Steve Vai: Where The Wild Things Are 2007 (Blu-ray) DTS-HD Master Audio 2 Discs 2009


 Steve Vai: Where the Live Things Are was recorded live at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 19, 2007. The show is a little over 2 hours and 30 minutes long and it is spread over two discs. Disc 1 contains a total of 19 tracks while disc 2 contains 8 tracks. For the show, Vai was assisted by violinist Alex DePue, bass guitarist Bryan Beller, drummer Jeremy Colson, guitarist Dave Weiner, and violinist extraordinaire Ann Marie Calhoun. 

Mixed and produced by Vai, Steve Vai: Where the Live Things Are contains some brand new material as well as tracks from a number of older albums. The selection is very strong, allowing Vai to shine not only as an instrumentalist but also as a singer (listen to the wonderful acoustic set).

Tracklisting:

Disc 1

1. Paint Me Your Face

2. Now We Run

3. Oooo

4. Building the Church

5. Tender Surrender

6. Band Intros

7. Fire Wall

8. The Crying Machine

9. Shove the Sun Aside (Dave Weiner Solo)

10. I'm Becoming

11. Die to Live

12. Freak Show Excess

13. Apples in Paradise (Violin Solo)

14. All About Eve

15. Gary 7

16. Beastly Rap

17. Treasure Island

18. Angel Food

19. Earthquake Sky (Jeremy Colson Solo)

 

Disc 2 

20. The Audience is Listening

21. The Murder

22. Juice

23. Whispering a Prayer

24. Taurus Bulba

 

Encore:

25. Liberty

26. Answers

27. For the Love of God

 

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-2 and granted a 720p transfer, Steve Vai: Where the Wild Things Are arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Favored Nations. For the record, the disc does not have a pop-up menu option. 

Even though this is only a 720p high-definition transfer, I have to say that it looks notably better than some of the 1080i high-definition transfers that I have seen during the last two years (a perfect example would be Eagle Rock Entertainment's Ted Nugent: Motor City Mayhem). Detail is pleasing, clarity quite good and contrast levels definitely a lot better than what has been claimed on various online forums. Many of the close-ups, for example, look surprisingly good. There are only a few panoramic shots but they also look pleasing. Also, as far as I am concerned, motion-judder is never a serious issue of concern. This being said, there is some mild noise that is visible during selected scenes. For example, when the stage lights go on and off, the noise is fairly easy to see. On a couple of occasions I also noticed some background blocking, but truly, these are issues that I often encounter in 1080i transfers. Finally, I did not detect any purely technical anomalies with the presentation to report in this review. All in all, Steve Vai: Where the Wild Things Are isn't as disappointing as quite a few people have claimed. Again, I find the manner in which it was recorded as well as the actual presentation a lot more convincing than selected 1080i transfers of live shows that have already been released on Blu-ray.

 

Video

Video codec: MPEG-2

Video resolution: 720p

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0 (less) 

Subtitles

None 

(less) 

Discs

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Two-disc set (2 BDs)

Playback

Region free 

Unavailable

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