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The Concerts in China
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Kanta 
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Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:01 pm   

That is correct and the description on eBay was region 0. :fine:
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Pat Gleeson 

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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:04 pm   

Hi Kanta - and everyone ! :D

I received the DVD today from here - very good service - recommended:

http://www.mightyape.co.nz/

First thoughts: Video very good, at least compared to the original VHS release. There has been some cleaning up of the image rather than a full restoration, but a big improvement.
Now here's the thing: the above statement is all the more surprising as it's obvoius at the end of the film that it has been directly transferred from an Australian TV broadcast!
At the end there is a promo from an Australian continuity annoncer about the availability of a double album of the Concerts in China. :D

The audio is disappointing - the original mono track is still very flat, with little improvemnent in the dynamic rage or placement - average at best - but better than the VHS.

The menus are quite nice - the film has been split into three parts (chapters): The Setup / Beijing, Equinoxe 5, and Shanghai. I'm not sure why the tracks weren't used as chapter points.

The original English titles are reinstated for this release, rather than the French ones used in the VHS.

See below for screengrabs:


http://www.flickr.com/pho...57615376294738/

All in all a worthwhile release, and well worth upgrading from your worn out VHS or DVD rip. :D
 
jarrekid 


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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:32 pm   

Pat Gleeson wrote:
the film has been directly transferred from an Australian TV broadcast!


Pat Gleeson wrote:
The menus are quite nice - the film has been split into three parts (chapters): The Setup / Beijing, Equinoxe 5, and Shanghai. I'm not sure why the tracks weren't used as chapter points.


:idea: That explains it then - The video was broadcast on Australian TV. The edit for TV has been used for the DVD release. Therefore, the DVD takes the three parts that were shown on TV. I'm guessing that they're all of similar length? It explains why each part begins with a title frame saying "Part 1" etc. to show after the ad break.
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Pat Gleeson 

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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:24 pm   

jarrekid wrote:


:idea: That explains it then - The video was broadcast on Australian TV. The edit for TV has been used for the DVD release. Therefore, the DVD takes the three parts that were shown on TV. I'm guessing that they're all of similar length? It explains why each part begins with a title frame saying "Part 1" etc. to show after the ad break.


That's exactly it - I hadn't thought of that until now. :D
I must say it's unusual indeed that a direct transfer from a TV archive - break bumpers promos etc. and all - is on an official release.
 
Kanta 
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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:36 pm   

Pat Gleeson wrote:
Hi Kanta - and everyone ! :D

I received the DVD today from here - very good service - recommended:

http://www.mightyape.co.nz/

First thoughts: Video very good, at least compared to the original VHS release. There has been some cleaning up of the image rather than a full restoration, but a big improvement.
Now here's the thing: the above statement is all the more surprising as it's obvoius at the end of the film that it has been directly transferred from an Australian TV broadcast!
At the end there is a promo from an Australian continuity annoncer about the availability of a double album of the Concerts in China. :D

The audio is disappointing - the original mono track is still very flat, with little improvemnent in the dynamic rage or placement - average at best - but better than the VHS.

The menus are quite nice - the film has been split into three parts (chapters): The Setup / Beijing, Equinoxe 5, and Shanghai. I'm not sure why the tracks weren't used as chapter points.

The original English titles are reinstated for this release, rather than the French ones used in the VHS.

See below for screengrabs:


http://www.flickr.com/pho...57615376294738/

All in all a worthwhile release, and well worth upgrading from your worn out VHS or DVD rip. :D

Hi Pat. :D Thanxs a lot for your review. A very good read. 8) I am still excited to receive my copy which was shipped out last week. So should not have long to wait.
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NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
Pat Gleeson 

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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:48 pm   

Kanta wrote:
Hi Pat. :D Thanxs a lot for your review. A very good read. 8) I am still excited to receive my copy which was shipped out last week. So should not have long to wait.


Ta failte romhat :D

Seeing as it's St. Patricks Day tomorrow, I thought I'd reply in Irish: it means you're welcome. :D

BTW it's worth the wait, I watched it again just now.
 
Kanta 
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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:53 pm   

That does not surprise me. These sort of DVDs don't come by very often. 8)

Happy St. Patrick's Day for tomorrow. :D
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Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
Pat Gleeson 

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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:56 pm   

Kanta wrote:
That does not surprise me. These sort of DVDs don't come by very often. 8)

Happy St. Patrick's Day for tomorrow. :D


Thanks - and here's a coincidence - the release date for the original VHS ?
17th March 1991 :D
 
Kanta 
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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:58 pm   

:shock: , that is so bizarre. 8) Or should that be bejarre? :punch:
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Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
Pat Gleeson 

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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:49 pm   

Here's something else - hold onto your hats - there is an extra 1 minutes worth of footage of Magnetic Fields 1 that is most definitely not on the VHS - I checked (twice).

It shows extended footage of the last minute of the track and is superb. A reason alone to get this disc ! :D The track is still shorter than the Radio Broadcast version, but a nice edition.

It proves that there must be unreleased footage out there somewhere, or at least slightly different edits of the film for different TV markets.
 
Finaero 


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Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:40 am   

Ooh, I was thinking there was some extra footage somewhere but I thought that was in MF2.

Good to know about that, though! :pwned:
 
Analog-Umph 


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Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:44 pm   

Pat Gleeson wrote:
Here's something else - hold onto your hats - there is an extra 1 minutes worth of footage of Magnetic Fields 1 that is most definitely not on the VHS - I checked (twice).

It shows extended footage of the last minute of the track and is superb. A reason alone to get this disc ! :D


Geez I didn't know ezy-dvd had representatives all the way in Ireland. :punch:
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Pat Gleeson 

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Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:38 pm   

Analog-Umph wrote:

Geez I didn't know ezy-dvd had representatives all the way in Ireland. :punch:


:nod:

I got it from Mighty Ape, and I was delighted to see footage I hadn't before :D
 
fklee 

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Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:01 pm   

I get my copy too very quickly and with a very good service from Australia.

from devoteddvd.

Nice just not time to look at it. :wink:
 
Kanta 
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Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:31 am   

I ordered a copy from devoteddvd via eBay. The estimated arrival in my hands should be 26 March 2009. :clap: :punch:
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Concerts attended:
Théâtre Marigny, Paris - 2007
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - 2008
RAH, London - 2008
Wembley Arena, London - 2009
NIA, Birmingham - 2009
POP Bercy, Paris - 2010
NIA, Birmingham - 2010
O2 Arena, London - 2010
Zénith Aréna, Lille - 2010
Port Hercule, Monaco - 2011
TUI Arena, Hannover - 2011
Festival International de Carthage - 2013
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham - 2016
 
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