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HIM: Digital Versatile Doom (Live At The Orpheum Theatre)

Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 133 (Jul/Aug 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Burton, Gas, Linde, Mige & Valo

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features are limited to a featurette, including an interview with band member Ville Valo, footage of a contest to find HIM's biggest fan, and a 62-minute fan club photo gallery.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sire Records
(Catalog Number): 299196-3
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9) & CD
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): No
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 04/29/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Meiert Avis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
n November 2007 Finland's Love-Metal heroes HIM played to a sold-out crowd Live At The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Filmed and recorded entirely over the two-night gig, Digital Versatile Doom captures the band's explosive 90-minute show and includes live versions from HIM's Grammy

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD shows well-balanced contrast and deep, consistent black levels, but there are scenes where black levels are elevated. Shadow delineation is lacking, with many scenes looking too flat. Naturally-lit shots are difficult to come by, but the stage lighting is bright and saturated. Compression artifacts, by way of mosquito noise, can be recognized, and detail is rather soft. Edge enhancement is minor and generally is not a distraction. (Danny Richelieu)

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