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Status Quo: Pictures -
Live At Montreux 2009
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 243 Minutes
Studio: Eagle Vision
Retail Price: $24.98
Features: Quo In Montreux, Rossi Cam: Down Down & Roll Over, Parfitt Cam: Where You Want & Rain, Pictures: Auction
Specs: 1.78 Widescreen 1080i High Screen, LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio
Released: January 12,
Status Quo concert, recorded live in 2009, is presented in 1080i high
definition with the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1. This is a solid
transfer, that makes you feel like you are up close watching the band.
Color saturation is quite good, and fleshtones on the band members
appear to be quite accurate. Black levels hit their mark too, but it's
the detail that really stands out the most — the amount of little
things you'll notice on the band's faces, their instruments and the
stage is staggering. The concert is well shot to boot, making this is a
pleasing experience to watch.
are three audio options to go with, but the highlight is the DTS HD
Master Audio that's in 5.1. This is an energetic and immersive mix
that, like the video presentation, really makes you feel like you're at
the concert. Fidelity is strong and dynamic range is excellent. Bass is
deep, surrounds are enveloping and every nuance of the instruments come
off as aunnciated: the guitar licks, drums and vocals. Subwoofer use is
satisfying too, and the audience noises are mixed into the thick of
things nice and subtly.
A 2.0 LPCM stereo track is included, as well as a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.
Pictures: Auction is a small piece that has artists creating paintings in charity. Rossi Cam and Parfitt Cam showcase alternate angles for the songs "Down Down & Roll Over" and "Whatever You Want & Rain." There's also Quo In Montreux that focuses on the performance at the festival.
There are good amount of goodies here, but the crown jewel is the brand new documentary Pictures: The Story Of 40 Years Of Hits.
Running nearly 100 minutes, the documentary traces the origins of the
band, their major songs, and how they evolved with the times.
Interviews, photos, performance clips and more tell their engaging and
rich story. A must watch for any Status Quo band.
is a definitive Status Quo release: you get an excellent concert that
looks and sounds great, as well as the incredibly comprehensive
documentary "Pictures." The little extras are a nice touch, but it's
the main portions that really make this Blu-ray release compelling. For
fans of this enduring band, this is a must buy.