Queensryche-Live Evolution (2001) (NTSC)

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Released 18-Feb-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Biographies-Cast
Gallery-Photo
Web Links
DVD Credits
Interviews-Cast
Easter Egg-Multi-angle video of Queen Of The Reich
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 97:44
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (69:06) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michael Drumm
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Geoff Tate
Michael Wilton
Scott Rockfield
Eddie Jackson
Kelly Gray
Pamela Moore
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RPI $39.95 Music Queensryche


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

"Your eyes all night with flame as the picture burns. I hear the screams from long ago.
They cry remember, blood-red streaks on velvet throats at night."


    Queensryche (pronounced queens-rike) are a five-piece progressive rock band from Seattle. They were formed in 1982 by opera-trained vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarists Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo, together with Eddie Jackson on bass and Scott Rockenfield on drums. Their current line-up is missing keynote guitarist Chris DeGarmo, who was briefly replaced by producer Kelly Gray who featured on this Live Evolution DVD. Additional backing string orchestration is provided by Michael Kamen and the track Suite Sister Mary features reprise vocals from the luscious Pamela Moore.

    The band converged on the Moore Theatre, Seattle in July 2001 for a split set spread over 2 nights, featuring key songs from the previous 20 years. The set was broken down into 4 'suites' with songs from the Operation:Mindcrime album taking pride of place. The music could best be described as dark, dealing with the desolate, the unhappy and the unfulfilled - there's no catchy tunes here or optimistic outlook. The style of music has evolved from 'metal' to more progressive rock, whilst Geoff Tate's vocals have moderated in range and intensity with the passage of time. The more metallic influences of Rush or Iron Maiden have also been moderated with some of the intricacies and art-rock of Pink Floyd. There are many undertones to the music and I'm sure that the band represent many things to many people. Although denying any fascist link by changing their Queen of the Reich (kingdom) derived name to Queensryche, there is no doubting their appeal to the white supremacist lobby - there was much black garb on stage, adorned with shiny silver and the occasional Maltese cross but not a black face to be seen in the crowd - I guess the music is antithesis to rap culture! I don't know what the overall message is (there probably isn't one), but I found it interesting to view the absence of grey, the quasi-religious, ritualistic overtures and the absence of hope - too much time on the Dark side of the Force methinks!

    Onto the subject of this review - the Moore Theatre doesn't look a large venue and apparently only held 1300 people on this occasion but it is a superb showcase for this production. Quite simply this is one of the most professionally produced shows I have seen - the lighting, symmetry and sound mix are, for me, just about as good as it gets. The band played a superb and polished set but lacked, I feel, a real passion for the performance - maybe there was too much anxiety about playing some of the old and unfamiliar material, maybe too much rehearsal or maybe they were feeling the loss of synastry with long time guitarist Chris DeGarmo. For whatever reason, the show took a while to warm up and didn't really sizzle until the appearance of Pamela Moore - I haven't found out much about this girl but she's got a hell of a voice and it really melds well with Tate's. Overall, I found the set to drag a little (too much of the same), and whilst Tate's vocals and the guitarists were impressive, somehow they lacked the brilliance and glittering chrome of the resplendent light show.

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Track Listing

1. NM 156
2. Roads To Madness
3. The Lady Wore Black
4. London
5. Screaming In Digital
6. I Am I
7. Damaged
8. Empire
9. Silent Lucidity
10. Jet City Woman
11. Hit The Black
12. Breakdown
13. Right Side Of My Mind
14. I Remember Now
15. Revolution Calling
16. Suite Sister Mary
17. My Empty Room
18. Eyes Of A Stranger
19. Take Hold Of The Flame
20. Queen Of The Reich

Transfer Quality

Video

     The video production of this performance is superb. The camera work, stage lighting, subsequent video mix and subsequent transfer were excellent and set a new standard to my collection. Note that the video format is NTSC which will please those of you with progressive video players.

    The video is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The superb clarity and sharpness of the transfer suggested digital video camera work but I am unable to confirm this. The blacks were rich and sumptuous, shadow detail was excellent and there was no level noise.

    The imaginative and varied lightshow was very well rendered by the transfer. Colours were rich and clean and there was no chroma noise.

    Only an eagle-eyed fan or an obsessive reviewer would have any adverse comment about the encoding process but for the anally retentive there is an absolute minimum of aliasing on microphone pop shields and strings. There is also moderate pixelization in some of the distant shots of the drum kit at 92:36 in the 'Queen..' encore and inconspicuous macro-blocking can be seen in some of the frame borders (eg 37:39). The feature was video-derived, hence there were no film artefacts, but there was a frame pause/dropout at 40:20.

    There were no subtitles - a huge drawback as there are no lyric sheets included and the songs are not easily decipherable.

    The disc is RSDL formatted with an unobtrusive layer change occurring just before Suite Sister Mary at 69:06.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

     Complementing the video standard, the audio transfer is also of excellent quality.

    There are 2 audio tracks, the default Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 kbps) and a Dolby Digital 5.1 offering at 384 kbps. The quality of the Dolby Digital tracks was good with satisfactory rendition of the electric instrumentation. The 2.0 track was barely adequate and lost out on some of the resolution and clarity of the other track.

    The recording quality of vocals was good but, as is normal with this genre of music, clarity of diction is lost in the impassioned singing - suffice it to say that I could understand more of Rammstein's German lyrics than I could from this recording.

    There were no problems noted with the audio synchronisation

    The surround channels were used effectively and entirely appropriately to recreate the ambience of the live set with no gimmicky blasts from the rear.

    The subwoofer was also used entirely appropriately throughout the performance to augment the surround sound without drawing attention to itself.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The menus are attractive and well designed. The concert can be played as a whole, each of the 4 suites played en-bloc or else individual songs selected.

Biography

    7 pages of notes on the band's history by Paul Gargano.

Interviews

    Each of the 5 band members interviewed about usual band type things; how good each other is, the fans, the music, the venues .... Most time is given over to Glen (14:36), Michael (7:35), Scott (7:55), Eddie (4:55) and least to Kelly (2:56).

Photo Gallery

    21 stills of low to medium quality of band members.

Credits

    4 pages worth.

Behind The Scenes

    3:21 of the usual backstage and setting up stuff.

Easter Egg

    Although there are reputed to be 4 'Hidden Features', I could find just the one, a multi-angle rendered 5:43 duration clip of 'Queen of The Reich' with Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. This is accessed from the main menu - press left arrow from 'Special Features' which highlights the green orb in the Tri-Reich, and then press 'Play' or 'Enter'.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     Both versions appear from retailers and mainstream reviews to be the same. On the Queensryche home page there is a fan review of the DVD (presumed R1) that mentions a discography and some extra hidden features but I am unable to confirm this at present.

Summary

     Queensryche:Live Evolution is a good, but not a great, rendition of this waning glam/prog-rock metal band. It is a shame that the technical excellence of the production was not matched by a more inspired performance.

    The video quality is excellent, though loses it for some reason during the encores, which prevents it from reaching reference status.

    The audio quality is very good, the Dolby Digital 5.1 rendition being the clear winner on quality.

    The extras are very worthwhile, although we could have usefully benefited from some lyrics either onscreen or in a booklet.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© John Lancaster (read my bio)
Sunday, February 16, 2003
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