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Review: Judas Priest - Rising in the East
Judas Priest
Rising in the East

Label: Rhino Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 120 min.

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: December 29, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Rising in the East

Rated 4.56/5 (91.11%) (18 Votes)

Missed the "Angel of Retribution" tour back in 2005?  This DVD is the next best thing to attending the show in person.  Filmed at the Budokan in Tokyo, "Rising in the East" is the integral show presented around the world - practically to the foot steps.  I saw the show in Ottawa and just about every stage movement was identical - same goes for a bootleg filmed in the U.S. that I got shortly after this DVD.  Save for a smaller crowd, this is almost like seeing Judas Priest in their biggest years, complete with a huge stage and lots of stage lights, and a deafening sound to boot.  I was expecting the Japanese crowd to be more noisy, but this might just be the way they did the DVD.  Lots of camera angles, almost frills-free and sticking to what an attendee could see from the naked eye (always appreciated - I hate it when they bring in some shitty special effects in DVDs).  Since I don't have a surround sound system, I could only test the stereo sound, which is crystal clear.  The band is in top shape, although like many I've been wondering at Halford's health, since he doesn't move all that much during the show (compare that to his Halford tour in 2000 where he was all over the place on stage.)  The bassist has been Krazy-Glued in the same spot for 30 years, no surprise there. :)

This DVD is devoid of any extras: You get the show and that's it (although you can jump to a specific song through a submenu.)  Considering that the next DVD I'm going to watch has 6.5 hours of extras, I'm not complaining. :)  Some behind-the-scenes tour footage might have been interesting, but we'll most likely get that on some future DVD.  So basically you get an excellent show for a fraction of the ticket price.  Makes you hanker for the next album and tour.

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