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Status Quo: Pictures -
Live At Montreux 2009
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

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, 2010

 
 


This 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.

 


There 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.

 


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.

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.
 


This 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.