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Old 10-19-2009, 10:24 PM   #41
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The setlist is:


1.OPENING
2.Magic Music
3.Level 42
4.You know you love me
5.L.drunk
6.はやる気持ち的 My World
7.TREE CLIMBERS
8.マスタッシュ
9.dolphin
10.You
11.どこ
12.Snowdome
13.Whatever are you looking for?
14.Ground Control
15.ワニと小鳥
16.Butterfly
17. STARs
18.1115
19.BEAT
20.Yellow
21.BANZAI (アンコール)
22.Honey B
23.リルラ リルハ
24.Jasper
25.Circle
26.happiness!!

thanks not bad.. I hope this one looks better than the bad namie concert :x
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:28 PM   #42
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thanks not bad.. I hope this one looks better than the bad namie concert :x
I'm still surprised that the Namie concert didn't turn out all that well. The Dreams Come True 20th Anniversary 2009 tour was packed with features but also received criticism on its blurry PQ at times.

Looking at December Blu-ray music releases in Japan and no J-pop/J-rock but Santana, Marilyn Manson and Earth Wind.


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Old 11-07-2009, 01:53 PM   #43
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I asked HMV japan and they told me that the new Chatmonchy BD is free region, so I preordered it ^^
BTW, in a preview of the dvd in Japan Countdown (a japanese show) they say that it'll be multi-angle (In the preview you can see the image split in 3 parts, one for each member of the band)
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Just finished watching the Blu-ray for abingdon boys school - "abingdon boys school JAPAN TOUR 2008".

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Duration: 133 Minutes
Released on December 24, 2008
Video: 16:9, 1920x1080 (59.94i)
Audio: Stereo/Linear PCM (48 kHz/16-bit)

Quick review:


The abingdon boys school (aka a.b.s.) was a band formed by Takanori Nishikawa (best known by his music persona T.M.Revolution). In 2005, Nishikawa joined up with Sunao (guitarist), Hiroshi Shibasaki (guitarist, former guitarist of WANDS and al.ni.co) and Toshiyuki Kishi (keyboards, programming and turntable).

The name of abingdon boys school is named after the British independent school Abingdon School based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and the same school attended by rock band Radiohead.

In February 2008, the band held a special concert at Zepp Tokyo which the band recorded for their Japan Tour 2008 DVD and Blu-ray release.

The video would showcase the concert plus the band behind-the-scenes preparing for the concert during rehearsals. While there is no encore on the actual main concert portion, MC portion was included on the encore segment.

Included on the DVD/Blu-ray is a special bonus movie "EBS Documentary -a.b.s. JAPAN TOUR 2009-" which would showcase the group performing at several venues and showing their daily rituals, giving fans a sneak peek at the members of the group and how they interact with their fans during the concert.

The tracklisting for "abingdon boys school JAPAN TOUR 2008" is as follows:

01. opening -ReVerse-
02. As One
03. HOWLING
04. DOWN TO YOU
05. NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
06. Via Dolorosa
07. DESIRE
08. SUNAO solo
09. BLADE CHORD
10. SHIBASAKI solo
11. Desert Rose
12. Nephilim
13. LOST REASON - feat. MICRO from Home Made Kazoku -
14. stay away
15. Fre@k $HOW
16. INNOCENT SORROW

-Encore-
01. MC
02. Dress
03. Sweetest Coma Again
04. Atena
05. ending -ReBirth-

VIDEO & AUDIO QUALITY:

"abingdon boys school JAPAN TOUR 2008" is featured in 16:9, 1920x1080 (59.94i). I have to admit that this is one of the better shot Japanese concerts I've seen in awhile. There are a lot of camera placements from closeups of each member of the band, cameras stationed right in front of the stage, behind the stage, above the stage, high above the audience, right in front of the drums.

During the faster-paced songs, there is a lot of editing and typically, I'm quite anal about concerts using the 3-second quick edits because sometimes when used, the concert doesn't give your eyes a chance to fixate on the artist or band member because it keeps switching out. But somehow for this concert, editing works very well according to the music. Slow-tempo or mid-tempo tracks stick with the 8-second cut.

But overall, lighting is very well done and not much emphasis on the stage but the overall crowd excitement and lighting around Nishikawa and the band members.

But as for the video quality, this is where the video suffers and possibly is an upconvert. there is quite a bit of grain, compression artifacts, occasional banding and even combing. It's not the the most beautiful looking concert in HD and that's disappointing because the camera work and editing and choice shots during the concert were well-done.

Audio quality is another disappointment for those with a 5.1 or higher setup (yes, I know in Japan, very few people have a solid setup and that most can't really blast their concerts loud due to their close living proximity and thin walls) as the concert is only featured in Stereo/Linear PCM (48KHz/16-bit). For the most part, concert sounded fine but I personally felt it was better just to set my receiver with stereo on all channels.

The documentary is quite enjoyable in terms of content but similar to the concert, you get the similar PQ and AQ.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Now this is where the Blu-ray gets pretty interesting. Included are:

- EBS Documentary -a.b.s. JAPAN TOUR 2008 - Included is a half hour documentary with narration by an English woman. The discussions are not translated via English subtitles but she pretty much explains most of the scenes of what Nishikawa and band members are talking about. Her narration does feature non-removable Japanese subtitles. Special guests in the documentary include Takuya of UVERworld and MICRO of HOME MADE Kazoku.

It's quite interesting to listen to because the narrator talks about a.b.s. creating music for the galaxy and as long as their is evil, the band will continue to fight in all four corners of the galaxy.

But another cool feature for the documentary is audio commentary by all members of the band.

- JAPANESE TOUR 2008 ASSEMBLY KIT - Like the instructions that come with a model kit, you get an 11x17 folded guide with each track accompanied by odd photos on one side and production credits on the other.

- Lyrics booklet - Designed like a translation booklet with English, Japanese, Spanish, German, French and Italian on the front with Japanese checked on. Also, featured in the booklet is a story titled "amazing band story".

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Overall, I enjoyed the concert and the documentary feature because it's full of energy and you can tell the band is feeding off the energy from the audience. The audience was totally into it and as mentioned earlier, this is one of better Japanese concerts in terms of camera utilization and editing.

It's just a shame as some Japanese concerts on Blu-ray such as "abingdon boys school JAPAN TOUR 2008" look like they are just upconverts and audio is just in stereo but this an older 2008 release and I know some 2009 releases have improved in overall quality.

As for the main difference between the DVD version, the DVD limited edition version contains a bonus disc with the commentary for the documentary, special sleeve and sticker.

If you are an abingdon boys school fan, the concert is very enjoyable and the documentary is very entertaining but if you are expecting awesome PQ and AQ in HD, then this release unfortunately comes up short.


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Old 11-27-2009, 07:48 PM   #45
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My Chatmonchy BD was sent out today, should arrive next week
Will post my opinion here if it's true what HMV told me about the region free-nes >_>
PS: A mate who got it told me that the quality is really better compared to Main Dish BD.
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Even though the picture quality was great on DVD, I'd love to have Shiina Ringo's Live Expo 2008 release on Blu ray.
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Hey DSO, Just wanted to let you know that today...Chatmonchy was announced to perform at SXSW2010.

Also, they are looking for people to make their next music video:

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Chatmonchy is now seeking for filmmakers! - Chatmonchy video contest
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Whether you're a pro or an amateur, Chatmonchy is asking you to make their next music video!


<Application Period>: 12/11/2009 - 1/11/2010

<How to apply>: Send three or more video pieces that you have created to Ki/oon Records by mail (not email). Send data on CD-R, DVD-R, VHS, SD Card, USB memory card. The video themselves can be of any content, length or file format. (*Materials will not be returned to you.)

<Winner>: If chosen as the winner of the contest, Ki/oon Records will contact you regarding planning and creation of Chatmonchy's next video. You will create the video under their standard hiring contract and be paid for the work (presently undisclosed amount). (presently undisclosed amount). Production time is scheduled to take about two months. (If you are under 20 years of age, a parent and/or legal guardian’s signature is necessary in the contract.) (It is not guaranteed that Chatmonchy members will appear in the music video.)

*Login to their Facebook site for further details!


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did kaelas tour come out already? anyone see it?


any new releases for january?
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Yeah, would love to go there, but I'm from Spain >_>
It's pretty interesting how they are going international in this new era for them. They made a myspace and facebook too with translated news and diarys
I watched the BD already, haven't watched Main Dish's so I can't really compare, but I really enjoyed it. The quality was pretty good in my opinion.
The audio is different from a big live venue, since it's a livehouse and the acoustic is different. They could have added a better audio quality though, I think it's the same than the DVD.
And yes, it's free region
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Good, thanks for sharing...
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Does anyone know if either Bird or maybe Paris Match has a concert ever coming out on Blu?
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Does anyone know if either Bird or maybe Paris Match has a concert ever coming out on Blu?
I don't think so. Mainly because they were popular a decade ago. Bird was one of the first DVD's I owned back then and Paris Match, wow...I used to be a big fan of their music but that was back in the early 2000's or maybe late 90's I think. I think Bird's last music release was in 2003 and as for Paris Match, I think the last release was their anthology DVD back in 2008 covering 2000-2005.

As for upcoming J-Pop Blu-ray releases:

AYAKA - MTV Unplugged - January 20, 2010
Animelo Summer Live 2009 RE:BRIDGE 8.22 - February 24, 2010

As for Chatmonchy, I will be interviewing the band soon (still deciding if I want to do it before or after SXSW), so if you have any questions you would like me to ask, please PM me.


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THE MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT - THEE MOVIE-LAST HEAVEN 031011 coming to blu-ray on Feb. 17th. Running time 180 mins. Special Features: Thee Extended Edition (30 minutes added to original version), footage from preview talk event on December 14, 2009 and trailer

Movie preview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mmmy527asQ
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I know there are Chatmonchy fans on here... just an FYI that they will be performing at SXSW and also in NYC, SF and LA afterward (appearances not full concerts) if you want to meet the trio.

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

March 19 Austin, TX           Elysium (SXSW Japan Nite)
March 21 New York, NY         Bowery Ballroom (Japan Nite Tour)
March 24 Los Angeles, CA       Amoeba Music (In-store)
March 26 San Francisco, CA      Amoeba Music (In-store)
March 26 San Francisco, CA      The Independent (Japan Nite Tour) 
March 27 Los Angeles, CA        Viper Room (Japan NIte Tour)

Wish I could comment on new music releases from Japan ala Blu-ray but I'm still receiving mostly DVD's - last one I watched was a-nation 2009.

If anyone has watched any new J-pop BD's, please post.


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Here are latest J-pop Blu-rays:

- Animelo Summer Live 2009 ReBridge - Available Now
- The Gospellers - 2009 15th Anniversary Live - Available now
- Kobukuro Live Tour '06 - "Way Back to Tomorrow" Final - Available Now
- Kobukuro Live Tour '08 - "5296" Final - Available Now
- Kobukuro Live Tour '09 "Calling" Final - Available Now
- Superfly - Dancing at Budokan!! - April 28, 2010
- MISIA - Hoshizora no Live V - Just Ballade- May 26, 2010
- Ai Otsuka - Love is BEST Tour 2009 FINAL - June 23, 2010


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Yeeessss!
Live Blu-ray release from POLYSICS (BUDOKAN OR DIE!!!! 2010.3.14) featuring footage from their 10th anniversary and Kayo's graduation concert performance on March 14, 2010 at Nippon Budokan. Special Feature: US tour documentary.

Release Date: July 7th 2010
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More to add to the previous list:

Tohoshinki 4th Live Tour 2009 ~The Secret Code~ Final in Tokyo Dome - March 17, 2010
Yui Horie - Love Live "Princess a la mode" - May 12, 2010
May'n Special Concert BD BIG WAAAAAVE!! - May 31, /2010
Suara Live 2010 - June 23, 2010
E.Yazawa - Rock - July 21, 2010
Hello Project 2010 Winter (Morning Musume, Berryz Kubo) - August 4, 2010


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Both B'z and Tokyo Incidents are releasing blu-rays this year.

B'z LIVE-GYM 2010 ”Ain't No Magic”at TOKYO DOME coming July 28, 2010. Their concert performance from March 2010 at Tokyo Dome.

Setlist

・DIVE
・Time Flies
・MY LONELY TOWN
・今夜月の見える丘に
・PRAY
・TIME
・TINY DROPS
・OCEAN
・LOVE PHANTOM
・MAGIC
・Mayday!
・love me, I love you
・ultra soul
・LOVE IS DEAD
・IT'S SHOWTIME!!
・Freedom Train
・だれにも言えねぇ
・MOVE
・愛のバクダン
・long time no see
・愛のままにわがままに僕は君だけを傷つけない
・イチブトゼンブ


And on September 10th comes "Ultra C" by Tokyo Incidents (Ringo Shiina).
From cdjapan - Live Blu-ray release from Tokyo Jihen featuring footage from their "Tokyo Jihen Live in Tour 2010 Ultra C" concert performance at Tokyo International Forum on May 12, 2010
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For the Hello! Project/MoMusu/C-ute fans:

August 4 - BD.Hello!Project2010WINTER 歌超風月 ~モベキマス!~

For the Vocaloid/Hatsune Miku fans...



September 1 - Hatsune Miku 39's Giving Day Project DIVA presents Hatsune Miku Solo Concert ~ Konban wa, Hatsune Miku desu.
ミクの日感謝祭 39's Giving Day Project DIVA presents 初音ミク・ソロコンサート~こんばんは、初音ミクです。~


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any new releases? I need to get Mika Nakashimas Voice tour that came out a few weeks ago
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