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Phil Collins: Live at Montreux 2004 Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080i/60 (29.970Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/16-bit), LPCM 2.0 (48kHz/16-bit), Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: NR
  • Run Time: 231 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: March 26, 2012
  • List Price: $19.98

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Performance
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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(All TheaterByte screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG at 100% quality setting and are meant as a general representation of the content. They do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Performance

[Rating:3.5/5]

Ah, Phil Collins, the former frontman and drummer for prog-rock greats Genesis. Surely battles have been waged for decades by music lovers over who is better – Phil Collins or original Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel. I fall into the camp who prefers the latter, both with and without Genesis. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate Phil Collins; not at all. In fact, when it comes to Genesis, at least, right up through ABACAB, I’m with them, even though I still prefer the Gabriel-fronted material. After that, things become far more clearly defined. The line gets drawn as Genesis and Collins hit the 1980s and go way over toward the commercial side and Gabriel, though he would flirt with superstardom after the release of his Daniel Lanois produced album So, maintained more of an aloof, alternative/progressive/world beat aesthetic.

But enough of that. Collins clearly has his following and a rather long list of big solo hits, which is what this 2004 Montreux appearance was all about. There are no Genesis numbers included in the set, just all of the hits from Collins’ illustrious solo career, including his many Brit-soul ballads, like “One More Night,” his cover of “Groovy Kind of Love” and “Against all Odds.” Of course, no Phil Collins show would be complete without his first major solo breakthrough, “In the Air Tonight,” an obvious crowd pleaser.

Track Listing:

  1. Drum Thing
  2. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven
  3. Against All Odds
  4. Don’t Lose My Number
  5. You’ll Be In My Heart
  6. One More Night
  7. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
  8. Hang In Long Enough
  9. True Colours
  10. Come With Me
  11. A Groovy Kind Of Love
  12. I Missed Again
  13. Another Day In Paradise
  14. No Way Out
  15. Separate Lives
  16. In The Air Tonight
  17. Dance Into The Light
  18. You Can’t Hurry Love
  19. Two Hearts
  20. Wear My Hat
  21. Easy Lover
  22. Sussudio
  23. It’s Not Too Late
  24. Drums Again
  25. Take Me Home

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

An original HD production, Phil Collins: Live at Montreux 2004 shows up on Blu-ray in a 1080i/60 AVC/MPEG-4 encodement that has a respectable amount of detail, a life-like image and reasonably clean appearance for a concert disc. While it isn’t the sharpest looking imagery I’ve seen for a show, given the 8-year-old vintage, a lifetime in the world of high definition production, it looks pretty good.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

It’s unfortunate that on the audio side of things, this Montreux show only arrives in a 48kHz/16-bit offering, be it the lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 or the LPCM 2.0 mix. Still, one can listen to either mix and hear a very solid effort. Deep bass notes, thumping rhythms a good sense of dynamics and performance space mark the 5.1 mix while the 2.0 offers up the same with a little less spacing and low frequency extension. A 24-bit version might have helped take the edge off the high slightly and made some trail offs sound a tad bit or natural.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

Supplementing the 2004 show is a 1996 set (in standard definition) with the Phil Collins Big Band, led by the legendary Quincy Jones, with guest appearances by Tony Bennet, amongst others. The set includes some of Collins’ biggest hits arranged in the jazzy, big band style, without vocals and Collins on percussion.

1996 Track Listing:

  1. Two Hearts
  2. That’s All
  3. In The Air Tonight
  4. Invisible Touch
  5. West Side
  6. Against All Odds
  7. Hand In Hand
  8. There’ll Be Some Changes Made (featuring Tony Bennett)
  9. Milestones
  10. Los Endos
  11. Always
  12. Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me
  13. Sussudio

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

A good, if somewhat lacking in overall energy, live greatest hits package for Phil Collins fans, Live at Montreux 2004 puts the focus squarely on the singer/songwriter/drummer’s solo career. With the long list of tracks, it proves that he has had a very successful one at that. Recommended.

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Purchase Phil Collins: Live at Montreux 2004 at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Performance
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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