Released: 2001, PHD Canada
It's finally here! I have been waiting for the North American release of this DVD for MONTHS!!! Originally this came out earlier this year and was not for region 1 DVD players and it was also in the European PAL format as opposed to the NTSC format which our TV’s handle. So after months of being on back order and delay after delay I finally got my copy during Christmas. I would like to say it was worth the wait but to hell with waiting. When I want something I want it immediately…fuck waiting. So onto the DVD.
In terms of the DVD itself, the DVD screens have text on it that is insanely hard to read. Perhaps they look fine on a zillion dollar high definition television, but on a normal decent TV they are hard to read. The other thing that was weird was when you go to the concert section the first option is “watch all” – selecting that just reloads the current screen?!? To view the concert you have to select the first song on the list then the whole thing plays. The other DVD features include a photo gallery. One is the standard band pics which is cool because you get to see some “ancient” shots of the band when all of them (minus vocalist Tarja) had no hair and looked very young!! The other photo gallery is the live shots. As usual, this is a waste of space because they only use stills from the live video. I hate it when they do that on a DVD. They should use live shots from OTHER gigs…otherwise I see no point because you can press pause during the concert if you have some sort of fascination with seeing stills. The next bonus feature is the interviews. There are two, one with Tarja that is unfortunately in Finnish. However, it’s subtitled and is actually a good interview. The second is with keyboardist Tuomas, done in English by some Brazilian journalist. There is also bonus footage showing the typical band antics offstage. This kind of stuff is always a great laugh!! More bonus footage comes in the way of two extra live songs – “Walking In The Air” and “The Kinslayer.” While both are good, it is unfortunate that both were also on the main concert as well. Too bad it wasn’t bonus tracks that were not performed on the main concert. Lastly, there are two promo videos “The Carpenter” and “Sleeping Sun.” Neither really represents what Nightwish are about now, especially with “The Carpenter” from the pre OCEANBORN (1998) EP ANGELS FALL FIRST (1997). The song itself is very much a pop song and is not what Nightwish have been doing since. It’s too bad they didn’t include all their videos! In any case, this is just me nitpicking because the heart of this DVD, the live concert, is awesome! None of my favorite Nightwish songs were left out. There are two cool guest appearances on vocals with Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica and Wilska as the death metal vocalist on “The Pharaoh Sails To Orion.” Tarja’s vocals are as always, spine tingling. She delivers live as good as studio. Perfect performance and she has a nice wardrobe as well – not that the clothing has anything to do with the music, but he costumes are very cool looking!
If you are a fan of Nightwish this is a MUST HAVE DVD. If you don’t have a DVD player, then this is yet another reason to pick one up. If that’s impossible then you might be able to pick the CD version of this up off of ebay or something. I wouldn’t recommend the CD though as this is something that is way better to see performed.
Official Website: http://www.Nightwish.com