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Lindsey Buckingham: Songs from the Small Machine — Live in L.A. Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1:78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 4.0, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Spanish and French (bonus only)
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Run Time: 142 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: November 1st, 2011
  • List Price: $19.99

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

Click thumbnails for high-resolution 1920X1080p screen captures

(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:3.5/5]

Filmed at an exclusive show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA this past April, Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac) performed tracks from his career as well as selections from his new album Seeds We Sow. Lindsey was joined by his band and delivered quite the impressive range of music. From acoustic selections to guitar picking, from jamming with his bandmates to the classic Fleetwood Mac songs, everything is covered.

The following tracks are performed:

  1. Shut Us Down
  2. Go Insane
  3. Trouble
  4. Never Going Back Again
  5. Big Love
  6. Under The Skin
  7. All My Sorrows
  8. In Our Own Time
  9. Illumination
  10. Second Hand News
  11. Tusk
  12. Stars Are Crazy
  13. End of Time
  14. That’s the Way Love Goes
  15. I’m So Afraid
  16. Go Your Own Way
  17. Turn It On
  18. Treason
  19. Seeds We Sow

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Lindsey Buckingham Songs from the Small Machine arrives with a 1:78:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer. The show itself, as with most concerts, looks great. While the concert does maintain a rather ‘dark’ look with few on stage lighting used during the actual performance, detail is still rock solid (for evidence take a look at the final captured screenshot). Up close shots do showcase accurate contrast levels and flesh tones. There is a bit of grain, but I’d expect that as the show was shot on film. In all reality, the show just has a very natural, pleasing look and feel to it.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

As with most Blu-ray concerts I’ve seen, the provided PCM/DTS-HD Master Audio tracks are excellent. I sampled both and found I prefer the DTS-HD Master Audio over PCM as PCM sounded a bit tinier to me. With that said, the track has great atmosphere. Whether it be the background vocals of Buckingham echoing throughout the arena or the cheers from the audience, everything makes you feel as if you’re right there witnessing the event live. Vocals sounded fine via the front channel with no instance of drop out. LFE offers up decent bass mostly occurring the first initial acoustic sets. All in all, a truly fine effort from Eagle Rock.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1/5]

The supplements are quite thin:

  • Interview with Lindsey Buckingham – This is a fairly brief interview with Buckingham. He mostly speaks about going back on tour as well as his new album.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

If you’re a fan of Buckingham’s music, past or present, this is definitely a worthwhile disc to pick up. Eagle Rock has presented some of the best offerings Buckingham has with fine video and audio.

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Lindsey Buckingham: Songs from the Small Machine - Live in L.A. -

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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