Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Iron Maiden Death on the Road|
Actors: Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers, Steve Harris, Iron Maiden, Nicko McBrain
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Ironing Out The Flaws. Good Show, Mates.
Sky | New York | 01/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The 2007 release of Death On The Road is actually a third attempt after the first release attempt back at the beginning of 2006 had a plethora of disc problems ranging from audio mis-labels to manufacturing defects. The second attempt at releasing Death On The Road died in September 2006 for reasons unknown by me.
So here it is. One year later and you can finally buy 2003's Death On The Road tour on DVD. Make no mistake...this DVD is NOT a performance associated with 2006's A Matter Of Life And Death tour; it is a performance from 2003's Dance of Death tour...clearly there could be some confusion on that matter.
The Death On The Road DVD gives you:
1. Wildest Dreams
3. Can I Play with Madness
4. The Trooper
5. Dance of Death
7. Brave New World
9. Lord of the Flies
10. No More Lies
11. Hallowed Be Thy Name
12. Fear of the Dark
13. Iron Maiden
15. The Number of the Beast
16. Run to the Hills
6 of the 16 are from the 2003 Dance of Death CD.
Of the remaining 10 songs, 8 are on Rock in Rio. Leaving only Can I Play With Madness and Lord Of The Flies as new classic entries since the 2002 Rock in Rio release (which incidentally is on my Amazon Listmania list of The Best Hard Rock DVDs With High Quality A/V...click on my name above and visit my profile to check it out).
Dance of Death was not as strong as Brave New World (The Brave New World tour is chronicled on the 2002 Rock in Rio DVD), and Dance was also not as strong as 2006's A Matter Of Life And Death. So if the Dance Of Death CD wasn't one of your favorites and you don't own the Rock in Rio DVD, I highly recommend going the route of 2002's Rio instead of 2003's Death On The Road.
If you've got Rio already and have got to own everything Maiden, then this certainly is another opportunity. I'm counting on a future DVD release that perhaps switches out some of the classics (please guys, how about a nice high def update of say Flight of Icaris, 22 Acacia Avenue, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Where Eagles Dare and the like?).
Offical u.s. release does have problems!
Shawn Bell | henderson, nv. United States | 02/23/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The rating is for the product it self, not the actual content! I picked up the offical release on the day it was released. And I wasn't sure what to expect after reading some of the other reviews. Well, they were right!!! The first problem is the sound. There are three discs, two of which are the concert each containing a different sound. Disc 1 says dolby digital 5.1 and disc 2 says stereo. These discs are mislabled, the one reading dolby digital 5.1 is in-fact in stereo. And the one reading stereo is in-fact in dolby digital 5.1... The other flaw with these discs is kind of annoying. And it happens on both disc 1 and disc 2 (the same problem in the same spots) The concert plays fine up until the end of song 6. dance of death. When that song ends the disc pauses for a split second like it is going to swich
layers, but it doesen't it goes to the track selection menu. It also does this after each of the next two songs, rainmaker and brave new world. So after going to the menu a total of three times (and you must go to the main menu and hit play all and then jump to were you left off. Because, from the track menu, if you select a song -any song- it will only play that song, not continue on to any song that may come after)you get to finish the concert finally!!! The problem with this situation is it is a manufacturing problem, and that means you can't just return it and get a new one, because they all have the same problem. I hope that someone from iron maidens camp finds out the problem and does something to fix it, and post the solution on their website for all of us that are now stuck with this product, or nothing at all. I do not blame iron maiden or their crew, but I know if they knew about the quality of their product they would take care of it. They have always taken care of their fans, and I should know I have been listening to them for 23 years!!!!!
I would have rated this 5 stars because the content is great and I don't mind the quick cut editing. It just gives it a faster pace."
Great DVD, great show -- but for the editing. Sigh.
Robert Barnhardt | in The Frozen North | 02/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm among the people who thought Dance of Death was a much stronger album than Brave New World, so I was really looking forward to this DVD -- unlike some, even moreso once I heard what the setlist would be.
However, finding out that Steve Harris was editing it again made me fear for actually being able to work out what was happening on stage, like the Rio DVD -- and I'm afraid I have to say that, as far as I'm concerned, it wasn't a baseless fear. If anything, the editing is faster than Rio: rarely do we stay with a shot for more than a second, and many (most?) cuts are a fraction of a second in length. When your audience (me!) wishes they could look through just one camera -- pick a camera, any camera! -- for a few straight moments, maybe you're overdoing it a bit on the AVID.
Don't get me wrong: I love the setlist, I love the audio (much better than Rio, IMHO), but the video is pretty much wasted on me. Maybe I'm getting old, but I long for the days of Live After Death (and, for other bands, Rush's _A Show of Hands_ and Pink Floyd's _Pulse_ or _Delicate Sound of Thunder_), where you could actually remember individual songs -- hell, individual shots! -- and even have favourite ones, 'cos you got to see the band members doing their thing for more than a tenth of a second at a time.
It's harsh, but my feelings are honestly this: 'arry is a really talented guy, but we had to suffer through his audio mis-production on about 4 Maiden albums and one live DVD before he got that right. I sincerely hope we don't have to go through another two live DVDs before Steve figures out how to edit video; maybe the next time will be the charm.
Hope springs eternal..."
A good show... if you can stand to watch it
J. McElligott | San Jose, CA USA | 03/21/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"After a year-and-a-half wait for the corrected version (the first run had major technical issues) to be released in the U.S., I finally got to sit down and watch this latest live DVD from The World's Greatest Metal Band Ever. Man, was I ever disappointed. I had heard bits here and there about how people didn't like how (Maiden bassist) Steve Harris had edited the footage, but ordinarily I find it's never as bad as people make it out to be. I was wrong. It's that bad. The whole concert is put together with a rapid-fire pace that might be cool for a video single, but not for an entire live show. No shot is ever held for more than 2 or 3 seconds, except between songs.
If you have the CD's you know this is Iron Maiden in their finest live form, but on the DVD you'd never know to look at them, because you can barely see them.
The bonus stuff on disc 3 is pretty good if you're a Maiden diehard like me, but nothing new, really.
All in all, buy the CD, stay away from the DVD, and join me in waiting not-so-patiently for a DVD release of Live After Death, Maiden England and Live at Donington."