Ok, here's a bit in real-time, as I watch it on a full TV for the first time:
Documentary footage is good quality - sharper than the colour stuff, which I gues betrays the infancy of the colour VT system. Has Ringo got the worst moptop ever???
Very nice to see the outside of the Budokan for the first time ever.
You can tell the band are trying to play
this show - to start, Ringo does his typical splashing on that damned cymbal all the way through Rock And Roll Music, but John is very focussed; check the way he powers into She's A Woman! Notice how Ringo then sharpens up his playing thereafter (even playing a few fills!) Obviously hearing themselves, against a (relatively) restrained audience helps enormously.
Sound is reasonably balanced - Paul's bass comes through with a clear throb though, as has been been pointed out, George's guitar is a little distant. I wonder if it's because he and John are both playing Epiphone Casinos? Certainly when he switches to his Ricky for If I Needed Someone, he's much more audible - unfortunately, he's vocally distracted for this and delivers a pretty lousy vocal; the one on July 1st is MUCH better, as I recall.
Picture-wise, the distance shots have a great depth to them. When you close in on the band, there is an inescapable sense of a "gauze" in front of the picture (it's the only way I can describe it). Also, whilst the fixed and inanimate objects have a strong sense of the colour about them (the Beatles backdrop, the green drape over Ringo's drum-riser) the band's fleshtones are all over the shop - from brown, to pink, to dayglo etc.!
Colourwise, that's the only flaw I can detect - whether it's something that can be changed, or if it's inherent to the recording, it's a small issue.
It's a good setlist - it captures the highlights of their 1964-1966 material nicely,with a mix of singles and great album tracks. I too would have liked We Can Work It Out, and it would have been nice if John could have played organ on I'm Down (I don't think he did this in Germany either?), but other than that it's prety much everything you could want two guitars, bass & drums to do.
Back to Ringo: he's concentrating on the samba beat in I Feel Fine and, apart from some vocal flubs, it sounds really good (the dual riffing comes through excellently here).
Can't say too much about Ringo's number - back to those bloody cymbals again...
Nowhere Man starts very shakily - I like the Munich version better - but perks up very nicely during George's solo, and then descends into mediocre singing again. I think the Munich version (and 7/1/66?) is much better than this.
Anyway, only a couple of numbers left now, so I'm going to settle back & enjoy 'em!
Overall, it's as good a presentation as I could hope for (see above comments re skin tones though) and will make an excellent companion for the July 1st show!
Should be seeing about 30 more reviews sometime soon.
Make that 29 now...