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Kiss: Symphony
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 78 (Nov 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Kiss: Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, Tommy Thayer, Gene Simmons & The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Conducted By David Campbell

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
The two-disc DVD includes an odd arrangement with the main concert program appearing on Disc Two. Disc One includes The KISS Symphony Story, which documents the preparations for the show along with Act III (the full symphonic segment) of the concert. Also on Disc Two is a KISS segment from the Australian TV show Rove: Live featuring a band interview and live performance of

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sanctuary Visual Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 06076-88356-9
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/09/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jonathan Beswick & Victor Burroughs
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In recent years, there has been a number of hard rock bands performing live with a symphony orchestra. Metallica tried it. So did the Scorpions. Now, the latest chapter in KISStory finds the band putting on their makeup and convincing the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Campbell to do the same. Performing a three act show at the Telstra Dome in Australia on February 28, 2003, KISS (with original members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Peter Criss, along with newcomer Tommy Thayer) and the MSO play many favorites including

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits generally poor video-sourced image quality of the rehearsal footage leading up to the night of the concert. Images are generally soft, lacking fine details and definition. Colors can be quite unnatural, with a meeting in a hotel room awash in pink (affecting the fleshtones and whites). Noise and smearing are major distractions with this title, as are shimmering details. Those of you hoping that the picture will get better come the night of the show (the performance is on Disc Two) does, albeit depending on the camera angle. Colors are well delineated with deep blacks and bold stage lighting. Some unnatural halos are noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 audio presentations give the