Includes a cool three-minute timelapse video of the roadies setting up the stage for this concert, a 15-minute behind-the-scenes interview and footage, a photo montage, and an eight-minute Growing Up 2002/3 featurette.
The anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a stage performance that was shot in 16mm and has a gritty, grainy texture that is not as much a distraction as it is a mood-creator. Images can be quite sharp and defined, but some bothersome smearing is evident. Much of the performance is under mellow, low-contrast stage lighting, which sets this concert apart from many other highly contrasted, vibrantly lit performances. No distracting edge enhancement was detected, but some serious instances of pixel breakup can be noticed, especially on larger home theatre displays. The imagery here appears to have been reframed into a 1.78:1 aspect ratio from its original 1.33:1 broadcast format. Some viewers may find the cropping to be a distraction. (Suzanne Hodges)
The 5.1-channel discrete audio presentations have been very nicely recorded, with an energetic, wholly enveloping surround presence and tight, rhythmic deep bass. The LFE channel is engaged prominently in this regard, and sub-25 Hz content is noticed in the front and surround channels. The center channel is devoted to Peter Gabriel
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