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Just Excellent!, May 24, 2011

Prodigy (Rock) Live Worlds On Fire
For the last year or so I've had The Prodigy's set from Radio 1's Big Weekend (2009, you can find it on the Internets) in heavy rotation. Great energy, Radio 1 did a stellar job with the audio quality (awesome bass) and in general the only thing I could have asked for was either a longer recording or to be there.Enter Worlds on Fire - I'm still several thousand miles away, but after watching the DVD for the first time (very, very loudly) I feel like I just walked out of the last venue I saw the band in. The video does have the MTV-style edits, but the camera angles, framing and really superb editing just comes together so very well. It's one thing to hear Weather Experience...it's quite another to see Milton Keynes pulsing with lasers while the synths play that melody. Man I just want to sit watching the DVD all night! Yeah, there's a standard-def camera on the drum set, but can ya expect them to be putting a pricey camera there when the guitarist is bent on destroying...

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Some electronic-type artists do a fantastic job translating the studio music to live shows. Great examples of live CD's where artists have tweaked the album experience for the better have been Daft Punk and Justice. While Prodigy thinks they're doing it here, the actual live components of the entire act only slightly improve the album experiences.I expected a masterpiece as I always do when Liam is involved. I expected him to come out with some crazy revisions and new basslines to some of the tracks. With the exceptions of "Thunder" and adding a beat to parts of "Firestarter" it's pretty void of tweaks. I do like that they added the live percussion and guitar for the live shows. As previous reviews have said, the show contained no tracks from "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned". Most of the focus is on "Invaders Must Die", as it should be.Maxim pretty much carries the show and works to maintain a good energy on stage and with the crowd. I realize it's...
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The music is great. The film-production is horrible. This is a missed opportunity for what could have been a great Blu-ray. I was really looking forward to watching this, but once I saw the film-editing technique used during the first song,I thought 'Oh my God! I hope they don't do this during the entire video!'Alas, they did. The entire video is constant camera shake and bounce from camera to camera, so fast, it makes it unwatchable. What possessed them to do this? Did they not realize how much better their video would be without the camera bounce? I wish there was an option to watch this without the constant camera bounce. It's as if they change camera angles to match the tempo of the music, i.e. fast and frequent. It's absurd. There are long periods of time in the video, where they do not hold the same camera angle for more than half a second. The Prodigy are too good of a band to be taken in by such a ridiculous method of film production. That's why I consider this a missed...
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For the last year or so I've had The Prodigy's set from Radio 1's Big Weekend (2009, you can find it on the Internets) in heavy rotation. Great energy, Radio 1 did a stellar job with the audio quality (awesome bass) and in general the only thing I could have asked for was either a longer recording or to be there.Enter Worlds on Fire - I'm still several thousand miles away, but after watching the DVD for the first time (very, very loudly) I feel like I just walked out of the last venue I saw the band in. The video does have the MTV-style edits, but the camera angles, framing and really superb editing just comes together so very well. It's one thing to hear Weather Experience...it's quite another to see Milton Keynes pulsing with lasers while the synths play that melody. Man I just want to sit watching the DVD all night! Yeah, there's a standard-def camera on the drum set, but can ya expect them to be putting a pricey camera there when the guitarist is bent on destroying...
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