrics

Product Details

  • Actors: Queensryche
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Capitol
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RG6B
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,333 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a brilliant piece of work from one of the most alternative and outstanding hard rock bands - Queensryche. The album "Operation Mindcrime" (which was released in 1988), was a classic concept album and phenomenal not merely for the band itself but also in rock history. "Video Mindcrime" (which was released in 1989) was an excellent piece of storytelling putting the songs and music into visual image. "Operation Livecrime" was a further step ahead to put the story into live performance.
I bought the box set way back in 1991 which made up of a Vhs cassette, a booklet about the story behind the album and a CD. The moment I saw the DVD on display inside a shop last week, I just did not hesitate to buy it. And now, here we are, "Operation Livecrime" in DVD eventually.
The performance itself was immaculate. Every single member of the band did their respective part perfectly. They played every single song in the album. The partnership of Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton in guitar playing was second to none and irreplaceable but also one which supposedly every fan of the band would sadly miss. By no means I am playing down the role of Kelly Gray (who replaced Chris), himself being an outstanding guitarist on his own merits, however there is unfortunately something missing in the standard of performance (particularly live performance) of the band following the departure of Chris who had made such a huge contribution to the development of the band.There is no question about that.
There is however one aspect which I sadly noticed from the song "Suite Sister Mary". It seems that the vocal portion of Pamela Moore was recorded beforehand, that is she did not seem to have sung her lines live. I hope I am wrong.
In all, this DVD is definitely a must for every die hard Queensryche fan and serious fan of rock music. Just go ahead and buy it. Believe me, it is worth every single cent.
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Ok. So if you're reading the reviews for Operation Livecrime, you're probably a fan. As a fan, this is a must have DVD. Plus, there are many reviews of the band and their songs. I won't repeat their wonderful comments.

This DVD has a fairly-good 5.1 audio track; if you don't have a Dolby Digital 5.1 setup...you should just buy the CD. I bought the DVD because I've got a really good 5.1 setup with a good-sized sub. The 5.1 mix is very basic: Tate's vocals are out of the center speaker while the rest of the musicians are from the front (left/right). The rear surround channels are almost invisible. If you increase the volume of the surrounds, you'll hear faint crowd noise. Obviously, having been recorded in the early 90s, they probably weren't anticipating a DVD 5.1 mix. Although, I have heard many pre-DVD concerts successfully transferred into 5.1 with excellent instrument separation and crowd placement. They could've done a much better job at re-mixing the soundtrack for 5.1. I have both the DVD and the CD...if you don't have a good 5.1 setup at home...avoid this DVD - just buy the CD.

Ok...the editing is mind-numbing. I hate short cut segments. There's not a single shot that's longer than 5 seconds; that's really annoying. However, I can overlook the poor editing for a glimpse into a concert that I regrettably missed. Operation Mindcrime is a very energetic, physically and mentally exhausting CD; I can understand why sometimes it's necessary to have fast cut scenes to emphasize the energy of the moment. Probably doesn't need to be that fast cut through the whole film...but I'll forgive it. For Queensryche fans everywhere, this is a must-have for the collection. I hope when high definition DVDs finally make it to market, they'll redo both the audio and video. Until then, this is a great substitute. Beats the hell out of VHS and stereo!
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I'm a big believer that most concert DVDs are wastes of money. Honestly, how many times will anyone watch the same concert, with the same songs, and the same stage show, etc.?

Every rule has its exceptions. For me, `Operation : Livecrime' is that exception.

The extras are nice additions, but this DVD is all about the performance - THE performance. Queensryche were hitting on all cylinders at the time of this recording, and it showed. The album being presented here in its entirety is nothing less than an underappreciated masterpiece, and the stage show underlying this performance, with it's animated characterizations of the album's key players, as well as an on-stage appearance by Pamela Moore (performing as 'Mary') accentuates an amazing story.

If you were fortunate enough to have caught this tour, as I was, this will bring back some incredible memories for you. If you weren't, and are discovering Mindcrime for the first time, then this will only enhance your experience.

I reviewed Operation : Mindcrime for Amazon, and stated that the album belongs in every music lover's collection. While I don't believe that true of this DVD, it is a definite must-have for anyone who loves the Mindcrime album.
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I've had a special place in my heart (soundz a little soft for a metal fan, but hey!) for Queensryche that goes back all the way to when my best friend in high school bought their self-released EP out of the back of a Circus magazine and we first listened to Geoff Tate wail like a banshee. Those were the days. I think the height of their career came at Mindcrime and entered mainstream at Empire. None of their albums have been as good since those days, but I still get them as they come out. This DVD captures the Ryche at the top of their game. Still young and fresh and Tate is in full wailing form. This is the stuff of legends. The complete Operation: Mindcrime album performed live and it's f*cking flawless! I've watched it three times already and still can't get enough. The extras aren't the bomb, the interviews with Tate are insightful and watchable. The easter eggs are: The Lady Wore Black - Live and Roads To Madness- Live, but it's just the audio and you can get those gems off of the LIVEcrime CD, so don't bother. All in all, this is Queensryche at its best. Brings back some great memories! Rock on!
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