L'Arc~en~Ciel - L'Aive Blu-ray BOX -Limited Edition- [2014.02.26]
ISO / Blu-Ray / 557.24 GB
Ripped with AnyDVD HD 188.8.131.52
BD 01 「heavenly ～films～」 - 15.3GB
BD 02 「ハートに火をつけろ!」 - 21.5GB
BD 03 「1999 GRAND CROSS CONCLUSION」 - 23.6GB
BD 04 「CLUB CIRCUIT 2000 REALIVE -NO CUT-」 - 14.8GB
BD 05 「7」 - 22.1GB
BD 06 「LIVE IN U.S.A. ～at 1st Mariner Arena July 31, 2004～」 - 22GB
BD 07 「SMILE TOUR 2004 ～全国編～」 - 21.9GB
BD 08 「AWAKE TOUR 2005」 - 31.1GB
BD 09 「ASIALIVE 2005」 - 39GB
BD 10 「15th L'Anniversary Live」 - 44.8GB
BD 11 「Are you ready? 2007 またハートに火をつけろ! in OKINAWA」 - 41.7GB
BD 12 「TOUR 2007-2008 THEATER OF KISS」 - 42GB
BD 13 「DOCUMENTARY FILMS ～Trans ASIA via PARIS～」 - 22.1GB
BD 14 「LIVE IN PARIS」 - 33.3GB
BD 15 「TOUR 2008 L'7 ～Trans ASIA via PARIS～」 - 44.8GB
BD 16 「20th L'Anniversary LIVE -Day1-」 -41.7GB
BD 17 「20th L'Anniversary LIVE -Day2-」 - 42.2GB
BD 18 「WORLD TOUR 2012 LIVE at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN」 - 32.6GB
Some good ones on Blu-ray:
1999 GRAND CROSS CONCLUSION - Many noticeable heavy compression artifacts that existed in the original DVD release have been corrected in the Blu-ray, which is especially evident in their performance of "fate" with the strobing laser lights flashing constantly. It's also easier to access the alternate angles for a couple of songs on the Blu-ray release for those who mainly watch on their PC.
CLUB CIRCUIT 2000 REALIVE - Surprisingly good video quality for a standard definition release. It's also one of the few L'Arc lives filmed in 16:9 on SD but quality is far better than LIVE in U.S.A. and SMILE TOUR 2004 which were plagued with issues (and crappy camera angles in the USA one). Also includes alternate angle for "Shout at the Devil".
15th L'Anniversary Live - Their first true concert shot in HD and you can certainly tell, with such vibrant colours. Sadly, they never bothered adding the full recording of "Bye Bye" back into the main setlist for the Blu-ray release. It would have been a great opportunity for the Blu-ray release, the same could be said with "SHINE" and "Bye Bye" on the "Are you ready? 2007" disc, as well as "ASIALIVE 2005" and "7" which had half their setlists cut from the home releases.
Are you ready? 2007 Mata HEART ni Hi o Tsukeru! in OKINAWA - One of their longest nationwide tours in Japan. While this doesn't have the most extravagant stage or props, this was L'Arc having a lot of fun, with an eclectic setlist of old and new songs. Video quality for the main concert is very good, the documentary footage on the other hand is a bit of a mixed bag - seems like they weren't using the same recording equipment off-stage.
TOUR 2008 L'7 ～Trans ASIA via PARIS～ - Also another excellent concert which looks even better in HD. They brought back several rare old songs which haven't appeared in years, such as "Sell my Soul", "LORELEY" and "THE NEPENTHES", as well as several album tracks such as "My Dear" (I fell in love with this song after hearing it live in Paris), "Eien" and "Hoshizora". The quality of the MC Collection footage from other countries is quite average, and again clearly not shot with their professional cameras.
20th L'Anniversary LIVE -Day1- / -Day2- - This really is the pinnacle of this Blu-ray box set. Great outdoor environment and setlists which really showcase the L'Arc we've come to know and love. These are also the only L'Arc concerts where it rains.
WORLD TOUR 2012 LIVE at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - Arguably one of their most impressive overseas performance and a far cry from the 2004 live in USA.
Some disappointing ones on Blu-ray:
SMILE TOUR 2004 ～Zenkokuhen～ - Unfortunately, the SMILE TOUR was plagued with video quality issues, somehow it looks even worse than previous concert recordings. Sadly this is a problem with the original video source material, the colours seem very incosistent and unnatural. Interestingly, this is actually the only L'Arc release which contains songs performed in different venues, and it's nice to see "Butterfly's Kiss" and Indie song "Yokan" reappear.
LIVE IN U.S.A. ～at 1st Mariner Arena July 31, 2004～ - Video quality is marginally improved over the SMILE TOUR, but now we have poor cameramen / poor editing. While I can't confirm this, apparently the people who worked at Otakon shot the footage with their hands only instead of L'Arc's regular professional team. The shaky hands holding the cameras are very noticeable. So SMILE TOUR had a great setlist but crappy video, this one has better video but crappy camerawork. Go figure.
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