I saw this show on the opening night at the o2 Arena and was blown away by it.
I actually wasn't interested in seeing it at all - the ITV show had put me off largely - but I was unwillingly dragged along.
I'm happy to admit that within the first minute of the show I was absolutely hooked. The power of the music (it was !LOUD!) and the staging were superb. I'd recommend anyone to see the show live while they can. I enjoyed it so much that a few days later I tried to book again to see it when it returned for a run at Wembley Arena.
The BluRay / DVD however is really quite a let down.
(Yes, this is a review of the DVD / BluRay as it's meant to be here - not a review of the show. You CANNOT buy the show on Amazon!!!)
The dynamics of the sound are completely lost. I have a pretty impressive sound system at home, full 5.1 with a serious sub and properly positioned fronts, centre and surrounds - all meticulously tuned. But JCS on this system is exteremely underwhelming. (For an example of how to do concert sound properly see The Prodigy's Live World's On Fire [CD & Blu Ray
] - now that's sound that blows you away)
Well, on closer inspection of the BluRay packaging it is only presented in 2.1!! I didn't even think to check as these day anything like this should be presented in 5.1 and for BluRay that shoudl be 5.1 HD/Master audio. Why, when this is Lloyd Webber's rock concert musical (he is on record many times saying that this show was designed to be a rock concert), would the audio be left so lacking like this?
Add to this that the editting feels uncomfortable and intrusive at times and this is a big dissapointment. Too many quick cuts during the opening sequence are jarring rather than enhancing the feeling of chaos. I know what the director was trying to do, but it doesn't work.
I am pleased I have this as a reminder of a brilliant show, but it just doesn't come anywhere near close to even creating half of the atmosphere of being there.