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The original release of Iron Maiden’s Live After Death concert video definitely hit home with Maiden fans everywhere. Now, 23 years later, Eddie and the boys are back again, along with the same reaction and reception of the old fans (with the addition of a new generation of Maiden freaks, of course). The title says it all; as awesome as you would expect, but with more.
Disc 1 is the concert, which has been re-vamped with video/audio re-mastering, along with a new 5.1 Surround Sound audio mix, which totally rocks. The live renditions of the songs are very well-done, and very close to the originals, especially a song like Rime of the Ancient Mariner, knowing how long it is. This is definitely the best display of classic Maiden, and the best display of how theatrical the band is on tour.
Disc 2 is where it gets interesting. The History of Iron Maiden, Part 2 is a very good look at the Powerslave-era of the band, and quite funny too. Rock In Rio 1985 is also cool, since it was the very first one, although not every song in the set is on the DVD. Behind The Iron Curtain is cool as well, since it’s been out of print for a long time, so it’s sweet to see it included on this DVD. The others things like ‘Ello Texas, the music videos, and the still galleries, are great additions to an already awesome DVD.
I only have 2 beefs with this DVD, which keep it for getting 99%. Firstly, the editing isn’t always the greatest. I don’t know whether to blame it on a lack of a good editor, or a lack of easy-to-use editing technology in ’85, or maybe both, but the shots don’t always sync up with the audio. Either they are the wrong shots, or the audio may be slightly ahead or behind the video. I noticed this especially with shots of Nicko. You’re probably thinking, “Nobody notices that stuff, because he’s the drummer”, but as a drummer myself, I DO notice. Secondly, there aren’t any easter eggs. I’m not the biggest Maiden fan in the world, so I don’t know what kinds of little things they could’ve added as easter eggs for this DVD. But the point is that there aren’t any, and that kinda sucks.
Overall, this is the best display of classic Maiden, and a must for any fan. If you’re a Maiden freak, you probably have it by now. If you are only a small fan, then you’ll be a lot more into them because of this DVD. The material is great on both discs, and it’s not lacking anything, DVD-wise. Awesome stuff m/_(-_-)_m/.