Return to Forever: Returns - Live at Montreux [Blu-ray]
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Main Show - Montreux 2008
1) Introduction 2) Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy 3) Vulcan Worlds 4) Sorceress 5) Song To The Pharaoh Kings 6) Al's Solo 7) No Mystery 8) Chick's Solo 9) Romantic Warrior 10) El Bayo de Negro (Stanley's Solo) 11) Lineage (Lenny's Solo) 12) Romantic Warrior (conclusion)
Bonus Tracks - Clearwater 2008
1) Lineage (Lenny's Solo) 2) Al's Solo 3) Friendship (Chick's Solo) 4) El Bayo de Negro (Stanley's Solo) 5) Duel Of The Jester And The Tyrant
Top Customer Reviews
Video Quality: Phenomenal! It's just ridiculously sharp and clear. In some ways, watching this on Blu-Ray is better than actually being there. The Blu-Ray has a 1080i MPEG-4 AVC @ 26 Mbps encoding on a 50GB dual layer disc.
Audio Quality: Again, Phenomenal! The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (24bit/48kHz) track is just so crisp, clear and enveloping. The Linear PCM 2.0 track (24bit/48kHz) is also phenomenal when I want to enjoy straight stereo. The Dolby 5.1 track (16bit/48kHz/640kbps)....I don't plan on listening to that one.
Extras: So this made me mad. The 5 bonus tracks that we get from the July 31, 2008 Clearwater, Florida show are nice to have, but the entire time they placed different angles of video in a box pattern on the screen with some unnecessary visual effects in between. It doesn't even fill in the entire screen either. It's very annoying in my opinion. Nothing like the experience you get from the Montreux portion of the disc. The video and audio attributes are identical to the Montreux set. It's running time is 41 minutes and 36 seconds.
Final Thoughts: This is a must-have Blu-Ray. Unreal quality all around. I gave 4 stars, but I would have easily given 5 if not for the bonus tracks being like they are.
The video quality is so lifelike, it's almost like being there. For some reason, my BD player allows me to choose the HD-Audio option even though I can only connect audio to my receiver via digital optical cable, but the sound is incredible nonetheless (I can only get true HD audio via HDMI from my Panasonic BD35 player)! It is easily the best looking and sounding Blu-ray disc that I own (I have about 20 movies and 6 live concerts on Blu-ray).
Finally, as other reviewers have already stated, the performance on this disc is incredible. I never got to see them live, so I don't know if this was commonplace for them, but they deliver a knockout performance here.
If, like me, you're a long time fan of RTF, but never got to see them live (or even if you did), this BD is a must have!
By the way, as someone else already pointed out, the bonus tracks are indeed inferior in quality and production, but as they are "bonus" tracks, I chose not to reduce the star rating for it in my review.
For reference, my playback system is comprised of a 61" HD monitor, KEF 5.1 playback system with a Marantz SR6003 receiver, and blu-ray player.
This Blu-Ray disc shines when played back using the lossless uncompressed DTS HD Master audio option.
The bass is tight and deep and the instrument placement in the mix is "spot on" to the show I saw them do in NY last year.
The camera work is excellent and affords the viewer a great view of each player with great close-up view during their solo segments.
Also of note, the bonus tracks filmed on the US leg of this tour offer an interesting drum solo from Lenny White and "Duel of the Jester and the Tyrant" which is not included on the main program, is a a high speed musical gem.
Highly recommended for lovers of this musical genre !
Many reviewers here describe the incredible talent and delivery of these 4 amazing musicians. Each one is a musical powerhouse in his own right. Together, they create a magical and very special performance. The precision and speed are amazing - yet it still has soul and beauty, especially the more accoustic pieces. The sense of humor embedded in the music is a joy as well. Lots of unexpected twists and breathtaking virtuosity. Suffice it to say that in terms of the material, the musicians, and the delivery, this DVD rocks!
The video quality puts you in the concert - stunning. I like that the editors did not try to fabricate excitement (as they do in too many rock concerts) with a million edits. They focus on where the main action is coming from and don't dart from one scene to another. This allows you to really follow the music like you would at the concert and relax into what the musicians are trying to impart. Picture is incredibly crisp for a concert especially - that's seems hard to accomplish in low light based on other concert DVD's I have.
Sound: The DTS HD takes advantage of a great recording. I have other Blurays that don't have great sound - so it seems that even if the media's great, it will still suffer if the original recording is not great. Here, the original recording must have been handled well; sound is live, dynamic, clear, crisp, yet nice and full and rich. I found that the bass was more clear when I turned the sub down a bit - for some reason, the sub level on DTS master audio seems higher than on SD.Read more ›
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I loved them back in the day. Stanley Clarke was one of my idols, but this isn't what I remember them sounding like. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Hernandez
Awesome concert. Al's guitar is a little low in mix. Great camera work and editing.Published 9 months ago by BASIL
Fusion jazz as fusion jazz could be with a group of individual giants back together resulting in a sum greater than their parts.Published 10 months ago by OBJECTIVE