As Live in Hawaii
highlights, Janet Jackson loves taking her clothes off in front of the cameras. On top of the eight costume changes, the cameras have "access all areas" privileges and follow Janet as she dashes off stage to change. These shots arent particularly insightful, but will nevertheless appeal to her male fans. With a massive stage, amazing special effects, and a huge crew of supporting artistes the show is a typical grand Jackson concert affair. Following another American mega pop star tradition, where concerts are themed fairy tale-style around "dreams" or "fantasies", the "All For You" show is supposedly located in an "alternative universe". However, its not a particularly radical cosmos, with one act set in a candy store (for "Runaway"), featuring Jackson dressed as a pixie.
Perhaps being in another universe explains why Janet appears particularly distant from her audience, with very little interaction going on between her and the crowd. The age-old question is she or isnt she singing live also seems particularly relevant for this show. You decide. With tracks included from all her solo albums, this concert provides a pleasurable voyage through her greatest hits
On the DVD: Live in Hawaii presents colourful and glossy footage restricted to standard 4:3 format. The sound track, though, is offered in three different formats (Dolby Digital Stereo; Dolby Digital 4.1 and DTS). On top of the attractive menus, theres a ten-minute interview with Janet, a three-minute photo gallery of shots from her concert programme, and a bizarre compilation of Miss Jackson performing "Would You Mind" at different concert venues.--John Galilee