• 10-07-2004, 05:12 AM
    MasterCylinder
    Dream Theater: Live at Budokan -- finally got to sit and watch
    This DVD is better than the previous releases of Dream Theater material.........can be played in straight stereo or 5.1 Dolby.........both sound very good.

    This tour set from Japan is quite similar to the set I saw in New Mexico just last month........some of the material is different but the stage and equipment are identical:
    same pivoting keyboard with music-chart teleprompter
    same exact drum set-up
    same exact custom foot rests for Petrucci (for the "fast" solos he prefers to rest the guitar on his left knee)
    same metal cup of "something to drink" for LaBrie (in addition to the bottled water)


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    "Endless Sacrifice"......................catchy tune -- very well done
    "Instrumentality"..........................a medley of instrumental segments compiled from many of their recordings, including Liquid Tension Experiment (no LaBrie here)
    "Stream of Conciousness"............amazing piece......was THE HIT at new Mexico too
    "Disappear".................................si mply beautifully done -- ends the set
    "In the Name of God"....................encore -- excellent

    My DVD player reported the elapsed time of this concert at 2 hours and 47 minutes.
    Disc #2 is bonus material and I will get to that stuff this weekend.



    Bottom line..................................Very highly recommended.
  • 10-07-2004, 05:44 AM
    ForeverAutumn
    Thanks for the review MC. I'll have to pick this one up.