No additional songs, same special effects, DTS
Marvin Chassman | 07/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have this anniversary edition. As reported in the reviews of the previous edition, it's a great show with lots of annoying visuals, e.g. light show special effects. Worst of all are the comic strip montages that inexplicably fill the screen towards the end of the show. They're still there. Have to deduct 1 star for that.
In response to the previous reviewer of this edition, none of those extra songs were added back in; ELP just perform "Pictures at an Exhibition." The only extra is an orchestral audio version (over some video effects). I don't know if this was on the previous edition; I don't have it.
I suspect the only difference is the addition of a DTS soundtrack."
J. Yoon | Tucson, AZ USA | 08/28/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The visual effects added (together with cartoons) are EXTREMELY annoying! Whenever there is an exciting passage, where I really want to see the pyrotechniques of Carl and Keith, the effects appear and make me unable to identify any details. I think these 'effects' last almost a half of entire production. The visuals are, at least in my opinion, third-class. I wonder whether these visuals were inherent to the original master or not, since I could not see the LD released sometime ago."
Only good as an historical artifact
D. Goodyear | Kansas City, MO USA | 08/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This performance shows the band at a very young age, not very long after they got together as a group. The elements are there for future greatness, but they are yet to have finely honed their music. The visual effects are not uncommon for late-60s, early-70s concert videos, but now they look clumsy and ridiculous, and take away from the experience of seeing the group perform. Which is why this DVD is not up to modern standards, but is a worthwhile and interesting historical record of the band "in the beginning," and of video recording standards of the time."
What a waste!
disphenoidal | 12/22/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was really excited to see a recording of ELP in their prime, but I was in for a disappointment. As soon as things started to heat up, annoying visual effects cover the entire screen. The majority of the footage is unrecognizable as a result. Only at the very end can you clearly see the band performing. Don't waste your time and money on this. Listen to the album instead!"