8/3/2007 - Review by: Kim ThoreDream Theater - Score - 2006 - Rhino Records
To celebrate their anniversary, Dream Theater didn’t go with a commerative plate as the traditional gift idea but instead has released the "Score" 2-DVD which contains the entire "20th Anniversary World Tour" grand finale recorded live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 1st, 2006. Set aside an afternoon and turn off your cell as the dvd contains nearly 3 hours of music – and over 90 minutes of it was performed with a full orchestra).
The DVD also contains a 1 hour Documentary tracking the entire career of the band from the very beginnings at the Berklee College Of Music in 1985 all the way to the Radio City Music Hall grand finale. Included for the Dream Theater rabid fan is rare and never before seen footage and interviews with current and previous members of the band. Also included on the DVD are several live Bonus Tracks from through the years taken from the Portnoy Archives.
Notable performances include “The Root of All Evil”, “Under a Glass Moon” and “War Inside My Head”.
While the technical sound quality of the dvd is good (it is radio city music hall after all), and LaBrie's vocals are spot on, the camera work feels a bit high schoolish and choppy and if you’re looking for a band in serious need of a stylist, you’ve found it. Mike Portnoy directed it-and a graduate of the Scorsese directing school he is not. The extra footage may be worth your purchasing power but if you want to basically get the gist, you can just as easily put all of their cds on a disc changer and call it a day.
The dvd is noteworthy but it is definitely a dvd marketed for the die hard fan jones-ing for a trip down memory lane or some guy in New Jersey who is seriously upset he’s missed every one of their concerts. –Strutter July 30, 2007
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