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Alice Cooper – Live At Montreux 2005 (Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: D     Film: B-



Eagle Rock has decided that one of its debut Blu-ray concerts in the Eagle Vision HD series would be Alice Cooper -­ Live at Montreux 2005, a more paired-down version of Copper on stage.  Though it is an interesting change, I was a little less happy than our big Cooper fan, who reviewed the concert in a DVD-Video/CD set as follows:





Of course, those who are not big fans will at least recognize hits like School’s Out, No More Mr. Nice Guy, I’m Eighteen and Poison.  For the older hits from his indomitable 1970s period, he gives it his best, but his voice sometimes fails him and it can be painful because you root for him to be 100%, though it takes guts to do some of what he does here all these years later.  Cooper is one of those Rock artists who survived the 1970s, yet is still quintessentially part of the period, whose music is still turning up in films set in the period.  He also has the guts to still wear the make-up, something he pioneered in part and has been imitated ever since.  Guts more than make up for wear in the best Rock tradition.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1 image is at least as clean as the DVD-Video version, but depth and detail are improved, with the color here making the DVD-Video version look a bit washed out by comparison.  Sound is presented in the same three configurations as the DVD-Video version: PCM 2.0 16bit48kHz, 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 mixes.  The DTS is again just a bit better than all of them, making for some of the best playback of Cooper’s music in any format to date.  That is truer of this Blu-ray version where all three soundtracks seem a tad clearer.  Like the DVD, there are no extras on this Blu-ray, but the DVD-Video version of the concert we covered previously did come packaged with a CD of the concert, which unfortunately due to time constraints, is missing the morality play segment of the show.


Overall, the HD-to-HD playback made it a more pleasant sit-through and if you can catch it this way first, you’ll be able to enjoy and judge it better for yourself.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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