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The Michael Schenker Group The 30th Anniversary Concert: Live In Tokyo (2010/Inakustik/Music Video Distributors Blu-ray + DVD)

 

Picture: B-/C+ Sound: B Extras: C+/C Concert: B-

 

 

When it came to the later Heavy Metal groups, The Scorpions were unique and a cut above many in their time, but they had gone into decline and even seemed bored a few years ago when they released the ill-advised Moment Of Glory DVD which was anything but. You can read more about that DVD at this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/43/Scorpions+-+Moment+Of+Glory

 

 

So when I saw that band member Michael Schenker (who has been in many bands besides The Scorpions) was releasing a Blu-ray and DVD of a January 2010 performance of his own band in Japan, I wondered if his edge was back too. The Michael Schenker Group The 30th Anniversary Concert: Live In Tokyo turns out to be just that, a rocking concert without boredom, pretense and it is a pure Rock show that proves Schenker has not permanently let his wild side go into hibernation.

 

Songs include:

 

1)     Welcome Howl

2)     Feels Like A Good Thing

3)     Cry For The Nations

4)     Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

5)     Armed & Ready

6)     Victim Of Illusion

7)     Are You Ready To Rock

8)     I Want You

9)     A Night To Remember

10) Into The Arena

11) Lost Horizons

12) Rock My Night Away

13) On & On

14) Attack Of The Mad Axeman

15) Ride On My Way

16) Rock Bottom

17) Dance Lady Gipsy

18) Doctor, Doctor

 

 

As one of the newest HD shoots, it is presented in a 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image (and not 1080i) with some good image stability and color that makes it one of the best-looking such High Definition concerts we have seen since the launch of the format. There are still moments of motion blur, but they are not as bad as usual. The anamorphically enhanced DVD is also not bad, but a little softer than expected, plus the Video Black is an issue.

 

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is excellent and better than the PCM 2.0 Stereo included on the Blu-ray, as well as better than PCM 2.0 Stereo, DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes on the DVD. However, the DTS-MA is only marginally better than the DTS on the DVD because of the range limits of the concert soundmaster recording. In combination, the Blu-ray is better as expected.

 

Extras include a booklet two bonus featurettes on both discs: The L.A. Rehearsal and Backstage Impressions, while the Blu-ray adds two more featurettes: Michael About Michael and Gary, Simon, Wayne & Neil in their own words.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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