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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part II

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"AC/DC Live at Donington"  (Blu-ray)

AC/DC Live at Donnington Synopsis

When AC/DC came crashing through the gates of Castle Donington in August of 1991, they were headlining their third "Monsters Of Rock" festival at the fabled venue. They proceeded to assault the massive audience with a two hour set chock-full of their greatest hits, and an over-the-top visual spectacle that included firing cannons, the hells bell and a giant inflatable Rosie. Filmed in 35mm Panavision with 26 cameras (including a helicopter), AC/DC Live At Donington is one of the greatest live concert documents of all time.

Specifications

    • Columbia
      2007, Color, Unrated, 2 Hr
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • English PCM 5.1/2.0
    • English DD 5.1
Rating
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I've been a fan of AC/DC for over half my life and it's always nice to go back and visit some classics. This concert has most of their bigger hits, though I can think of some I would still like to hear. But fans won't find much to complain about with this long set.

Technical

This is a hard one to judge after just reviewing the new Dave Matthews Blu-ray a few weeks ago. The video pales in comparison to that presentation, but given the age of this concert and how it was shot, this isn't bad at all. Colors are a bit of a mixed bag, with some obvious bleeding and a slightly washed out look. Detail is good for the most part, but don't expect fine object detail to match some of the newer videos out there. For a concert 15 years old, this looks pretty nice.

The audio presentation is always the most important thing with a concert and this Blu-ray release does an admirable job. I won't say it is perfect, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. My biggest issue is the hard panning of the instruments. Instead of a natural and cohesive soundstage, the guitar is hard panned to the front right speaker, and it's a little dominant in the mix. The drum kit is a bit weak on the lower end, but the detail is there. Vocals sound great, these guys always sound amazing live unlike most of the bands out there. Personally I prefer the stereo mix a bit more as it seems a bit more balanced, but I did like the presence the surround mix brings.

Extras

Extras include footage of individual members through selected songs, a feature commentary with band members and a discography.