The monarch of performance has also discovered the best way to undergo an elaborate costume change without keeping your audience waiting--simply ply them with stunningly directed music videos on a multitude of screens and hang two solitary male dancers upside down to perform feats of dance perfection. This truly impressive show holds as much for Madonna fans as it does for anyone who is interested in studying modern performance and dance routines--and Madonna is certainly well versed enough to teach in this field with almost 20 successful years in the business. The Drowned World Tour--rumoured to be her last live show--goes to prove that Madonna still reigns supreme.
On the DVD: Although the special features are hardly a ray of light--simply an impressive photo gallery and some Web links--the picture and sound on this DVD are excellent. As a champion of all things new Madonna's DVD uses a picture perfect format of 4:3, and superb sound quality: with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS 5.1 you'll feel like you're at the concert in a prime seat. Another impressive feature is the ability to view the song lyrics, allowing you to strut around your living room like a prima donna with this glamorous version of Karaoke! --Nikki Disney
The singing is great, the staging fantastic, dancing unparalleled and the whole mix is just mind blowing.
OK, a video is never going to be as good as being there but you can see what all the fuss was about.
It's a must for anyone who wants to see what a real pop concert can really be, as close to art as pop can get
From the beginning you know you're in for something amazing. The opening music sends shivers up your spine as the crowds go absolutely ballistic. Madonna performs 'Drowned World' with a husky, new-found vocal ability. Her voice sounds fantastic, although she does get breathless during the more upbeat numbers.
She looks fantastic with a guitar, too, as she performs 'Candy Perfume Gil' a la Courtney Love. Frozen is another vocal gem, as is Mer Girl, Gone, Lo Que Siente La Mujer and La Isla Bonita.
The stage show is superb. She once vowed never to compromise her artistic integrity. Well this is as artistic as it comes, with symbols of female empowerment throughout, from her flying through the air and whooping ninja ass to her smiling through her bruises during 'Mer Girl' to show she always comes out on top no matter how hard critics beat her into the ground.
Some of the show is serious and dark, whereas her sense of humour is shown during 'Don't Tell Me' and 'Beautiful Stranger'. Country, cyberpunk, and a reflective acoustic strum on a guitar to 'I Deserve It' show her depth and range as an artist.
She sounds and looks better than ever. May she rule the world forever!