this version is compressed to dvd 5, and includes all the menus and the interviews are not present
inculudes all the 3 audio streams Dolby 5.1, Dolby 2.0 and DTS 2.0
This DVD is the Asia fan\'s dream come true. An outstanding music DVD (filmed in Tokyo) which features the 4 original members (John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoffrey Downes, and Carl Palmer), accompanied by excellent sound quality and camera work. The camera focusses on the band members playing and does not dart back and forth from the audience to the band members. What a relief! This DVD marks the 25th anniversary of the 1st Asia album, which came out in 1982.
The songset consists of 18 pieces:
1. Time Again
2. Wildest Dreams
3. One Step Closer
5. Without You
6. Cutting It Fine
7. Intersection Blues - Steve\'s Solo
8. Fanfare for the Common Man
9. The Smile has Left Your Eyes
10. Don\'t Cry
11. In the Court of the Crimson King
12. Here comes the Feeling
13. Video Killed the Radio Star
14. The Heat Goes On -- Drum Solo
15. Only Time Will Tell
16. Ride Easy
17. Heat of the Moment
Bonus Feature: Interviews with Asia
This DVD features most of their most well-known songs (Heat of the Moment, Only Time will Tell, Sole Survivor, Don\'t Cry, The Smile has Left Your Eyes), as well as some samplings from King Crimson (In the Court of the Crimson King) and Yes (Roundabout). I was especially surprised how well John Wetton sang \"Roundabout\" -- his full-bodied singing was outstanding and was a great re-endition of the Yes classic.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary, Asia sang the rare song \"Ride Easy\", which did not appear on any album but was the flip-side for the cassette of \"Heat of the Moment\" single (in 1982). This song was the favorite song of John Wetton in all of the Asia repertoire.
Steve Howe seemed to be really enjoying his playing, especially the solo piece \"Intersection Blues\". In other concerts, he was usually dour, but on this one he seemed like he was having fun. The only drawback in this DVD is that the sound does not quite pick up Howe\'s electric guitar, especially on songs like \"Only Time Will Tell\".
Most of the songs stick very closely to the studio versions, except for \"Don\'t Cry\" which is done acoustically. One of the best features in this DVD is the extensive interview of all the 4 original band members. Each member talked about his musical background, the bands they played in, how they got together to form Asia, and what Asia meant to them after 25 years. It was such a close and personal interview. It\'s so great to have these 4 outstanding musicians team up again after so many years.
If you\'re an Asia fan, run and buy this DVD! You\'ll be impressed! It is absolutely essential for your music DVD collection. The music and sound quality far surpasses all the other Asia DVDs - especially the Asia collection