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Epileptics Need Not Apply - 80%

DethMaiden, February 21st, 2007

Iron Maiden definitely know how to make your entertainment dollar go further. A three-disc set for only $20? Hell yes! Of course, two of the discs are just different audio configurations of the same exact concert, but hey, it feels like you're getting more for your dollar.

Now we get to the actual concert. The setlist is about as much as you can ask for from a recent Maiden setlist, as they still play most of the classics they dropped for their recent A Matter of Life and Death tour. The performances are all stellar, especially Bruce's vocals (which have seemingly deteriorated in the last three years) and the acoustic parts played on Dance of Death and Journeyman. Paschendale is a highlight for the utter theatrics of it: shells flying, barbed wire, dead bodies, Bruce in a military uniform. That's what I'm talking about. Everything about the show is amazing, and every band member is firing on all cylinders. No complaints there.

However, the editing for the show, done by none other than Steve Harris, is an abomination. It "cuts to the heart of the action", as advertised, but in doing so it makes your eyeballs rattle around in your skull trying to keep up with the constant changes in camera view. The light show probably wouldn't be distracting if you were actually at the venue, but the editing makes it look like it's goal is to induce seizures. And believe you me, it does. The disc begins with a warning for people suffering from certain forms of epilepsy, and I suggest that you heed this warning. It isn't enough to make the sheer power of a Maiden show weakened, because this is still a fantastic DVD, but goddamn. Keep 'Arry away from the controls.

As for the bonus features, they're entertaining, but they're standard run-of-the-mill Maiden bonus features. An hour of Maiden discussing the making of Dance of Death and the tour in which Nicko has some great punchlines, forty minutes of fans talking about how they got into Maiden and whatnot, which may evoke some nostalgia, and a Life on the Road documentary which is pretty basic but also has funny parts. You also get the atrocious "Wildest Dreams" music video and the pretty-damn-good-for-Maiden "Rainmaker" video.

This is definitely worth the $20, but don't come crying to me when you're forced to check into intensive care for your seizures.