|Review: Stratovarius - Infinite Visions|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2000
Duration: 145 min.
Review online: October 22, 2001
Reviewed by: Pierre Bégin
Rated 4.18/5 (83.64%) (11 Votes)
The DVD covers more than 10 years of the band's history in a little over 2 hours. There are 2 main sections on the DVD.
The main chapters section contains 27 tracks of recording sessions, backstage footage and live performance. From a short clip live at the Giants of Rock in Finland in 1988 to a mega show on the Infinity tour in 2000, we see the band evolve and the attendance grow. The live songs are rarely recorded entirely except for songs recorded near 2000. Of course, the quality of the recording is far better than at the beginning.
The video clips section cover 5 clips of the band's career plus a very good interpretation of Hold On To Your Dream unplugged with only Timo Kotipelto on voice and Timo Tolkki on guitar.
When I bought it, I though it was a live show (if you see the cover, you'll understand why). :)I would prefer to see and hear an entire performance of Stratovarius live than see a footage documentary. However, it was great to see them in recording sessions and live in Finland, Germany, Japan, Spain and so on but it was way too long to see the band and the crew members fooling around at the hotel, backstage and on the bus. Also, there are 2 or 3 misprints in the text on the screen like "Black Daimond".
Beside that, everything was great. The band plays very tight on stage and the charismatic Timo Kotipelto sings very accurately and well. The video clips section was awesome especially Black Diamond, Hunting High And Low and Kiss Of Judas. The quality of those clips is outstanding. These clips are of far better quality than the clips they play nowadays on music channels! Hunting High And Low is artistically one of the best clip I've ever seen. Wonderful!
Overall, a very good DVD. If only to finally see those great video clips, it's worth the price.
1. A Million Light Years Away
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