- Is the Scenes From New York DVD region encoded? faq id: 72
It appears that the DVD is region encoded even though Mike had intended for them to be region-free. (DVDs that are region-encoded will only play in DVD players for that region – one for the US, one for Europe, etc. PAL is the video standard used in most of Europe – NTSC is the video standard used in North America and Japan).
- What’s this I hear about Mike being really sick after the Roseland (DVD) show? What happened? faq id: 74
MP: Basically I collapsed and passed out due to over-exhaustion, dehydration, stress, too little food and nutrition, too many Red Bulls, etc. It took me several hours of throwing up, being wrapped in blankets and laying down before I was carried out of the venue hours after the show... [the commentary audio track on the DVD goes into more detail on this - ed.]
- Why is the sound not in DTS and/or 5.1 channel? How come there aren’t any alternate camera angles? faq id: 75
While DVD’s hold a significant amount of information, there is a limit. Mike would have loved to thrown in every feature possible (being the video and movie buff that he is) but his hands were tied. Essentially what it boiled down to was either Mike could use that space for alternate camera angles or for bonus footage (extra songs, etc.) – Mike ended up choosing the bonus footage. Had Elektra given him the OK to do a double DVD set, Mike would have no doubt thrown in all the other extra features. The reason there is no 5.1 audio (it actually would have fit) is because Kevin Shirley for whatever reason, decided to only do a stereo mix.
- Why was the artwork on Live Scenes From New York changed? faq id: 213
MP: Well, the original cover had the Big Apple in flames and within the apple was the NYC skyline with the twin towers also in flames. The record came out on the morning of September 11th by sheer coincidence. Due to what happened we decided to pull the cover and change it. We did not want the live record to be something people remembered September 11th by. We wanted it to be something that people remembered August 30th 2000 by. The label just wanted to put a sticker on the cover, but we insisted on changing it.
- Was there any overdubbing done in the vocals for Live Scenes From New York? faq id: 312
MP: John's vox on Live Scenes From New York were overdubbed and mine were the original live ones... (the only one of John's that weren't overdubbed is the bridge of Through Her Eyes because we were sharing a mic....and that high, cracking harmony was NOT me!!*cough*)
- What's going on with my PAL version of the Scenes From New York DVD - the video looks out of synch with the audio? faq id: 313
Answer: One of the errors that Mike had to correct that had initially delayed the release was a problem with the audio being slightly out of synchronization with the video. The NTSC version is the version that Mike corrected and approved. Somehow, somewhere, somebody did not use this version for the first pressing of the PAL version. When planning on purchasing a PAL copy of Scenes From New York now, make sure to buy one with the "Remastered - director approved" sticker on there, otherwise, you might still receive a copy from the first pressing.
- Why did Dream Theater release another live album so soon after Once In A LIVEtime? faq id: 314
MP: Well, the initial idea was that I was pushing the record company to do a DVD and we felt that this was the perfect record for a DVD. So once they agreed to film the Roseland show, and once we had that in the can, they approached us about releasing it on CD. At first I was hesitant because we had just put out Once In A LIVEtime, but the more they presented the idea to me the more I liked it, especially since the CD contains the entire concert. The VHS version is 90 minutes, the DVD has about two and a half hours, and the CD contains the entire show, which is about three hours. So the fact that it was the complete show made lots of sense. Also, there are two big differences with the live records. One is that it is a different line-up with Jordan in the band. Two there is very few song selections that crossover between those five CDs. You are getting very little repetition and it covers lots of ground.
- What was involved in directing the Scenes From New York DVD? faq id: 315
MP: It was a big job, and it took a lot of time and energy. But at the same time, it was one of the most satisfying projects I've ever worked on. For the DVD, I had to put all of the elements of music and film together. The director of a film is very similar to the producer of a record. You're overseeing every element of the project. I had a vision for the project. I knew how I wanted it to look and how every shot would be shown. In terms of which band member would be shown on screen at a certain time, who's going to know better than one of the bandmembers who wrote and played the music? I know exactly which instrument needed to be highlighted at what point, and I used a lot of split screens to highlight doubling and unison lines and harmonies.