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Mike Portnoy - Liquid Drum Theater DVD
Mike Portnoy - Liquid Drum Theater DVD
Actor: Mike Portnoy
Director: Robert Wallis
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2001     3hr 10min

This 2-disc DVD set features Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater. Volume One features music of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment, with Mike performing eight songs & segments, breaking down parts of each. Featured throu...  more »


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Actor: Mike Portnoy
Director: Robert Wallis
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Blues
Studio: Hudson Music
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 3hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Drummers who are Dream Theater Fans, BUY IT!
George E. Quiriconi | Benton Harbor, MI USA | 12/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video is great. Mike Portnoy breaks down drum parts from Liquid Tension and DT songs and shows how and what is going on. Some parts anwersed questions on how he did some things. The drum solo on part 2 with audience partipaction shows what a player and gentleman Mike Portnoy is."
Very clear and concise instruction and demonstrations
Roland Benavides | Killeen, Texas USA | 05/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a tremendous video, with all the best angles for watching Mike and his double-bass technique. He shares with you the beginnings of Liquid Tension Experiment, along with the writing and thought process that's involved with both Dream Theater and LTE. This DVD contains the angle feature during his songs, that show all perspectives. Mike Portnoy goes into his "bag of tricks" and tells you the fills he incorporates in his music, as well as his drum solos. There is alot of classic footage of Mike Portnoy in the early days of Dream Theater. Did I mention that this is a double DVD? 190 minutes long, with bonus footage! A must have for any Dream Theater fan. Another side note: at the end of the DVD, your given a password that gives you access to all of the sheet music, for all of the songs on these DVDs."
Jason Lindsey | Seattle, WA USA | 11/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Two-Disc DVD set is really an improved version of the VHS tapes released two years ago, but now include bonus live performances, an audio commentary from Mike, camera angle switching options and photo gallery.The cool thing about this DVD set is that it really underlines the potential for the DVD format in the area of instructional videos. For anyone who has used VHS to learn either an instrument or foreign language, you know how difficult it is to keep forwarding and "bookmarking" particular sections that you are trying to study. Nobody just watches a video from beginning to end while learning a particular subject. You will want to focus on sections, sometimes for weeks at a time. With the DVD format and chapter breaks, it's simple to do and frankly makes any instructional VHS tape obsolete.The next fascinating thing about the DVD is the audio commentary. Already there are over 3 hours of playing and instructional information, but with the audio commentary on, you get a behind the scenes view of what it takes to make a video like this. One interesting tidbit was when Mike was talking about how a particular drum sequence was so difficult to get right in one take, that they actually took several different takes of him playing and spliced them together! You would have never guessed this unless you had the commentary on. The other great thing about it is just the ease at which Mike talks to the viewer and lets them in on all the details of being in a working rock band. He tells interesting stories of tours, recording sessions and drum technique. All of this is extremely interesting to practicing musician who just can't hear this stuff enough.Another technology introduced on this DVD is the multiple camera angles provided in certain sections. Mike is known for his use of double bass work and being able to fix the camera on those sections that are difficult to the viewer is invaluable!In conclusion, the DVD set is a MUST BUY for any musician hoping to improve their chops or just be entertained by the amazing drumming of Mike Portnoy. My girlfriend, who isn't even a musician, let alone drummer, actually enjoys just watching the DVD because of the great music. There is so much to this deep and useful instructional video that you will continue to view it for years to come."
Good video
Jason Lindsey | 01/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you are a huge Dream Theater and Mike Portnoy fan, this is a good video for you to buy.It shows cool footage of DT as well as Liquid Tension Expierment. If you are looking for a instructional video, you may want to reconsider. Portnoy does little to show how to build up certain techniques, like building rolls and coordination for hi-hat, which is something he does very well. Portnoy is a natural. He is very creative, and spontaneous. It's just my opinion that there could have been more instruction."