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Alice Cooper – Live At Montreux 2005 (HD-DVD)


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



Eagle Rock is now matching and possibly surpassing their initial Blu-ray releases with HD-DVD editions under their Eagle Vision HD label.  Alice Cooper -­ Live At Montreux 2005 is the third time the company has issued the popular, high-quality concert and for good reason.  Though this is a more paired-down version of Copper on stage, it is interesting change and the following links show the coverage of its content:


DVD-Video/CD set







With the DVD having limited information capacity, the Blu-ray easily squashed it with its 25GB/single-layer capacity, but this HD-DVD has 30GB and it sounds like there has been an audio upgrade here as it is labeled.


The 1080i 1.78 X 1 image is again at least as clean as the DVD-Video version, but depth and detail are improved as they were with the Blu-ray edition, as 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 16-Bit/48kHz, standard 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes.  The DTS HD Master Audio is a major upgrade of the regular DTS from the previous editions and though no one has a chip to playback the full 192kHz/24-Bit sound, you can hear the improvements even in the tradedown we heard it in.  We will have to revisit this one down the line.


Like the Blu-ray and DVD-Video versions, there are no extras on this HD-DVD, 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.  However, with this being one of the very first HD-DVDs with DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 sound, it should be a very sought-after HD-DVD for a very long time.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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