AC/DC: Live At Donington 1991 (Blu-ray) 2007 DTS-HD Master Audio


When AC/DC came crashing through the gates of Castle Donington in August if 1991, they were headlining their third "Monsters Of Rock" festival at the fabled venue. They proceeded to assault the massive audience with a two hour set chock-full of their greatest hits, and an over the top visual spectacle that included firing cannons, the hells bell and giant inflatable Rosie. Filmed in 35mm Panavision with 26 cameras (including a helicopter) and newly remastered for Blu-ray Disc, AC/DC Live At Donington is one of the greatest live concert documents of all time. Rovi Rating:

Filmed with Panavision cameras and lenses on 35mm film with 26 cameras, including one helicopter, AC/DC: Live at Donington is presented in high definition 1080p on this Blu-ray Disc release in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio-16x9 Widescreen.

The AVC/Mpeg-4 encoding which averages a bitrate of about 30Mbps on this Blu-ray release captures the full resolution of 35mm film perfectly and with all of the flashing lights and such I never once saw a compression artifact surface.

Because of the use of so many cameras from various distances and the differing levels of lighting throughout the performance the quality of the picture does vary, often times from one shot to the next, but this has more to do with the things I've mentioned than with the encoding. For example, in certain darker shots from more distant cameras, there is a higher level of grain present than in well-lit shots from cameras closer to or actually on the stage where little to no grain can be seen at all.

For this release, Sony-BMG and Columbia Music Video have provided three listening options: 48kHz/24bit PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps) and PCM 5.1 48kHz/24bit. 

Listening to the 5.1 PCM mix on this Blu-ray release is an absolute aural treat - "high voltage rock and roll" indeed. This is one of the best mixed live Hard Rock shows I've heard a recording of in recent memory. Crowd noise is kept to a minimum during the performances and the music is not drowned in cavernous amounts of reverberation that turns everything into a muddled mess of sounds. Here, everything has the right amount of punch, and dynamics – what little dynamics there are in a maxed-out-to-11 Hard Rock concert, anyway – are preserved.

Of particular note are how well the thump of Chris Slade's drums and the raw overdrive of Angus Young's guitar are presented. One can hear all the feedback coming from those Marshall stacks, and the sizzle of the cymbals and whack of the snare from Slade's drums with amazing clarity.

Brian Johnson's vocals, are mixed in well and rarely get lost in the thunderous assault of sounds, and Cliff Williams' bass guitar lines are solidly placed and aided quite effectively, I would suppose, by the subwoofer.

Video

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (less) 

Subtitles

None 

(less) 

Discs

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region free 

Blu-ray Disc Track Listing: 

1. Thunderstruck

2. Shoot To Thrill

3. Back in Black

4. Fire Your Guns

5. Jailbreak

6. The Jack

7. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

8. Moneytalks

9. Hells Bells

10. High Voltage

11. Whole Lotta Rosie

12. You Shook Me All Night Long

13. T.NT

14. Let There Be Rock

15. Highway To Hell

16. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

Special Features:

Iso-cam versions of select songs for each band member

Audio commentary from Angus and Malcolm Young

In Concert and full catalog interactive discography

Video/Audio:

Brand new 35mm film transfer to High Definition for Blu-ray PCM (uncompressed) Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound (48 kHz/24bit)

Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kps) 

Special Features

Iso-cam versions of select songs for each band member

Audio commentary from Angus and Malcolm Young

In Concert and full catalog interactive discography

Video/Audio

Brand new 35mm film transfer to High Definition for Blu-ray PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kps)

PCM 5.1 Surround Sound (48 kHz/24bit) 

Actors: AC, DC 

Format: NTSC 

Language: English 

Subtitles: English 

Region: All Regions 

Number of discs: 1 

Rated: NR (Not Rated) 

Studio: Sony 

DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007 

Run Time: 120 minutes 

UPC:

Live Concerts: LC061

AC/DC is an Australian rock band formed in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in December 1973 by Angus and Malcom Young. Their albums have sold in colossal numbers; the total is now estimated at well over 200 million copies worldwide, with the 1980 album Back In Black selling over 21 million in the US alone and 40+ million worldwide.

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