|Styx - Return to Paradise
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Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 08/23/2005 Run time: 108 minutes
Channel separation (AC-3) is not all that impressive compared to the benchmark (Eagles DTS). However this concert is still much better on AC-3 than stereo. The sound clarity is great and begs to be blasted. Maybe I have been spoiled by the Eagles.
The concert itself is a hoot if you ever liked Styx. The performers do a great job. And the concert is much more that music. It is a show. I'm sure I ticked off the neighbors by playing it too loud. If you like Styx, it belongs in your collection. Much more entertaining concert than the eagles. My buddy commented that it sounder better than being there....more info
- Styx Fans Will Love This
They look older and wear pancake makeup, but it's otherwise brilliant. They completely rock. The stage set is glorious, the sound quality can't be beat. All the favorite songs here with mass appeal. Awesome concert....more info
I saw the complete Paradise Concert original in 1981 on the TV. I asked myself where is this concert. Why it is not on sale????. Therefore, this "Reopening Paradise Concert" is EXCELLENT. But where is the "Care" song singing by Tommy Shaw in the Paradise tour 1981???. ...more info
- A Fantastic Styx Concert
This is a wonderfull DVD i never get tried of waching it i love all the songs my favorites are Lady Suite Madame Blue Rocking the Paradise Show Me The Way Too much time On My Hands and The Best Of Times this is Styx With Dennis Deyoung as it should be nobody can sing like he can he has the most beutiful singing voice you can really hear it on Suite Madame Blue i get chills everytime i hear it thats why the new lineup is a total joke trying to replace Dennis,s voice with anyone else is like trying to replace the Mona Lisa with a picture of dogs playing poker! i would highly recommend this DVD to any true Styx fan that really love good music ...more info
- THE LEGEND RETURNED BETTER THAN EVER
I SAW THE ORIGINAL PARADISE THEATER TOUR WHEN I WAS A KID & WAS BLOWN AWAY THEN; THEN IN '96 HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING THEM AGAIN & WAS BLOWN AWAY A SECOND TIME! NOW I CAN KEEP THE MAGIC FOREVER WITH THIS! THE SOUND IS UNREAL IN 5.1! A MASTERPIECE! IN FACT, THE NEW STYX LINEUP WAS IN TOWN LAST NIGHT, BUT I STAYED HOME & CRANKED THIS INSTEAD!! IT ROCKS!...more info
- GREAT CONCERT
VERY GOOD AUDIO-VIDEO, GREAT SONG SELECTION, PERFORMED TO PERFECTION. TOMMY SHAW, AND DENNIS DEYOUNG ARE EXCELLENT. THIS A MUST BUY FOR ANY STYX FAN...more info
- Going Back.......
Didnt realize that this dvd ws so good! The group was great and Dennis DeYoung sings beautifully! This concert was simply amazing and from my hometown too! A treasure to have...........Highly recommend buying this dvd for your collection of greatest groups of yesterday!Thanks for having it available!! Great service!!!! ...more info
- I LOVE THIS DVD
Oh wow one of Styx's most famous concerts for me to see whenever I please. When I got this I flipped out. I couldn't believe it. I was the luckiest man alive. I watched this thing over and over and over and I'm still not tired of it. 17 of their best songs performed live. I particularly liked "Rockin' The Paradise", "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)", "Lady", "Show Me The Way", "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)", "Babe", "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", "Lorelei", "Too Much Time On My Hands", "Snowblind", "Miss America", "Crystal Ball", "The Best Of Times", "Grand Illusion", "Suite Madame Blue" and "Boat On The River" those are my favorite songs on this DVD. This is a must have for any Styx fan whther you new to them or you are a seasoned veteran....more info
- Great concert
One of the best concerts produced on dvd. I bought the Caught in the Act dvd at the same time, and even though both dvds contain many of the same songs, Return to Paradise is by far the better concert. The band is in full force playing almost all its hits. It would have been nice if they had played one or two songs from Kilroy Was Here however.
All in all, a great dvd for any Styx fan or 80's music fan in fact....more info
- This is the one and only most perfect representation of the REAL Styx
YOU MUST BUY THIS DVD IF YOU EVEN REMOTELY ENJOY THE ORIGINAL STYX. IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT YOU !!!
I attended the Omaha, NE portion of this tour in 1996, which was the last tour with all of the original remaining members of Styx - DeYoung, Shaw, Young, & Chuck Panozzo (John Panozzo had passed away only two weeks prior; their emotional tribute to him was overwhelming). This DVD has become almost an homage to the band that my husband and I had grown up listening to. This is the REAL Styx!!! We attended the newly put together band with the current lead singer, and it just isn't the same without DeYoung. You can't take someone THAT legendary and replace them and still call it STYX (i.e. Journey minus Steve Perry!!). This is the STYX for us diehard fans out there and is THE closest you will be to enjoying them live without being there. I truly hope they can bring this DVD to Blu-Ray as that would be the only thing that could improve this concert. Instead of seeing the current, or what we refer to as "PseudoStyx", we catch Dennis DeYoung in concert as much as we can. For a man who is now in his early 60s, he still has the pipes he had as a young man - just with gray hair now (but so do any of us who grew up with them!)
Thanks for taking the time to read my rambling review! P.S. If you get the chance to see DeYoung in concert, TAKE IT - he usually performs most of the better known Styx songs with the local orchestra - it is phenomenal!! We met him May 3rd in Omaha with our 8-year old daughter (gotta pass down the good music to the next generation!) and he is everything you would want him to be. God Bless!...more info
- Styx concert
Styx still ROCK!!! This is a great concert, a must have for all Styx fans....more info
- Classic Concert by a Classic Band
Sometimes seeing a concert video by a favorite artist can be disillusioning. For example, watching a Queen concert video helped change me from being a Queen fan to having no use for the group. (The lyrics for a lot of their songs was also a factor.)
What about Styx? Styx is one band I always considered one of my favorites. I would lump them in a group below my two favorite secular bands Little River Band and the Bangles (I'm not putting them in competition with Christian bands). This lump would include Yes, the Go Gos, Crowded House, Simple Minds, Talking Heads, ELO, and others.
After watching this video, Styx has emerged as being in a solid third place. The music has always been great, but I've noticed a more positive outlook in their lyrics.
Before going philosophical/theological, let me start with the music. One disappointment with the above mentioned Queen video was that they avoided the complex vocal harmonies they are famous for. Styx did not do this at all. I think the only Memorex moment was the intro keyboards on "Lorelei", which allowed Dennis DeYoung more flexibility in singing. This was the exception. The complex instrumentals and the great vocal harmonies of Styx were present. My only disappointment was that they didn't do "Mr. Roboto."
One thing that I had the impression of was this band was having fun, not just playing their instruments and singing, but doing so together. Maybe it was a grand illusion, but I doubt it. Mark Shaw's commentary made it sound genuine (more on that later).
Decades ago, in Bob Larson's book dealing with rock, he goes through several groups with their problems. When mentioning Styx, his only concern in his commentary is their name refers to the River to Hell in mythology; he himself mentioned he had no complaints about lifestyle, lyrics, or graphics as he did with other groups.
There are three things in the video that bothered me, and those things were not deal breakers (as opposed to Jewel's "Who's Going To Save Your Soul?" in her video was to me, or Freddy Mercury saying the f word to the audience in Queen's video). Those things were 1) Jack Young seeming to make fun of preachers in the intro to "Snowblind" (which may have been a genuine mockery of Christians, or it may have been him being a ham), 2) Dennis DeYoung using a cuss word in the introduction to "Grand Illusion" (my favorite song by Styx, no less), though the context made it less offensive to me than Mercury's cussing, as well as that this was a PG word instead of an R rated one, and 3) in drummer Todd Sucherman's video, one of the extra features, he flipped off the camera as it was showing him drumming.
I've mentioned the extra features a couple of times. The back stage commentary by Tommy Shaw was fun and enjoyable. So was Todd's video, except for the mentioned scene. There is the title track of Styx's then new album, "Brave New World".
The most disappointing extra feature was the Styx story. This was more in text as opposed to video. It was very condensed. It told nothing of how the band started. It merely mentioned they were successful before they took a hiatus, that three of the four original members had success individually (with the exception of Cuck Panozzo, who I assume is the bassist), and that their reunion became long-term. Tommy's comments were more helpful than this brief blurb.
One other criticism for me is that without Tommy's comments I would not know which one was Tommy and which one was Dennis. They could have told more about the other members.
I am impressed that Dennis has a marriage that in '96 was longer than mine currently is (I'm approaching my silver marriage). This is not the norm period, and less so in the entertainment industry.
In conclusion, this has been an enjoyable video.
- good dvd
good concert, they played all the big ones, and did a decent job of it....more info
- Still No Substitute for Long-Lost 1982 Japanese Paradise Tour Video
While this isn't bad and having Caught In The Act finally out on DVD as well with almost every promotional clip produced (but why no "Blue Collar Man"? Tommy Shaw?) is fantastic, the best Styx-related video has yet to be released in the States commercially - let alone on DVD - and that is the film documenting the band's 1982 Japanese tour. This was an extremely revealing look at how the band members interacted on and off stage. In particular, it features one of guitarist James 'JY' Young's best songs, "Half-Penny, Two-Penny" and how iconic front man Dennis DeYoung lost his trademark moustache; it may have also included the impressive PT introduction film shown as the band members exited the stage, as well as the familiar Paradise Theatre neon sign seen intermittently in Caught In The Act, not to mention that it DOES have much footage of John Panozzo. Of course, the Japanese subtitles would need to be removed if the master print no longer exists. All the same, it would be extremely gratifying if someone at Universal ultimately compiled a long-form documentary that incorporated footage from the Wooden Nickel and pre-Grand Illusion years, footage from the Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone (been waiting for someone to acknowledge a live performance of "Why Me", peaking at #26 in early 1980 and one of my all-time favorite Styx songs, as very much worthy of video inclusion) and Edge of the Century tours (despite Tommy's absence; one of the best shows the band ever put on.....) even possibly some material from the Brave New World period. ...more info
- Styx review
Classic Styx, revisited. Great performance, with alot of the old classic tunes. Performance is great, and even emotional with the tribute to John.
His brother looks a little stiff on base, but the music rules.
This is well worth the purchase for any Styx fan. Lots of energy and variety of performance. New drummer is very good. Added features are interesting too....more info
- Styx- Return to Paradise Video
This was an excellent video of a band that i grew up with. Dennis DeYoung's voice is spectacular in this video tribute. I don't think Styx is any good without him in their lineup. It is a shame the other band members can't get over themselves and bring him back to the group. This is a super video with all the old songs and DeYoung doesn't miss a note. I highly recommend this video to true Styx fans all over the world!...more info
- Styx live, can't get any better!!
I RECENTLY VIEWED MY COPY OF "RETURN TO PARADISE" AND ONE WORD COMES TO MIND......."AWESOME!" IT'S LIKE YOUR AT THE CONCERT WITH THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE. I'VE SEEN STYX SEVERAL TIMES IN CONCERT AND THIS DVD BRINGS BACK A LOT OF REALLY GOOD MEMORIES. THE ONLY THING IN MY OPINION THAT WAS WRONG WITH THE CONCERT IS THAT IT DIDN'T INCLUDE "DEAR JOHN" FROM THE CD VERSION OF THE CONCERT. OH WELL, I GUESS YOU CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING. IT'S STILL AN AWESOME SHOW, DON'T MISS IT....more info
- Styx at Their Best
I always thought that the Eagles were the American Beatles. However, I now think that Styx is battling them for that title. Three great songwriters and singers, great musicians all, diverse music and lyrics - I'm really impressed with these guys - Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung, in particular. Too bad they split up. I hope they have a reuinion tour sometime soon. ...more info
- Nearly unlistenable
I had great hope for this DVD based on its description and the generally positive reviews. But wow, what a disappointment due to the poor audio. I could only make it through about 3 songs, then I just had to turn it off, the sound was bad, bad. Unfortunate as the show itself looked promising, I just couldn't listen to it. I tinkered a bit, double-checking my system, and trying all of the audio options on the DVD. I found that the 5.1 mix and the stereo mix were nearly the same, as the 5.1 mix did not use the center channel at all, and barely used the surrounds & LFE. Seriously, without looking to see which was playing, you wouldn't be able to tell the two apart. Even worse though, is that the sound that did come out was poor. As in tinny, compressed, lifeless. I don't know if I've described it right, all I know is that I had to turn it off. ...more info
- This DVD is definitely worth having.
This DVD is definitely worth having. The sound quality is excellent, song selection is very good, and the performance is almost flawless. All that this video needs to truly take you back to the heyday of Styx is the powerful drumming of John (Rest In Peace) and some hair. Dennis DeYoung sounds great, Tommy Shaw displays even more guitar skill than on the studio recordings, Chuck Panozzo is animated and steady, and James Young shines through as a much larger contributor to the Styx sound than I ever gave him credit for being. The harmonies are a little rough early on, but really gel as the show progresses. The drummer (Todd Sucherman) is very good, and inserts some of his own flair into the songs without taking anything away from the spirit. The band changes the arrangement/structure of some songs (Suite Madame Blue, Grand Illusion), which I would have preferred not to have been done, but they are the one that are performing them, not me. If I had input into their performance, I would have asked for Man In The Wilderness, Great White Hope, and Mother Dear, to name a few. Anyway, I am very happy with this DVD, and would recommend it to any Styx fan. It is a great performance. Be warned that there are some silly actions on the part of the band, but if I were there live, I might not think this. Highlights - Snowblind, Renegade, Crystal Ball, Folling Yourself, Boat On The River. Lowlights - Too Much Time On My Hands, Grand Illusion. The DVD also has a few interesting extras (pictures, band footage) that make it even more of a value, but don't rip the case apart trying to find the nonexistent booklet. Rating - 5 Stars....more info
- A Grand Reopening!
Though I've been a big fan of Styx, I've never been to any of their concerts. With this DVD, however, I could experience a true Styx sound so vividly. I was very surprised that voice of each member sounded the same as they're in peak. They have not gotten old at all but their appearance. They're back with grand reopening!
I'm just sorry that no songs from "Kilroy was here" were included and no lyrics were provided. Anyway, buy this if you're a fan and be prepare to murmur "Wow..."...more info
- Wow! This is a tremendous live performance!
Truly great! I bought this on a whim... Of all my music DVDs, this one is without a doubt the most played. The band did a great thing when the rejoined and did this tour.
The songs are right on. So many memories... The video is incredibly crisp and clear. The audio (DD 5.1) is superb. When I play this DVD, I find myself standing in the middle of the room just mesmerized.
When I have parties, this is one of the DVDs that I put on to provide background sound and video. Everyone relates to these songs and this group. There's always a new story about a concert experience.
What a great live recording! I have 17 other DVD concert videos. This one is the most played.
Buy it! You'll like it!...more info
- Good classic rock DVD starter kit
This DVD, bought last year, was my first music/concert video purchase. It was a good choice and led to about 30 more purchases over the last 6 months or so. The video is clear, camera work is good and the sound is great. I was using an old Dolby Pro-Logic setup when I bought this but have since upgraded to a full DD 5.1/DTS home theatre system. This DVD sounded really good with my old system but, in comparison, sounds awesome now. In this concert (the songs are listed somewhere else on this page so I won't repeat them), Styx performs most of my favorites and the band is tight. I saw them live in Houston back in the 80's and again this year at the Rodeo in the Astrodome - not a good venue for concerts. But this live concert on DVD is better in many respects since you get to see the band close-up and the sound is almost as good as being there, if you have a good sound system. Also, I think the current Styx lineup misses something without the great voice of Dennis DeYoung. So, if you like the original Styx lineup, this is the DVD to get. Also, if you like to see closeups of the musicians when they are playing, the camera work with respect to that is fairly good. I've seen better on other DVDs but you do get some shots of JY and Tommy doing the riffs from some of the classic Styx hits.
I would say this DVD a must-have for STYX fans and very entertaining for anyone else who likes "middle-of-the-road classic rock" (i.e. somewhere between "soft rock" and "heavy metal"). I give it 5 stars based on 1) video and camera work, 2) 5.1 sound track and 3) the fact that I've always liked Styx's music and most of my favorites are on this DVD....more info
- Styx at their best!
Styx with Dennis Deyoung (as it should be). This was a great concert of most of the classic Styx. Video quality and sound is superb. I'm really glad I bought it....more info
before I bounce this thing, "listening" to styx has always been one of my fav listens. Studio work is killer. live, I guess I am glad I missed them live. POSERS
Geeeez, I thought I bought a Night Ranger bubble gum band dvd by mistake
James "J.Y." Young ( Poser ) , one of the worst ones I have ever seen
Tommy Shaw, good looking man, great singer, but still, ( Poser )
Dennis De Young, one of the best voices around, still for concerts, ( Poser )
Bass player, one goofy looking dude.
Todd Sucherman, is that the drummer here? killer. the only bright spot on this whole concert.
- Truly "Classic Styx"!
I own this concert recording on both VHS and DVD. As a major Styx fan since I first heard them on the radio back in 1975, and after having seen them more times than I can remember since my first time back in 1978, I have to say that this is by-far the BEST Styx concert you'll ever see from here-on! It has 4 out of the 5 members from their classic line-up; and the drummer, who is the only one that is not from that line-up, has done an AWESOME job to fill some very big shoes!! He is also their current drummer.
I saw the band twice in 1996, and one of those times was the night before this show was taped in Chicago, and that was in Madison, Wisconsin. After seeing this concert twice that year, I knew I had to own this DVD, because it is as close to the perfect version of Styx as you'll ever be able to see! It took me back to their heyday in the late 70's.
If you're a Styx fan, buy this concert on DVD!! You'll LOVE it!
Also, on the DVD version, they've included some really cool "behind the scenes" footage, and photos that just make it all the more worth owning. The VHS tape does not include these extras, however....more info
- Styx Rocks
This is a great "modern era" Styx concert. It has all the original memebers except for the drummer who passed away. They still do a great rock show with a "theatrical flair". The only negative was the lack of sound from the center channel speaker. The surround is not true Dolby 5.1, still sounds pretty good though....more info