Styx & the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland: One with Everything 2006 (Blu-ray) 2009 DTS-HD Master Audio
Styx is one of the most successful AOR bands of all time with worldwide album sales in the millions. On May 25, 2006 they took the stage in Cleveland for a new venture accompanied by the 115-piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra and a 60-member chorus conducted by Liza Grossman. With a set list that combined Styx classics, new songs and cover versions this was a truly unique event on a grand scale.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 16x9 Widescreen, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080i "live" transfer, Styx: One With Everything arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment.
This is yet another solid Blu-ray disc from Eagle Rock Entertainment. Originally released on standard DVD in November of 2006, Styx: One With Everything has received a very pleasing HD upgrade - contrast, clarity and detail are notably strong on this Blu-ray transfer. Mild motion-judder is present but, as far as I am concerned, it is not an issue of concern. On the other hand, I could not spot any disturbing macroblocking sequences to report here either. The actual concert has been recorded with multiple HD cameras allowing one to follow not only the members of Styx, but the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and choir led by Liza Grossman as well. There are also a number of very good shots capturing the audience in the massive venue. Finally, I did not detect any print deteriorations to report here. To sum it all up, Styx: One With Everything is very well produced and transferred to Blu-ray in a manner that certainly leaves very little room for criticism. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray release which you will be able to play on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location).
There are three audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and LPCM 2.0. I viewed Styx: One With Everything with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and later on performed random comparisons with the Dolby Digital 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 tracks for the purpose of this review.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is outstanding. It is so well mixed and balanced that at times it is hard to believe that what you hear on the disc was actually recorded live. I was paying very close attention to the manner in which the orchestra and the choir were treated and, suffice to say, I am very pleased with what I heard (listen carefully to the brass section in Blue Collar Man, it is simply terrific). This being said, the bass is rich and the high frequencies not overdone. As far as the surround activity is concerned, there is plenty that you will hear coming off of speakers.
As expected, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track does not quite match the richness and depth of the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The orchestra in particular is not as impressive on the Dolby Digital 5.1 track as it is on the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The choir is somewhat less problematic but, again, I feel that the type of enhancements the loseless track delivers are simply missing on the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. As far as the LPCM 2.0 track is concerned, all that I could add here is that even though balance is improved on it, the overall presentation is far less appealing, given how rich the dynamic amplitude is on the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Lastly, I did not detect any disturbing drop outs, cracks, pops, or hissings to report here.