Date: April 20, 2004
Review Date: March 25, 2004
This review copy was not in final packaging, but is a pressed unlabelled DVD
1. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2. The Best of Times
3. Too Much Time On My Hands
4. Boat on the River
5. Mr. Roboto
(on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best)
Track Listing: 4
Video Quality: 4
This DVD is part of UMe's 20th Century Masters DVD series, which takes five of
one band's videos and releases them at a budget price. The videos selected here
are not necessarily the five I would have picked (although three are; "The
of Times", "Too Much Time On My Hands", and "Mr. Roboto").
said, I'm glad they put "Boat on the River" on here. It was recorded
on their live stage as a promo video (clearly), and I think I have it on some
videotape copied from someone in Japan. It is clearly 1979/80 (nice sparkly shirt,
Tommy). Very cool to watch. The "BOTR" video made the DVD all the more worth
myself. "Blue Collar Man" is the live version from Caught In The
Act, which as of the writing of this review, is slated to be released the
as Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology.
For videos, the youngest of which is 1984, they look pretty good. There
is no way I could have rated this one a 5 above; you're not going to get modern
from this stuff.
Overall, I didn't notice too much pixelization. "BCM", which has a
lot of reds
from being live, had the usual isses most DVDs have with reds - pixelization
was a bit easier to tell. "TMTOMH", "TBOT", and "BCM" looked
the best. "BOTR"
looked remarkably good, and just suffered from some film spots occasionally (the
white ones); the
master used for "Boat
definitely kept in good shape (and makes you salivate at what else is in the
vaults!). Sadly, the one video that probably looked the worst was "Mr. Roboto"
and the color/pixelization was most apparent to me. The video quality never detracted
from my enjoyment of watching.
The audio sounded great all around. No complaints.
Packaging and DVD Menus
review copy did not have the external packaging (but was a pressed
disc with no artwork), so I'll update this section when I see the final
Navigating the DVD is simple. From the main menu, you can either play all of
the tracks or select the one you want. The center plays bits from each video
in a revolving loop until you make a selection.
The menu for selecting the individual songs is also very simple. Each song has
looping and moving clip for each video.
this is not a full Styx video collection, there is no excuse for Styx
fans not to pick this release up for a few reasons:
1. It will be priced cheaply (others in this series I think list at roughly $9.99,
and can be had cheaper).
2. You cannot get these videos on DVD anywhere else.
3. If it sells well, maybe UMe will consider releasing a complete video collection
for the band. There is certainly enough material to do so.
Styx fans celebrate ... the video vault is open, and let's hope it stays that