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    Aerosmith Rock for the Rising Sun


    Sep 25 2013 02:09 PM | mattCR in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
    At the time of the Japanese tsunami tragedy, I had a family member stationed in Japan who took the time to call home to let all of us know everything was OK. The country wasn't going to fall apart, but everyone was sticking together and while some things were destroyed they could all be rebuilt. We discussed a lot of things that Japan as a country would go through, and what they would need. Aerosmith must have had that same discussion - what does Japan really need - and they decided a giant benefit concert with fairly steep ticket prices by the band would definitely fit the bill.

    Despite my cynical view of these kind of things, I have to admit I really like Aerosmith and the concert itself brings back a lot of great memories of the band in my youth. The blu-ray gets all of this across with a fantastic presentation that really draws you in.

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    Title Info:

    • Studio: Scream Factory
    • Distributed By: Scream Factory
    • Video Resolution: 1080I/AVC
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Audio: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English PCM 2.0
    • Subtitles:
    • Rating: Not Rated
    • Run Time: 1 Hr. 35 Min.
    • Package Includes: Blu-ray
    • Case Type:
    • Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
    • Region:
    • Release Date: 07/25/2013
    • MSRP: $19.98

    The Production Rating: 5/5

    I've reviewed quite a few concerts for HTF, and there are concerts I watch on blu and think: this is pretty good. A few that make me feel as though I'm at the concert. Aerosmith's title sits in a different category as a concert blu-ray I would gladly listen to without the visuals and appreciate as really great musicianship.

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    The title gives you a full concert with a few moments break in between as the band visits sites in Japan. The complete set list:
    • 01. Draw the Line
    • 02. Love in an Elevator
    • 03. Livin' on the Edge
    • 04. Hangman Jury
    • 05. No More No More
    • 06. Mama Kin
    • 07. Money on My Back
    • 08. Toys in the Attic
    • 09. Listen to the Thunder
    • 10. Sweet Emotion
    • 11. Boogie Man
    • 12. Rats in the Cellar
    • 13. Movin' Out
    • 14. Last Child
    • 15. S.O.S. (Too Bad)
    • 16. Walk This Way
    • 17. Train Kept a Rollin'

    Video Rating: 5/5 3D Rating: NA

    Concert videos can sometimes feel blown out. Spotlights and camera lighting can make you feel as though there is a strange hue to the production or that the natural black of an environment seems washed out because of the spots. This production, captured faithfully in 1080i/AVC manages to avoid that. Encoded at an AWBR of 31Mbps video, 3Mbps audio, this title really manages to give an incredibly detailed and fantastic picture.

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    Colors stay true to the stage and the artists all look correctly lit.

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    Audio Rating: 5/5

    Presented in DTS-MA 5.1 and LPCM 2.0, this is one of the best audio mixes I've heard for a concert release. Deep rich bass pours forward from your subs, pulling you into the music as it happens. Vocals are crisp and clear in a way that reminds me of the first time i heard a DTS Audio CD years ago. The audio mix on this title is so good that I found myself listening back through this title while I did work around the house and found the audio stands on it's own completely without the visuals.

    Every fan of Aerosmith will want to grab this title for the audio sequences alone.

    Special Features: 1.5/5

    Special features on this disc are fairly light. There are two bonus tracks presented:

    Lick and a Promise (1080i; 3:32)
    One Way Street (1080i; 6:47)

    Both of these titles are in AVC format at similar bitrate and look and sound good, but they do not have the same look and presentation as the film itself. I had hoped for something more behind the scenes to be included.

    Overall Rating: 5/5

    This is going to be a must own title for fans of Aerosmith. And it will be a demonstration title for a lot of people who want to show off how musical a home theater can really be. I can see a title like this one playing on a lot of Best Buy in store theaters to show off and sell speakers. No matter how or why you buy this title it will be money well spent. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Reviewed by: MattCR
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