Title: Foo Fighters – Live at Wembley Stadium
Release Date: 2008
Production/Label: Sony Music
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: LPCM, Dolby Digital
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29999 kbps / 1080p / 24 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio #1: Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Audio #2: LPCM Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 6912 kbps / 24-bit
Audio #3: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Size: 35.19 GB
FOO FIGHTERS: LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM is a career-spanning live opus, drawing on all six of Foo Fighters’ studio albums, featuring Dave Grohl (vocals/guitar), Taylor Hawkins (drums/vocals), Nate Mendel (bass) and Chris Shiflett (guitar) ripping through classics “Times Like These” “Everlong””Monkey Wrench” “All My Life” and “Learn To Fly” as well as new live staples including “Long Road To Ruin” Elsewhere the core FF four are joined by co-founding FF guitarist Pat Smear, keyboardist Rami Jaffee, violinist/cellist Jessy Greene and percussionist Drew Hester on the DVDs blazing opener “The Pretender” as well as a semi-acoustic mid-set section featuring intimate versions of “My Hero” the Grohl-penned Nirvana B-Side “Marigold” Hawkins’ lead vocal turn on “Cold Day In The Sun” and more.
Two sold out shows at Wembley Stadium in London from Friday June 6 and Saturday June 7, 2008. Including the second night’s collaboration with special guests: Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones (bass guitar) and Jimmy Page (guitar).
Shot in high definition, Foo Fighters: Live at Wembley Stadium rocks onto Bluray in a stunning 1080p/AVC encode, framed at a generous 1:78:1 aspect ratio. This transfer is simply terrific in every way. With the source being digital, there are no film related issues to be found, and quite frankly with the exception of a light bit of digital noise, it has no flaws whatsoever. Blacks are profoundly inky and consistent with a highly detailed lower end of the grayscale showing tight gradients from grey to pitch black. Contrast is perfect, and when combined with deep black levels makes for images with a very wide visual dynamic range. Colors are just beautiful and well saturated without bleeding or smearing. Detail and micro detail just go on forever in wide, big shots, and in close ups. This gives overall images a deep 3D look that only the best transfers can deliver. Skin tones look very natural, revealing sun tans and pale faces easily. This transfer had me clapping like a seal after just being fed a fish. It just does not get any better than this. The only blemish I could find was the small amount of digital noise I found on a particular shot, and I never saw it again. Sony deserves a big high five for this transfer that is for sure.
As stunning as the video looked, the audio was even better. Presented in three flavors, a 5.1 uncompressed PCM track at a 24/48khz bit and sample rate, a 2.0 uncompressed PCM track at 24/48khz bit and sample rate, and a 5.1 Dolby Digital lossy track encoded at a 640kbps bit rate. I will get into the comparative differences later, but suffice to say I chose the 5.1 PCM track as my reference for this review. State of the art is the best way I can describe the recording of this track. The sound is HUGE, and I am not exaggerating one bit when I say this. The audio mixer was able to capture the terrific acoustics of Wembley, without sacrificing musical clarity and detail from the band. Every drum slap created nice clean reverberation tail(s) 360 degrees around the listening position, in the same positions it would be captured in great detail from all over the stadium. The LFE carried all of the bass of the mix, and it was highly detailed, deep, powerful, and nicely reverberant, but also muddy on occasion because of the captured reverberation. The kick and bass drums have very tight transients that are clearly captured even in the presence of the bass guitar. Guitars sounded squeaky clean, especially the acoustic guitar which had a level of clarity that was quite pleasing to the ears. Vocals are the only element in the center channel which makes them sound clear, uncluttered, but well integrated into the overall mix. The surrounds are full of crowd noises, reverberation tails, and contribute along with the front channels in mapping the acoustics of Wembley with stunning accuracy. The overall sound field is deep back to my front wall; side wall to wall wide, and from floor to ceiling high leaving me sitting in the middle of the concert bangin my head.
When comparing the different audio offerings, I must say I was surprised at what I heard. Aside from the surrounds and center, the two channel PCM track sound exactly like the 5.1 PCM track. If I shut off the surrounds, they sound exactly alike. Switching to the DD 5.1 track you lose the fullness and presence of the other two, but you lose nothing else.
The only thing I can do with this sound track is give it a freakin perfect score. Word of caution, be careful of your playback volume. This is sure to have your neighbors cussing you out if you don’t.
01. The Pretender
02. Times Like These
03. No Way Back
04. Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)
05. Learn To Fly
06. Long Road To Ruin
08. Stacked Actors
09. Skin And Bones
11. My Hero
12. Cold Day In The Sun
14. Monkey Wrench
15. All My Life
16. Rock And Roll
17. Ramble On
18. Best Of You
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