Asia: Fantasia Live In Tokyo 2007 (Blu-ray) 2009 DTS-HD Master Audio


Asia is a tour de force in Progressive Rock music !!

The four original members of Asia: Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and John Wetton, are reunited on stage to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their phenomenal debut album ASIA. Filmed in Tokyo in March 2007, this concert features all of ASIA's best loved tracks. Rovi Rating:

As the show begins, Asia is greeted by thunderous applause from the excited crowd. I'm sure the audience knew what they were in store for; these men put on the most jaw dropping entertainment experience I have seen and heard in decades. Two words come to mind when thinking back on this show: Balanced excellence. No musician overtook the other, they were one coherent body performing in stoic unity.  He was no huge light show to distract from their performance; the band's music stood on its own. The visual presentation accompanying this performance is simple, but effective. The most notable performances on the disc included "Intersection," "Fanfare For The Common Man" and "In The Court Of The Crimson King." All three left me in awe with their displays of musicianship and technical proficiency. Regardless, every song in this set is top notch and worth listening to time and time again. 

This is a tight and well rehearsed band with no apparent weaknesses. The band members' complex and well- honed technique leaves the viewer breathless. For example, I was impressed with how bassist John Wetton patterns his playing style after the technique used to play organ bass pedals; rendering his style in a smooth and fluid manner. Being a keyboard player myself, I couldn't take my eyes or ears off of keyboardist Geoff Downes' skillful playing; his use of timbral color to accentuate the music demonstrated his tremendous skill and discipline as a player. This group has some serious chops.

The tracklisting consists of: 

Time Again / Wildest Dreams / One Step Closer / Roundabout / Without You / Cutting It Fine / Intersection Blues (Steve Howe Solo) / Fanfare For The Common Man / The Smile Has Left Your Eyes /Don't Cry / In The Court Of The Crimson King / Here Comes The Feeling / Video Killed The Radio Star / The Heat Goes On-Drum Solo / Only Time Will Tell / Sole Survivor / Ride Easy / Heat Of The Moment. 

Asia: Fantasia Live In Tokyo powers on to the Blu-ray format in a stunning 1080i/MPEG-4 AVC encode, framed at a 1:78:1 aspect ratio. Did I say stunning? If that's not good enough, how about perfect! Images are clean as a whistle, with no digital artifacts, compression, or pesky compression issues. Black levels are deep and inky black, shadow detail is excellent; I was able to see distinct shapes in the crowd amidst the complete darkness of the concert hall. Contrast is excellent, with very white whites that were never overblown. Every shade in the grayscale shines through boldly and accurately. Colors are very well saturated, but the simplicity of the lighting design does not allow for a tremendous amount of vivid color. Skin tones look natural and detail is first rate; skin details and clothing are exceptionally rendered. This production deserves the highest possible score for picture quality. Eagle Rock Entertainment has hit a home run with this release- congratulations are in order.

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Video

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0 (less) 

Subtitles

French, German, Spanish, English 

French, German, Spanish, English (less) 

Discs

25GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region free 

Unavailable

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