The 1080i encode looks spectacular, not surprising considering Eagle Rock Entertainment’s track record with live concert releases. The image is razor sharp from start to finish. The details of the musicians’ faces are captured realistically, from beads of sweat and matted hair to veins bulging from temples. For better or worse, you’ll be able to count the fillings in Moore’s teeth during some close-ups. Overall, I didn’t see flaws of any kind in the picture. Even the shots of the front row audience members are remarkably detailed, despite low lighting.
The audio mixes are equally impressive, with the DTS-HD Master Audio track being the best. Moore’s guitar is the star throughout, always prominent in the mix, but well-balanced with the other instruments. I think Moore’s sometimes flat vocals are better integrated into the sound than on the CD version. The bass throbs and the drums snap sharply. Even in 2.0 stereo, the audio is impressive, with clear definition between each of the four-piece band members.
Rounding out an excellent Blu-ray release, twenty minutes of previously unreleased footage from Moore’s 1997 Montreux performance are included as a bonus. The four additional songs are presented in high definition and look great considering their age. It’s quite a nice addition considering Moore was in much better voice thirteen years prior to the 2010 performance. And, of course, his guitar solos are stunning.
Gary Moore’s Live at Montreux 2010 is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and CD from Eagle Rock Entertainment. For longtime and brand new fans alike, this performance will surely please classic rock lovers as it highlights a distinctive musician at the top of his game.