Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Iron Maiden Raising Hell|
Actors: Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
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Worth the Money
Lars Swanson | Peoria, Illinois United States | 10/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First the positives: 1.) Iron Maiden, lets face it even on a bad day they blow the roof off the venue. 2.) Iron Maiden on DVD (very cool) 3.) Bruce's farewell concert (a cool nostalgia trip) 4.) Creative set design and "concept" of combining "horror Illusions" in-between the songs. Unless you have seen this it does seem a bit lame combining both a live concert with "illusions/comedy". But, Simon Drake blends his very believable illusions in-between such classics as The Trooper, Number of the Beast, Hallowed be Thy Name amongst other classics. Now the negatives: 1) The audio mix; I have to agree with the other reviewers Bruces' voice level is way too low on the 5.1 setting. However, if you choose the stereo option the voice level goes up but Dave Murray's guitar level goes down and Janick guitar is too loud (ya just can't win). 2.) Janick Gers 3.) Janick GersPrior to Adrian Smith's departure Iron Maiden had two guitarists with very different styles. One (Murray) was a fly by the seat of his pants kind of guitarists (i.e. solo's made up on the spot) the other (Smith) would play well thought out melodic solo's. Both styles would add a very unique dimension to the music. Unfortunately, Janick Gers is like having two Murrays (and he's even more off the cuff then Dave). Janick butchers many of Adrians solo's so bad I actually cringed when I heard them. Thank god that Adrian is back with Maiden now.So in summary, If you have a DVD player this is well worth the small investment. But, this is certainly no "Live after Death". Up the Irons"
Maiden has done better
A comedy Fan | Seattle, WA United States | 03/03/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Don't get me wrong I am a huge Iron Maiden Fan.. and Have been since the killers album. "Yes album", but this concert video lacks the spirit of a true maiden concert. The vibe just is not there, with the weak cut backs to simon drake. With the reformation of maiden with Bruce, after 10 years I hope that they put on dvd the videos and Live After Death concert.. The 5.1 is good and the menus are cool.. but the its the vibe that lacks, with this being the last tour for Bruce he is in great vocal form, but lacks the energy, of previous works.. I hope the New album ROCKS! LONG LIVE MAIDEN!Plus with this being the only Maiden on DVD, it is still the best rocking dvd out!"
Excitement over Maiden DVD turns to disappointment...
MitchG | Gilbert, AZ United States | 03/01/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't really a fan of this show even when it was on VHS - the fake studio setting just never seemed right. And the song selection is debatable, although there are some good surprises ("Transylvania", f'rinstance). Anyway, I figured I had to get the DVD just because it would be cool to have a Maiden DVD. Not a great move, it turns out.The one positive thing I can say is that the picture quality is impressive. This thing looks cool. But then you have to listen to it, and it falls apart. Whoever did the mix should be embarassed. This was the first concert in 5.1 that I've purchased, and it about turned me off to any future purchases. Horrible, muddy sound with Bruce's vocals buried waaaayyy back. The stereo mix is fair. But why buy a DVD to have a regular stereo mix? Well, it gets two stars just because it's Iron Maiden, but this release doesn't deserve to have the Maiden name on it."
A good send off for Bruce
MitchG | 10/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a really good video. Bruce was in great form (better than on "Live After Death", where he struggled to hit some of the high notes) in this his last concert with Iron Maiden (until 1999 that is). Harry and Nicko were also great. But, maybe it's just my crappy tv, but Davey's guitar is too soft, and Jan's is overly loud. Which is a pity, because Davey's solos are nothing short of mind-boggling. You can hear him, but he's really soft. Simon Drake's tricks make an interesting side-show, and some of them are pretty good, but others are crappy. Buy the video to see Maiden, not Simon Drake. They do a killer rendition of "The Evil That Men Do", with Jan filling in Adrian Smith's parts surprisingly well, but for the rest of it, you can tell that Jan and Davey don't click as well as Davey did with Adrian. In the end, while not as good overall as "Live After Death", it is a must for any Maiden fan."