I had that fear too when I removed the BD for the first time. I think it is okay now that I've removed it a couple of times. But yeah! what the heck?!I do have a complaint with the packaging for the 2 disc version, which also carries over to the Moving Pictures set: The spindles are too tight and one is in danger of snapping the BD/CD in half trying to get it free,
What he said!!!I just got this from amazon uk and was able to listen to 2112 on 2112 so that was fun to do. I listened twice that day and gave it another listen today(saturday)
Many more reviews of this on the blu ray and I would have to agree with what some others have said over there.
I have always liked Rush so to be able to here this title 35 years later in a lossless format, just awesome.
Now I wish I could give this a 10 but have to deduct a couple of points as its not quite there so will rate this one a 8.
Rick C. is correct in that it does have a 3d type affect for sound but it could be so much more. I think if Steve Wilson would have done this it would have been a 10 out of 10.
I really like flat recordings, don't futz with what's on the masters but not sure if there was noise reduction done on this as you don't hear no tape hiss, very clean but so clean that there is no extra punch to the guitar and drums and bass.
During 2112's epic song when you hear the running water for the waterfall and acoustic guitar comes in, it's really beautiful and you can just drift away during stuff like that, so that's good.
Then when things get more rocking etc with extra guitar soloing by Alex and Neil does some of his amazing drum parts its all to quiet and lacks punch.
When there are multiple guitar parts you do get some of the extra guitar parts in rears but for whatever reason almost all the Rush 5.1's do not use the rear speaker's in a big way, not sure why.I
I hate to make the SW comparison again but on SW's surround releases the rear speaker's play as prominent a role as the fronts. One thing that has been fun for me personally is that when I got 2112 35 years ago I so loved side a(the epic) that I think I played it the majority of the time so now listening to the whole album the past 2 days it was also very fun to hear the shorter songs which would have been on side 2 which most of them are also very good.
In summary this is a amazing album in my books and it should have been given the most amazing surround treatment and it did not. having said that this is better than average(being lossless) and I am glad to have this as it is and will give it many more listen's.
There is still one more part of the trilogy(Hemispheres) left to be done, I'm still hoping that SW gets a shot at doing that one.