Megadeth: Rust In Peace Live-Shout Factory 2010 (Blu-ray) 2010
****Note Blu-ray**** WILL NOT PLAY on a standard DVD player.
It's been twenty years since one of Metal's top bands, Megadeth, recorded its classic album Rust in Peace, and fans wouldn't know it by watching Rust in Peace Live, a 2010 concert marking the 20th anniversary of the release. Aside from the high definition Blu-ray presentation and a few more miles on the bands' odometer, there's no sign that Megadeth is slowing down with the turning of two decades since Rust in Peace began its march towards platinum status.
It's clear from the opening minutes of Rust in Peace Live that Megadeth is as strong as ever; the band plays the same memorable anthems that sound as good and as fresh today as they did 20 years ago. With the same big hair, the same slicing guitar riffs that still deliver ear-splitting notes, the same timely and still-relevant lyrics, the same passion, the same energy, and the same intensely rabid fan base, Megadeth proves with Rust in Peace Live that they still have it, that they can still put on a great show, and that they remain one of Metal's top acts. There's no denying the band's place in Metal music history, and there's nothing quite like a dosage of Rust in Peace to remember why Dave Mustaine's band is tough to beat.
The playlist for Megadeth: Rust in Peace follows the original 1990 album, and appears on this Blu-ray release thusly:
1. Holy Wars...The Punishment is Due
2. Hangar 18
3. Take No Prisoners
4. Five Magics
5. Poison was the Cure
7. Tornado of Souls
8. Dawn Patrol
9. Rust in Peace...Polaris
10. Holy Wars -- Reprise
Recorded on March 31, 2010 at the famed Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles where the Rust in Peace 20th anniversary tour came to a close, Megadeth: Rust in Peace Live was the culmination of a whirlwind 22-show North American tour that saw the band reunited with longtime bassits David Ellefson, who had left the group in 2002. The tour proved to be a massive success, but that should come as no surprise to longtime Megadeth fans. A top metal band reunited, touring the country, and promoting arguably its best album? For fans, the Rust in Peace tour was an easy sell. The original 1990 album would eventually gain platinum status and, with the songs Rust in Peace and Hangar 18, earn the band a pair of Grammy nominations in 1991 and 1992 for Best Metal Performance. Twenty years after the fact, and Rust in Peace still gets the blood pumping and heads banging like few others. Rust in Peace Live proves both the band's and the album's staying power with a show that's all about the music, emphasizing everything that's good about Megadeth and downplaying everything else in favor of the album's staying power and energy while foregoing the urge to dress it up with the usual concert antics.
Megadeth: Rust in Peace Live features a decent 1080i, 1.78:1-framed transfer. This isn't the best-looking concert disc out there; like the music, it's a bit rough around the edges, but is otherwise steady and pleasing. Details completely disappear underneath the heavy blacks as the camera pans around the audience and peeks into the shadows off to the sides of the stage, but fans will appreciate the solid details on clothes, guitars, stage equipment, and the band members' faces. Colors are ever-shifting under the harsh red and green lighting that dominates the proceedings. A fair bit of noise, a sprinkling of blocking, and a few instances of banding are visible around the frame. Objects like guitar strings and other straight-edged elements occasionally suffer through a light case of the jaggies, and intermittent shimmering is evident. For all the listed nitpicks, though, Rust in Peace is an overall fine looking disc. The 1080i video isn't as steady as one might hope, but there's little room for complaint, especially when the high quality soundtrack simply dominates the proceedings.
No surprise here: Megadeth: Rust in Peace Live simply rocks on Blu-ray. Shout! Factory's DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack is a butt-kicker and name-taker. This track never lets up and literally engulfs the listener in a barrage of crisp and powerful sound that's got to be the next best thing to attending a live Megadeth concert. Sound spills form every speaker as guitar riffs tear through the listening area, Dave Mustaine's vocals flow from the center, and the subwoofer spits out an abundance of tight, aggressive bass. Crowd noise is kept to a minimum and heard only between songs and during low-volume intros; whether deliberately so by the audio engineers or simply lost under the raw power of the energetic metal music is anyone's guess, but the result is a track that allows every guitar riff, every screeching vocal, every deep low to invade the soundstage and send listeners into a dizzying, head-spinning barrage of sound that, for the Megadeth fan, is nothing short of pure sonic bliss.
Video codec: VC-1
Video resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0 (less)
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Region A (B, C untested)