Remember That Night (2007) Blu-ray Review
PictureRemember that Night was obviously shot with a television audience in mind as this comes to us at 1080i/60 encoded with the VC-1 codec at 1.78:1. Remember that Night is a mixed bag really. At times the close up shots of individual band members or the band as a whole on stage are glorious in their use of colour and exemplary in the detail that's more than apparent. However, and as has been noted by the BD community, there are some shots which waver showing excessive grain. Certainly one of the shots I have included shows this level of grain quite noticeably.
Some of the shots included on this BD disc however were grabbed from the SD version and upscaled, perhaps this had something to do with some shots being crisp and clear and some not quite hitting the mark. I would suggest that it contributed in some way.
Close up shots of Gilmour and other band members come across well, perhaps too well and most are showing their age, warts and all. Colour fidelity in some shots is wonderfully presented, with swathes of colour washed across the screen from the lighting currently in use. None however stray from their borders and all are presented deep and lovingly. Contrast bears up remarkably well with dark areas of the audience still apparent and still showing the joy on the faces of the people lucky enough to have purchased a ticket.
As mentioned it is some distant or dry ice encumbered scenes which fare the worst. Here you will notice a massive amount of grain and whilst initially you do feel a little let down the music will keep your faith and as such it doesn't really detract from the concert itself; after all some of us old hippy Floyd fans will be 'watching' this in a darkened room with our eyes closed. It's good and it's at times bad... but it's never ugly.
SoundLike any concert footage of music disc this is where it has to come up trumps and Remember That Night doesn't let us down. It comes with two tracks, with an uncompressed PCM stereo and a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 offerings. The purists amongst you will naturally opt for the stero track and you'll be well rewarded with excellent range from the lows of Time to the harmonics of Find the Cost of Freedom. I gave this track a whirl and was mightily impressed with the wide stereo placement from the different band members.
Personally though I always enjoy the multi channel track for concerts, I feel it adds to the ambiance with discreet crowd effects emanating from your surrounds. I feel it allows the viewer to feel as though they were part of the crowd, here again Remember That Night ticks all the right boxes. Whilst the main audio fills your frontal array, as it should, and incorporating the same stereo effects the PCM track offered it adds the adulation of the crowd to the surrounds and this contributes to that concert feeling.
Tonal range is superb with low bass on Time coming across well defined to the crisp sharp vocals on Find the Cost of Freedom locked to the center, the detail in every note these three produce at that time worthy of demo material in itself. The rest of the footage doesn't let down either, the piercing guitar from Gilmour himself, the keyboard work of Wright and the percussion from DiStanislao all again pristine and perfectly defined. As concert footage goes this audio cannot really faulted and is worthy demo material from a dynamic range point of view.
ExtrasIf the 150 minutes of the first disc wasn't enough and if those 23 tracks only really whetted your appetite for more then read on as this second disc presents more tracks, documentaries, more tracks, video, yet more tracks and to cap it all off a nice little booklet with production photographs.
- Bonus Tracks from the Alber Hall - 28:59
Further tracks from this concert, including Wot's.. Uh The Deal, Dominoes, Wearing the Inside Out, Arnold Layne and Comfortably Numb. Here Gilmour certainly goes back to pre Gilmour and post Waters Floyd days, with tributes to Barrett again with Arnold Layne and Dominoes. The rendition of Comfortably Numb with Floyd member Wright is much better than the one offered up by Bowie. There's no reason why these shouldn't have been included on the main feature every track is worthwhile and easily up to the standard offered earlier.
- Further Tracks
Dark Globe, Astronomy Domine, This Heaven- A selection of tracks from other venues on the On an Island tour and some session work at Abbey Road studios. Leave Dark Globe playing ( do not use the All Play option ) and you get an acoustic version of Echoes at Abbey Road )
- The Mermaid Theatre Performance - 32:34
5 Tracks Castellorizon, On an Island, The Blue, Take A Breath, High Hopes. Tracks taken from his On An Island album and performed here in London, March 2006. Still shot on HD and reminded me more of Clapton's Edge of Darkness score, still a worthwhile listen. I preferred the Albert Hall concert footage though it seemed a little more passionate and polished. Recorded in front of a studio audience for BBC Radio 2. A warm up for the real concert.
- Music Videos - 10:44
On and Island and Smile. The usual videos as promotional material for the singles released from his album. Studio representations this time obviously but Gilmour's better live usually and his concert shows this. Here it just appears a little over produced. Crosby and Nash staring of course.
- Island Jam 2007 - 5:21
A jamming session, one which was initially streamed via dg.com.
- Track Selection
Another way to access some of the tracks listed earlier.
- Breaking Bread, Drinking Wine - 46:31
Footage of before, during and after the Albert Hall concert. Major players all are interviewed and all have their say on what its like to be on he road and how privileged they feel to be performing here. Additional content can be viewed as and when a silhouette guitarist appears on screen. Theres a small section where Gilmourt and Waters meet as they are recording in ajoining studios, the meeting comes across as a little strained. Guys work it out, please!
- The Making of On an Island - 17:20
His studio on a houseboat on the Thames built in 1911, purchased in 1986. Some shots of recording done in Abbey Road. Discusses Crosby and Nash and Wyatt on the cornet. Essentially discussing the process from initial concept through string recording, mixing at his own studio and final release. He thinks this is some of his best work for 30 years.
- The West Coast. - 5:14
Backstage on the US tour. Crosby, Nash and Gilmour doing a little jamming, some rehearsals and photo shoots. One backstage suite is straight out of a 60s psychedelic trip. Some personal VT footage as well. Jude Law sneaks in somewhere along the line.
- Photo Gallery
Auto slideshow feature of come capture from the tour.
Well it's immense really no fan could really ask for anything more from this set. Wonderful sound and all shot on HD to boot, albeit 1080i. Two excellent documentaries, but not only that a whole album full again of additional tracks. Ultimately the extras alone offer up almost 80 minutes of additional music tracks. Stunning.
VerdictWell with the ongoing battle between Waters and Gilmour you'll fall into one of two camps and your vision of this might be clouded somewhat beforehand. Personally I fall into Camp Waters, I just love his depressing lyrics; but that's me. In saying that though I approached this with an open mind and I was blown away with the end result. It's a stunning set, not only from a content point of view but also from the depth of extras included.
The image at times is a little grating and could have been a little better, this is only at times though, on other occasions through the image is excellent concert footage. The audio though is what's important here and it delivers the goods in spades, forks and rakes. Sit back, immerse yourself into some golden oldies and some newer Gilmour rock-folk tracks, you'll enjoy both.
The double disc set has an incredible amount of extras which any artist would be proud of, and any fan would be glad to have in their collection. It's a worthwhile addition to my own collection and one I shall return to frequently, to have an entire Gilmour album in there, live, is a bonus really. I cannot recommend this set highly enough.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £21.69
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- Bonus Tracks from the Alber Hall - 28:59