Would recommend to anyone that likes quality DVDs. Les versions sont excellentes. C'est bien peu pour un groupe de cette envergure. Ces quelques extraits sont une source rare. These films are great from a historic point of veiw as well as an entertaining one. In most cases this is all there is from the early part or hey day of these bands and artists. In the case of the Moody Blues The Moody Blues - Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival Threshold Of A Dream (Blu-ray) far as i know this is the only film of them with the full original line up.
One of the Moodies even talks about how excited he was when he found out they were making this film because he did not know they filmed the most of the set. Now the whole set is not in film You need to buy the CD for that and like in the case of ELP you can tell parts of songs were not filmed or the film did not make it to the 21 century.
So in those places you get shots of the festival. The interveiws are great and once the concert starts it is uninterupted so you don't have talking over solo's or any of that crap. I just hope people buy these DVD's so that more will be released.
I really don't see how a fan could not love this film. Oh yea, the sound is great! See all reviews from Canada. Top international reviews. Actually, whether you were there or not, this is a great set from the IOW Festival at Freshwater. A must have for MB fans, but a great piece of period nostalgia. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote.
Please try again. This video is a treasure. The audio and video is excellent, and the additional current interviews add greatly to the enjoyment of seeing this show. I was at Woodstock in and just returned from the 40th anniversary, so I was recently transported back in time, more due to reconnecting with old friends.
The Moody Blues have always been one of my favorite bands and it's really a shame they werent' at Woodstock. The music this group produces is wonderful, but beyond the music is a soul and connection this group is able to convey and draw its listeners participants in to, and connect on a much higher transcended level.
This DvD is an absolute must have for any Moody Blues fan, but also for any one that just enjoys great music and songs that are guaranteed to fill you with warmth, love, compassion, and take you higher.
There's so much audio and visual material available chronicling the Isle of Wight Festival, and all of it bears witness to a chaotic weekend. The Moody Blues played to a massive crowd at a time when festival PAs were in the development stage and on-stage foldback was a relatively recent innovation.
Add to that an atmosphere of tension and aggression see the "Message To Love" DVD and it's a wonder so many great sets were played over that weekend. However, overall they play a fine set. The musicianship is tight, the singing is usually very good and the Moodys The Moody Blues - Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival Threshold Of A Dream (Blu-ray) appear to be enjoying the experience. By that time they'd released five of the classic seven albums of their prog rock period, so they have a lot of great songs to choose from.
There's always something poignant about viewing historical footage, and seeing the band at the top of their game all of them had been playing live for many yearsand still so very young, is quite a contrast with the band of today. The sound quality is very reasonable, as is the picture. Sometimes the audio and visuals don't match - I guess some of the film stock didn't survive the decades - but that's a very minor complaint. It's a great DVD. I recommend you buy it. There are several concert DVDs currently available for the Moody Blues, but this is the one I find to be the most satisfying - much more so than the others.
For one thing it's the only DVD that features the 5-man line-up that made them famous, i. This is a "warts and all" one-take performance, and I prefer those to the overly polished concerts of the more modern DVDs.
More recent Moody Blues DVD concerts have two drummers, and while the second drummer does a great job, this DVD shows the band performing as they did during the peak of their fame - and I feel drummer Graeme Edge does an outstanding job on his own.
I'd have liked a somewhat longer concert, but this is apparently the entire concert as played that day, at that festival. One of the songs - a Mike Pinder composition called "The Sunset" shows only the crowd as we hear the audio portion.
It would have been nice to see the band during "The Sunset", but I'm guessing that the video portion of the band was lost or not recorded, while the audio recording was preserved. If so, then I applaud the decision to include the song as an "audio only" plus crowd scenes rather than a blank screen - better to include the song that way, then to drop it entirely.
Also, some people object to the final song using visuals from both the day's concert performance as well as earlier ones; I understand that objection, but I actually think the "video montage" works well for one song I'm glad they didn't do the entire DVD that way, however - and it IS the proper audio track for that song i.
All in all, this is not perfect, the Moodys make a few minor mistakes here and there, but to me this is the perfect preservation of a Moody Blues concert when they were at their best and most "real". Thus this gets 5-stars all the way, because this is an immensely satisfying, very real show, and because there are no other filmed and recorded full concerts that I'm aware of of the Moody Blues with the 5-man line-up for which they are famous.
Just finished watching this, loud with the DTS track, The Moody Blues - Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival Threshold Of A Dream (Blu-ray), and I could almost swear I could smell the pot smoke from the audience.
The concert footage is a great time capsule, and it's well worth the reasonable asking price. It's a true representation of the classic line-up Moodies live, and although as others have mentioned they could be a little rough there's wonderful energy here, a true "live" performance by a band that looks a little intimidated at the magnitude of the event they're performing at.
As such there's a nervous enthusiasm that's very fun to watch. Kind of amusing to see that they're apparently using the Who's and Jethro Tull's speaker stacks, at least that's what stenciled on them.
I wish the performance material was completely untouched, especially the "Ride my See-Saw" encore. Instead it's been made into a montage of various clips of the song played by the band through the years.
It breaks the "time and place" ambiance, but as mentioned in other reviews perhaps the Isle of Wight footage wasn't complete. Small quibble, and the opening new interviews, especially with Mike Pinder at the mellotron are very worthwhile. BTW, for fans of the instrument there's a new documentary out on it's history called "Mellodrama - History of the Mellotron".
Haven't seen it yet, but can't wait. Load more international reviews. Great video! The original lineup of the Moodies. Sound quality and camera work actually very good considering the original recording date. I always thought the Moody Blues could not sound the same live as they did when recorded in a studio.
I was right, but these guys could pull off playing hits from their albums live in front of six hundred thousand people-Wow!! I guar-rone-tee There is some very interesting background information about michael Pinder and his instrument- the Melotron? A special thanks to Eagle Rock Entertainment for releasing this dvd. If you are a fan of the core 7 albums and the five members who created that wonderful music, then you are going to love watching this dvd.
For me, the Isle of Wight concert was basically England's version of Woodstock with over a half a million people attending. The band's performance is a little rough around the edges, but you can see how all five members show their delight and excitement and even a little fear in performing in front of that huge audience. Especially fun to watch perform is Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge. New interviews with the members are included miss Ray.
The interview with Mike Pinder talking about and demonstrating the mellotron is fascinating. Also fun to watch is the band performing songs that are not currently on their tour lists Gypsy. Currently, at the end of their concerts, John Lodge always thanks the audience for following them on their journey, and it is wonderful to have this recording taken from around the beginning of that journey. So if you are a fan of British rock or a die-hard fan of the Moodies, this dvd is a must have.
Especially if you are one of the Troubadour Justin Hayward fans. Long-time Moodies fan here. This is a fantastic trip down memory lane. Not really much to add to all the other reviews, but we love this DVD and the memories it conjures Highly recommended!
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