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Scorpions - Moment Of Glory with the Berliner Philhamoniker (2001/Eagle DVD)


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



The most unfortunate trend in music on DVD has artists taking their music and changing it, as if there was something wrong with it to begin with.  Electric Light Orchestra’s Zoom is one great failure.  New Wave acts like Billy Idol or even the New Wave-like Hall & Oates trying to turn their music into acoustic pieces has been disastrous.  Then there are those trying to add orchestral music to their hits.  Three Dog Night had some success doing this in separate CD and DVD releases with two different orchestras.  However, Germany’s The Scorpions bring the worst of all these worlds together for Moment Of Glory.


In the 1980s, the band scored 5 million-selling albums, surviving the hair-band cycle that helped kill rock music until Grunge kicked in briefly.  They were the equal to all their American Hard Rock counterparts, having more hits into the early 1990s, as they faded away for a while in the states.  Sadly, this project is one of the most misguided in recent rock history.  The band has run out of steam, while some of their songs were always silly to begin with.  Their Rock musicianship is above selling out their best hits to sappy, silly, erroneous orchestral mixings.  It also says that their music was not important enough somehow, one of the biggest mistakes anyone in Rock can make.  This disaster has also happened with bad Jazz mixing.


Ten of their songs get victimized, especially “Big City Nights,” which epitomizes what went wrong here.  “Moment Of Glory” is repeated twice!  The power ballad, and not such a good one, like any other power ballad is not any more easily mixed with classical arrangements than “Rock You Like A Hurricane” could have been.  Add interviews with no point and “director’s cuts” (Noooooooo!) of “Hurricane 2000,” “Moment Of Glory” (a third time?  That kills the ‘moment’ all right), and “Here in My Heart,” and you’ll be reaching for that German dictionary to find the word for overkill.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1/16 x 9 widescreen TV image has some of the same mastering problems as the superior Etta James - Burnin’ Down The House DVD, but not as often.  This is still pretty bad picture wise, but not as annoying as the music content.  The sound is available in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital AC-3 5.1 and DTS 5.1 mixes, which are not bad.  The fidelity is the highlight of the DVD, even if the content is not.


Even guest singers hurt this program.  Hardcore Scorpion fans should beware that this is NOT what they would have hoped for.  The band has gone soft, and all 100 minutes prove this, down to the documentary shows a once respectable band throwing in the towel.  Obviously, they were trying to emulate Metallica’s more successful “S&M” project of the same type, but you can just skip this one!



Since we first posted this review, we have not only covered several Berliner Philharmoniker Blu-ray and DVD Classical releases, but two Michael Schenker Group titles, which you can read more about at this link:


Live In Tokyo 30th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD



World Wide Live 2004 DVD




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