Pompeii formats

Here we are, then: Live at Pompeii, released on or around 29th September, in various formats.

So, after enjoying it in the cinema on 13th September, you won’t have long to wait before you can enjoy it again in your home or car.

Available on CD, DVD, Blu-ray, LP and as a digital download, there will be documentaries, extra footage – both in-concert and behind-the-scenes footage – from Pompeii and beyond, as well as delightful souvenirs that help make an already lovely set that little bit lovelier.

Of course, there’s a double CD (2xCD) with 21 live tracks from Pompeii.

The standard Blu-ray package consists of the concert in 96/24 PCM Stereo and 96/24 DTS MA (no, me neither, but it sounds good), and a seven-minute ‘Pompeii Then and Now’ documentary.

Likewise, the standard DVD (2xDVD): Stereo PCM, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS plus the ‘Then and Now’ documentary.

The vinyl version (4xLP) contains four records in two gatefold sleeves, poly liner inner sleeves and a booklet in a slipcase.

And then, best of all, there’s the Blu-ray + CD Deluxe Edition Boxset made up of two CDs (the standard 2xCD package) and two Blu-rays in special packaging. The first is the concert, the same as the standard Blu-ray; the second, a bonus disc with 65 minutes of concert footage:

1) South America (December 2015)
The songs are: ‘Astronomy Domine’, ‘Us and Them’, ‘Today’, ‘Time’ / ‘Breathe (In the Air) [Reprise]’ and ‘Comfortably Numb’ – the latter with Jon Carin sharing the vocal duties.

2) Wrocław, Poland (June 2016)
Complete with orchestra, the songs are: ‘5 A.M.’, ‘Rattle That Lock’, ‘Dancing Right In Front Of Me’, ‘The Girl In the Yellow Dress’ (featuring Leszek Możdżer on piano) and ‘In Any Tongue’.

Both of these are directed by Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell.

But that’s not all. There are further documentaries – courtesy of Gavin Elder – focusing on Europe 2015, South America 2015, North America 2015 and Europe 2016, as well as the BBC’s ‘Wider Horizons’ documentary first broadcast in November 2015.

Completing the set and providing a special memento for anyone who was fortunate enough to be in attendance for those two special nights in Mount Vesuvius’ eerie shadow: a photo booklet, Pompeii Guide, set of four postcards and a poster.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

For tracklisting, running times, full technical specifications and a glimpse of how it will all look, please see the Pompeii microsite.

Looking forward to sharing your thoughts, both in the comments below and in the chatroom, which will be open from 3pm (UK) today.