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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 11:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm just back from Best Buy with their exclusive version of ROTC. The bonus DVD is no surprise..

We Are The Champions (4:41)
followed by
Reaching Out/Tie Your Mother Down (5:35)

No menus.. 16x9 enhanced widescreen, seems excellent quality..only Dolby Digital 2.0 192 Kbps sound. I'm sure the actual DVD will of course have DTS and PCM..

It's housed in a 3-disc digipack. Book style, not foldout. Front cover is a sleeve which holds a very nice little booklet with excellent pics.

I don't have a scanner anymore so I can't do a nice little page of pics like I did for GH:WWRY last year. I can try to do some DVD caps though, if anyone would like to see..

I'll post again after I've heard the music :)

PS - The sticker price was $22.99 but they're on sale for $16.99

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 11:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

WOO HOOO!!!!

I'm there tonight!!!!

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 12:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The bonus DVD is region free, but NTSC of course. When I put it in my stand-alone DVD player, it displayed in 4:3 regardless of what setting I put the player on, but it did squeeze when I put it in 16:9 mode. Rather weird.. I hope the real DVD isn't like that, forcing 4:3 on us without widescreen sets. It displayed properly on the PC with PowerDVD though.

Here's some caps.. if the site is working. I got it uploaded but can't even get to it myself right now to check it:

http://members.cox.net/freddiemercury/rotc.htm

And apologies in advance.. I'm never very good at taking caps. For WATC I was going frame by frame trying to find decent captures but by RO/TYMD I just let it play and captured in intervals, then deleted the worst of the blurry ones ;) There's 50 total in original source size.

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 13:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I grabbed it at lunch today. The back cover is 10x worse than the front (jeez, let's show Brian's back and ignore Roger) But....what I could sample sounded pretty damn good. It will certainly add enjoyment on the trip to/from Jersey.


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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 15:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm loving it so far!

Disc one is 74:47

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 15:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"I hope the real DVD isn't like that, forcing 4:3 on us without widescreen sets"

Eh? If you have a standard TV set, you would want it in 4:3, not widescreen. I think its safe to say the proper release will be in true widescreen, going by the trouble they went to to fuck up the original promo videos to accomodate widescreen TV sets.

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 16:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No, on my computer it's obviously widescreen enhanced 16x9.. no letterboxing.

So I pop it in my player for TV... and it's 4:3 no matter which setting I put the player on, so it has some code telling it to do pan & scan even if the player is set to letterbox. I have a few other discs which have the code for pan & scan if you set your player in that mode.. this one forces it though.

I know what I'm talking about here :)

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 17:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh crap! They released it in the cheap paper shiite?! That SUCKS!

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 18:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mrjordy, I'm curious whether the regular 2 disc version is any different? Is it also a digipack? Also, how much is it at WalMart?

I agree with you about the disc.. I absolutely loved it, just finished awhile ago.

Disc 2 is 52:45 btw for a total of 2 hours, 7 mins. Very nice show!



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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 18:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for the info :)

It's definitely worth that much, but Best Buy is clearly a better deal for anyone who has them in their area, at $16.99 with the bonus disc.

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 19:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I hadn't heard "Wishing Well" b4, really like that one. The whole package gives the impression it's Brian's band now imho


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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 22:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just bought my copy at Best Buy and it was well worth the 16.99. I'm not a fan of Paul Rodgers but he did a superb job on this CD.

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 23:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Got mine at bestbuy...Fantastic- stupendous- great sound...I was at the concert so this is really special.

Highlights:

Wishing Well
Fat Bottom GIrls
Feel like making love
Drum solo
guitar solo--very long- but great example as to why brian is a guitar god!
Last Horizon
I want it all
Show must Go On
Can't get enough of your love...

Can hear a few distant shout outs by me--I won't list them here.









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Posted: 14 Sep 05, 17:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

After driving around to 4 stores I got mine and it sure as hell isn't worth the $30 bucks I had to pay. I was pretty open to the whole PR thing, but I have to say, I'm pretty disappointed. It starts off promising and BM is an absolute monster out there (his wall of sound is incredible), but that's about it. The acoustic set came way to early (was PR taking a nap?) and Say It's Not True is boring. Roger's playing except for a few moments was just average and the Radio GaGa was just bad. And speaking of bad ideas, the video Freddie singing BoRap was a terrible idea. If you're going to perform the song then perform the song (see my INXS post). I love what the band does with the PR songs, but I'm not sure I really like his interpretation of Queen's. RT spoke of "a new direction", but I just don't see it. Overall it's kind of flat. Oh, and the cover couldn't be any worse either.

I should have bought the new Foo Fighters instead.