The editing & production of the movie was all done by Lasse Hoile, not Steven - I don't know how much input Steven had here with the visuals, but I got the definite impression it is definitely Lasse's work - the man is a genius visually. Effect-laden to be sure - but it's been done so well.It's no secret for PT fans that Steven Wilson would like to be a movie director one day and it shows on this DVD... editing and production are both very laboured, alterning a lot of angles and filtering (black and white, colour, "used" film effects...). Picture has this beautiful film look ("grainy" but not in the sense "bad compression"), and not at all the digital look.
All in all this DVD-V is a winner - I wasn't expecting less from PT but again they set the standards.
EDIT : maybe the surprise Neil was talking about is the fact that the center channel is not used at all... this is actually a 4.1 mix ! And I like that a lot, as far as I'm concerned !
This is something I wanted to add to my post. I know that Lasse is credited for the direction of the movie, but I'd be very surprised if the artistic direction wouldn't have been set - even partially - by Steven.The editing & production of the movie was all done by Lasse Hoile, not Steven - I don't know how much input Steven had here with the visuals, but I got the definite impression it is definitely Lasse's work
So I guess it came in the mail?It's a 10. If anything defines the perfect concert DVD, this is it. When "Open Car" started I was getting tingles running down my spine which doesn't happen very often. Then "Blackest Eyes" kicked in. Heavier even than the studio version. Fantastic! The wide unwipable grin was firmly fixed. The bass is tremendous as well! Nice and low and tight. This will really give your sub a workout. In fact those without a sub will be missing a great deal I think. The drums are right up front. And everything else is where it should be. Very discrete. Yes, I am going to say it, the audio quality of this is better than any of their DVD-A's. No compression that I can detect. The instruments are very realistic. I got #1298 out of 2000, for what it's worth. Oh, and the video is very artistic as well. Best DVD I bought this year, so far................
I am also having this problem. In fact the interruption is so long that the input to my receiver seems to change from my DVD Player to my receiver. So on layer one my DVD player is doing the decoding and after the layer change my receiver is doing the decoding. First time I have seen that. It actually switches input channels. So I made a copy on a SL disc with just the video and the DTS audio and the video does not seem to have been affected at all. It also gets rid of the layer change, of course.A lot of people complain that there is a noticeable layer break, in the middle of "So Called Friend". I know that some players handle that better than others but it seems not so good to have it mid-song.
(Still waiting to arrive ... here)
The visuals are what Porcupine Tree want them to be I am sure. They could have had HD but they added the grain and black and white etc because that's the way that they wanted it. You are right the kick-ass audio makes this.The visuals were OK - Porcupine Tree aren't exactly the most visually dynamic performers
I still can't believe how good the sound is on this one and I am on my 5th listen. Of all the concerts that I have I can't remember any one making such a huge impression on me sonically. I love the "balls to the wall" approach while keeping all the nuances. This is definately my new reference disc.I much prefer PT for the superior sound (and less bombast).