13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great Bruce; Needs some fine Tuning,
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Bruce Dickinson - Anthology (DVD)
This is kind of a hard set to review, since you can look at it in a couple of ways. Only one comment applies to all three discs( No Producer).
Disc 3 has the prime content, and is pretty much the main item.One thing to note is that Bruce always has something to say in his lyrics.The last three albums have been the most overtly occult items, with heavy links to Aleister Crowley very evident in his work.
My opinion is that this is kind of a Diary, or "journal" entry of Bruce's solo career right with a snippet from SAMSON( pre-Maiden) to the Solo together with Maiden efforts.
You could also view the 3rd disc as what you buy with discs 1 and 2 as the bonus discs, but overall this set REALLY needs a producer since the content is great ( Janick is very good despite what people say, even if he might not rank as highly as Roy Z or Adrian Smith ).
DVD1: First concert has clean audio in PCM Dolby, and the duration is 90 minutes, not 70 as listed. Janick is very flashy, and he has more in the way of Jimi Hendrix techniques than anything else. However, as dodgy as the video is on this concert, you can see on disc 3 that an edit has an ultra clear show of the concert.
The Second Concert on disc 1 has Good Audio, and is more of a concept video since it was shot for a Japanese 4 cut EP. Due to the credits referring to a "Digitizer", I do suspect that the raw footage is clean, and some idiot thought that the strung out and stoned look would work. The "Digitizer" seems to have made the footage look dirty, and I hope that is the case since this is supposed to be a pro-shot show, as is the first concert.Time for this show is 55 minutes, not 60 as stated on the pack.
DVD 2; Scream for me Sao Paolo; I like Bruce's Sacred Cowboys short, quite a good concept. Bruce actually acknowledged that this is recorded. It shows evidence of line production with dissolves and cross fades. It is exactly 60 minutes.
ROY Z and Adrian can be seen in all their brilliance on this disc.
DVD 3; The promo Videos fall into two classes, some done by the first director and Bruce, and the ones done by Julian Doyle.
The first lot are very clear evidence how a lack of clear video vision can destroy an otherwise good video clip. Doyle's work is clear and masterful.
BICEPS OF STEEL: the SAMSON masterpiece. A Great interview with Bruce about the SAMSON film.
TYRANNY OF SOULS: A very Good Interview with Bruce, probably the best I have ever seen.
DVD PACK OVERALL: Great Cover Design. The Insert booklet is just as good.The Insert slots for the additional two discs are the best and most secure I have seen, very good idea. The BIG almost colossal failing is that the PCM audio is just okay, and the Video needs cleaning up. I put the discs on 5.1 audio, and only one channel. Switch to 2 channel Dolby, and front left, middle and back right work. As you can learn from the interviews on disc 3, Bruces Failure to pick a Good Producer ( or a Producer at all, since this pack has NO producer credit at all) will come close to killing a project.
I did, that being said, enjoy the discs, and if they hire a producer to clean up video, remix the sound, then this set would be WAY more than what it currently is now.