Live footage on the DVD would probably be pretty cool. Though it might be the same footage that's already avaliable on youtube, which would be less interesting since I've already watched that footage (though it would still be nice to own).
Did you hear Serge Fiori's newish solo album from a couple years back? It's not amazing but there's some good stuff and it's cool to hear him making music closer to the Harmonium folk/prog style again.
re-editing old movies into 3d is a good comparison. 5.1 is almost totally pointless. It really only works as a novelty 95% of the time. It's one thing if the album was originally produced like that, but those are uncommon. Most albums are produced to be in stereo for a reason. And the choices made while recording reflect that. Like if you record two guitar tracks and pan one to the left and one to the right in the stereo mix, you can't mix that in 5.1 without making some sort of weird compromise. And then you also have to take into account that a lot of people who listen to 5.1 music will be playing it on modified systems (my parents have a 7.1 setup for example). So the mix will have to accomodate that too.
remixing mono albums into stereo is similar. it can work alright and there are many good examples of it done well (the beach boys pet sounds for instance), but when it's done wrong it sounds awful. and even when it's done right it's rarely able to surpass the original mono mix. It says a lot that bands who could afford it (like The Beatles) specifically made their mono mixes and stereo mixes separately so that both would reflect the medium the mix was produced for.
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