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Toto - 25th Anniversary Live In Amsterdam (2003/Blu-ray)


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



Besides all their great work as session musicians, Toto has had their Pop success and even a few good songs along the way.  Deemed the next Chicago, a band that had that rare combination of commercial success, critical praises and mainstream durability, they (like Mr. Mister, for instance) did not quite hold up as well, though part of that was personal tragedy.  A few years ago, when Toto - 25th Anniversary Live In Amsterdam (2003) arrived on DVD-Video, I was not so impressed, though one of my fellow critics enjoyed it more as you can read about at the following link:





A few years later, the new Eagle Vision HD label has picked the title as one of their very first Blu-ray releases and it technically offers a rare chance to see DVD vs. Blu-ray differences no other title can simply because no HD-shot title this old is coming out in the new format for a while.


I was not a fan of the concert.  It lacked energy, excitement and was bittersweet with sad irony throughout.  Even one of my few favorites, Hold The Line, was one line that deserved to go dead.  Fans will like it and it makes for an interesting curio, but it just was not that strong a concert.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 digital High Definition image was not so great at the time, though HD-to-DVD tradedowns were more volatile then.  In this new 1080p format of Blu-ray, you can see limits of the HD shoot, that this was an early shoot when HD was not used as often and the new clarity shows new flaws.  With that said, this looks better than the previous DVD, but with reservations.


I was not impressed with the sound mix either, here again offering PCM 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 mixes in Dolby Digital and DTS.  No HD sound upgrades of any kind, likely because the fidelity of the recording would not handle it.  For what is here, the DTS is the preferred mix and is a bit better than the standard DVD.  The combination makes a mixed concert nicer to sit through, but this is not the better of the first wave of Eagle Blu-ray titles.  The extras are also the same as the DVD, but they exhibit no major difference.  If you are a fan, put your money on this edition over the DVD, which holds up on its own but is not as good a performer.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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