The Eagles – Farewell 1 Tour – Live From Melbourne

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

As an avid movie-watcher, I sometimes forget that there’s another medium called music. Yes, music is what makes movies – movies, but the radio has made just as many stars as the silver screen has. I know nothing of rap, classical music or even country but one of my favorite bands has been “The Eagles” for quite some time. I suppose it shows my age a bit, that I remember when a lot of these songs were popular (well, they’re still popular, but I’m talking “on the charts” popular). The Eagles found success with their blend of rock and roll mixed with a bit of country/western feel to it. Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh had pretty successful solo careers, but the band – The Eagles – is what made them stars. About ten years ago, they reunited for a concert called “Hell Freezes Over” and the subsequent DVD was one of the best examples of how pure and clean something could sound. Fast forward ten years and we’re again treated to the sounds and songs of The Eagles in full DTS sound.

I don’t know how many “Farewell” tours the Eagles have planned and I hope they never break up, but it’s obvious that they still have legions of fans around the world. This new 2-Disc set is pretty much everything the true fan could ask for. Ok, it’s lacking on supplements (sporting only a ten minute featurette with the band), but with 30 songs spanning across the discs, it’s the next best thing to being at the concert. And while on the concert, it was filmed in Melbourne, Australia (hence the title “The Eagles Farewell I Tour: Live from Melbourne) and evidently the Aussies like the band as much as we Yanks do. Of note, I did notice the camera pans the crowd quite a bit and manages to find just about every beautiful Australian woman there (of which there are quite a few, I simply must make it down to Australia sometime). If you have the older “Hell Freezes Over” disc, you’ve no need for it as this set contains most, if not all, the songs from it and in better sound. The image is anamorphic (more on that below) and the experience is nothing short of spectacular.

Video: How does it look?

The concert is shown in a 1.78:1 anamorphic ratio that looks unbelievable. Do you ever wonder why they always have concert videos playing when you walk into a home theater store? Well, that’s because they look amazing and sound that way too. This is certainly no exception. I saw maybe only a few instances where the image was compromised, but suffice it to say when you can see the beads of sweat on the performers’ faces – it’s a very good image. One thing that bothered me about the “Hell Freezes Over” disc was that it was full-frame. They’ve done it right this time and the result is one helluva good picture!

Audio: How does it sound?

The sound is just as good as I had expected. The only drawback (like the previous “Hell Freezes Over” disc) is that it’s DTS or PCM stereo – no Dolby track. So for those out there that don’t have a DTS option, they certainly won’t be getting the full experience. That said, the DTS sound is amazing, filling the room with so much ambiance that you’ll literally feel like you’re right there. Every channel is used so often, I found myself spinning around the room just to hear what was coming out of what speaker. Vocals are crystal clear and lifelike. There’s nothing to complain about here, folks. This is one great-sounding set.

Supplements: What are the extras?

While the set excels in the technical departments, all we get is a ten minute interview with the band. Sure, it’s exciting but it’s nothing we’ve seen before. The concert is the real draw here (and the makers of the DVD knew that), so you’ll get what you pay for but it does come up short in this department.

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