TOTO: Falling in Between 2007 Paris (Blu-ray) 2009 DTS HD Master Audio


Toto were formed in LA in the late 70’s by a group of friends who were all much in demand session musicians. They went on to epitomize the classic American pop/rock sound of the 80’s and 90’s with hit albums and singles including Hold The Line, Africa, I’ll Be Over You and the multi-Grammy winning worldwide hit Rosanna. 

This concert was recorded at Le Zenith in Paris in March 2007 in front of a wildly enthusiastic sell-out crowd. It captures the band rocking at their hardest and most powerful and giving a new life to all their best loved tracks.

Tracklisting

1. Intro

2. Falling In Between

3. King Of The World

4. Pamela

5. Bottom Of Your Soul

6. Caught In The Balance

7. Don't Chain My Heart

8. Hold The Line

9. Stop Loving You

10. I'll Be Over You

11. Cruel

12. Greg Solo

13. Rosanna

14. I'll Supply The Love

15. Isolation

16. Gift Of Faith

17. Kingdom Of Desire / Luke Solo

18. Hydra / Simon Solo

19. Taint Your World

20. Gypsy Train

21. Africa

22. Drag Him To The Roof 

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080i "live" transfer, Toto: Falling in Between arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. 

Filmed at Paris' Le Zenith in March 2007, Toto: Falling in Between looks good on Blu-ray. Detail is strong - both during close-ups as well as during the numerous panoramic shots - and clarity pleasing. The color-scheme also does not disappoint - blues, reds, yellows, browns and blacks are lush and well saturated. The lighting effects are rather strong and as a result a few of the panoramic shots tend to look a bit thick (primarily the heavy blue lighting). There is also a bit of low noise that pops up here and there (see "Cruel"), but I don't think this is something that the overwhelming majority of you would find distracting. Serious image deteriorations are not present. To sum it all up, Toto fans should be pleased with Toto Falling in Between. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it 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 opted for the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the other two tracks for the purpose of this review. 

In 2006, Eagle Rock Entertainment released Toto: Live in Amsterdam on Blu-ray, but many audiophiles were not overly impressed with the disc's audio portfolio. Well, I hope that most of these people end up purchasing Toto Falling in Between, because this is certainly the best sounding live Toto show that I have ever seen.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is very strong. The long guitar and piano solos sound absolutely terrific. From "Rosanna" to "Hold The Line" to "Africa", there is very good separation between the different instruments and Bonny Kimball and Steve Lukather's singing. The wide range of dynamics is also impressive. The "live effect" is certainly prominent but not overpowering - the crowd noise is delicately handled (listen to "Africa"). Finally, I did not detect any disturbing audio dropouts or balance issues to report in this review. 

The LPCM 2.0 is surprisingly effective. It lacks the dynamic intensity of the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, but it certainly handles many of the individual solos quite well. The "live-effect", however, is not as intense on the LPCM 2.0 track as it is on the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. 

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is acceptable, but, once again, not the track I would recommend that you experience Toto's show with. Even a quick comparison between the Dolby Digital 5.1 track and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track makes what should be obvious...obvious - the former lacks the depth and fluidity of the latter. 

For the record, Eagle Rock Entertainment have provided optional English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese subtitles (interviews only). 

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

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch 

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch (less) 

Discs

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region free 

UPC: 801213334490 

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