This has already happened - most recently the Peter Gabriel "New Blood" and Joe Satriani "Live In Montreal" BD's (both in 3D/2D) . All titles including the Metheny are stellar in either 3D or 2D.I was wondering when this would happen. Not that I dislike the idea, but here is another short lived format. I see it is losing ground in sales. (3-d format) and people are just not buying it - just like our beloved quad/sacd/dvd-a.
Jon - I have to say that on repeated listens, perhaps my enthusiasm got the better of me - on the mix that is. Still, I find it a completely exhilarating experience - but respect your perpective. I agree that the mix could have been a bit more involved but the overall warmth, fidelity and space keeps it a winner for me.OK. Here's the deal.
A very interesting Blu-Ray disc. The 3D is OK, but not needed. Once you get used to seeing the "stage" setup (it's really the entire floor of an old church), it's pretty much the same through the whole disc (obviously). The acoustic guitar on the stand that plays itself is kinda cool sticking out there in 3D (Not the one stuck on the wall with the banjo), but really, 3D is pretty much inconsequential with this one.
The extras are cool. They explain the setup, how it was put together, and well worth a view. However, I have to say, the 5.1 mix is pretty tame. I expected a LOT more. You figure, here's a music setup that has no boundries, there's really no stage, it's just a guy with a guitar surrounded by a lot of musical devices. I would have liked to have those musical devices spread around the listening area. When the guitar on the stand in front plays it's repeating passage in the track "Sueño con México", I would have liked that to be solo in a rear speaker, as should be the case throughout the disc when so many different unusual instruments are playing. I hardly noticed anything going on in the rears. When I get a chance, I may AudioMuxer out the 5.1 track and look at the wav's and listen to them independantly.
I understand the concept of a "mix", and creating that stereo mix is an art and all, but for something as unusual as this disc, I would have liked to have an "in the middle" mix, as opposed to a front-centric, ambience in the rears mix.
So, I have to give this a lower mark, although the concept may be a 10, the surround mix, from me, only gets a 5! It should probably get lower.
I'd like to hear from other people who hear this disc. Yes, my Oppo was set to 5.1/7.1, and my receiver clearly displayed 'DolbyTrueHD'. A actually hit the AUDIO button on the Oppo remote a couple of times just to verify I had the proper audio track.
Sadly, a disappointment. Still, a very worth watch, if just for the implementation