The Who: Live At Kilburn 1977 & London Coliseum 1969 (Blu-ray) 2008 2 Live Concerts DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 RARE CLASSIC


They are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. For over four decades, they have changed modern music as we know it. But some of their most famous performances have never been released... until now. On December 15, 1977, The Who performed before a select invited audience at the Gaumont State Theatre in Kil Burn, North London, to record a concert for Jeff Stein's film, The Kids Are Alright, which turned out to be one of the last live performances by drummer Keith Moon. Shot in 35mm, this holy grail for fans has been digitally restored and remastered in high-definition for the ultimate The Who experience.  602527101378

This set also includes The Who's powerhouse London Coliseum gig from 1969, a never-before-seen rarity and one of the band's personal favorites. Take an amazing journey with The Who like you've never seen or heard them before, featuring their greatest hits and hours of incredible footage! It's the rock discovery of the year! 

Two incredible concerts - totaling 138 minutes! Kilburn Songs: "Can't Explain," "Substitute," "Baba O'Reilly (Teenage Wasteland)," "My Wife / Going Mobile," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Dreaming from the Waist," "Pinball Wizard," "I'm Free," "Tommy's Holiday Camp," "Summertime Blues," "Shakin' All Over," "My Generation," "Join Together," "Who Are You?," "Won't Get Fooled Again." London Coliseum Songs: "Heaven and Hell," "Can't Explain," "Fortune Teller," "Tattoo," "Young Man Blues," "A Quick One While He's Away," "Happy Jack," "I'm a Boy," "I'm Free," "Tommy's Holiday Camp," "See Me, Feel Me," "Summertime Blues," "Shakin' All Over," "My Generation" Plus 70 minutes of rare Coliseum bonus tracks and extended versions including the first-ever long performance of “Tommy.” Includes an extensive collectible booklet featuring liner notes by The Who: Maximum R&B author Richard Barnes, The Who art director and designer Richard Evans, former Spin and Vibe editor Alan Light, and Nigel Sinclair

Considering that this 35mm footage has been lying around in a vault for over thirty years, the concert's 1080i/AVC-encoded transfer looks great, and comes to Blu-ray with a minimum of wear and tear. Aside from the expected smattering of white specks on the print, there are no stains or scratches or tears to be found. Grain is ample and thick, and yes, the image is quite soft at times, but taking its age into account and the fact that the concert was shot under normal stage lights, The Who: Kilburn '77 holds up remarkably well. While longer shots look somewhat indistinct at times, close-ups display an appreciable amount of detail for a concert film of this vintage. Contrast is surprisingly strong thanks to some fairly inky black levels, and all of the colors— from the multi-hued stage lights to denim blues to the purple of Moon's ridiculously gaudy shirt—are weighty and natural. Just as importantly, compression-related problems are largely absent, besides some brief banding and pixilation, mostly occurring in the gradients surrounding the strong lighting. Given the conditions, I can't imagine the film looking much better.

Who fans will also be surprised by the fidelity of the concert's audio. Stay away, if you can, from the dull Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, but the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Linear PCM 2.0 tracks are both excellent. I actually found that while the 5.1 mix has the benefit of featuring crowd sounds in the rears, along with some bleeding ambience from the music, I prefer the 2.0 mix, which seems tighter and cleaner, with slightly boosted vocals. That said, either option is a great choice. In both mixes, there's a nice separation between sounds. Entwistle's bass is panned to the left, Townshend's guitar takes up the right, Daltrey's vocals sing from the center, and Moon's drumming is given almost equal weight throughout. There's plenty of low-end heft—hear the overdriven bass in "My Generation"—and lots of definition in higher sounds, like the synthesizer arpeggios that open "Baba O'Riley." The standout here is Townshend's guitar tones, which squeal, crunch, and ring out with vibrancy and power. This mix is impressively dynamic.

Video

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (less) 

Subtitles

None 

(less) 

Discs

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region A, B (C untested

Actors: Austin Stoker, Laurie Zimmer 

Format: Color, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen 

Language: English 

Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.) 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 

Number of discs: 1 

Rated: NR (Not Rated) 

Studio: Image Entertainment 

DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008 

Run Time: 138 minutes 

UPC:

Live Concerts: LC057

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