I was able to pick mine up a few days ago (One of my local indie shops lets me get new releases as soon as they get them in). I haven't listened to/watched the whole thing yet (Especially since there's a crack going all the way through my CD 1
), but generally speaking I like what I hear, and I love what I see. The cinematography is fantastic - definitely the best on a Rush release IMO. I know I've read elsewhere that people are unhappy with the heavy shift towards the blue end of the spectrum but that doesn't bother me, especially since this one has a nice consistent look across all angles for the first time since S&A (Time Machine's black levels were all over the place, and the shots on CA were not all cross-processed equally).
The sound is excellent to me. Very clear mix, miles ahead of Clockwork Angels. The 5.1 mix on the Blu Ray could be more engaging - probably 95% of the mix is coming from the front speakers; the rear speakers only offer up crowd noise when there's a significant amount, and room echo the rest of the time (But it's quiet enough you won't even notice it unless you're right up against your rear speakers). Even if it's not an engaging mix, it still sounds excellent.
My biggest gripe however is their reluctance to touch up some trouble spots in some of the songs. There's some really rough spots; Alex starts Far Cry on the wrong chord (It takes about 4 hits for him to fix it), Neil completely drops the beat coming off his first fill in YYZ during the trading bass/drum solos, and Alex lands on the wrong chords for a few seconds during the galloping part of the 2112 Overture. There may be a few others, but those are the ones I remember offhand. I'm not suggested they should've doctored the performance until it was absolutely perfect, but I think those are some pretty glaring problems. Especially considering something similar happened on Time Machine and not only did they fix it with a performance from another night, but made it glaringly obvious they did so
in the liner notes. It's not enough to ruin the release for me or anything, but I am definitely scratching my head over it.