38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2003
I saw Shakira live at Wembley at the end of last year, ostensibly taking my little sister. Afterwards I felt a bit like I'd been punched, but there's some serious music in her back catalogue. What you get here is the talent without all the costume changes and pyrotechnics (and with volume control and chapter stops).
Now, either I'm a keen 20-something male or this MTV Unplugged is a very good show (probably both). If you liked Laundry Service (which I'm guessing is probably how most readers will have got here) you might not like the simpler, semi-acoustic (they're stretching the word "unplugged") sound here, but I expect most people will love it, given the chance to hear it. All the songs are in Spanish - this was three years ago, before she wrote in English and dyed her hair blonde. People I've shown this DVD to have been surprised how good it is (how good she is). Not your average pop, and don't worry if you don't speak Spanish either - the tone, body language and accompaniment are all so expressive it's barely a handicap (there are subtitles, which is a great addition, but it's worth learning some Spanish 'cos IMHO they are distracting and a little weird).
You come away from this with the feeling that she's a decent, humble person who happens to sing and dance in a unique and beautiful way. And I don't say that about... pretty much any other star I can think of. 50 minutes goes quickly, but the repeat value is high... add the chapter stops and audio quality and it's just what DVD is made for. Only downside I can think of is you want to get involved, but can't... if anyone knows how to enjoy a concert video without looking like a prat, and without sitting there like a lump of wood, I'd love to know.
The DVD (for geeks and the really curious)
Short run time means nice low compression - they've almost filled a single layer disc with two high bitrate audio streams - you can choose from LPCM 2.0 1536kbps and Dolby Digital 5.1 448kbps. It all sounds excellent to me, but I don't have a 5.1 setup to try surround. Video is around 6Mbps 4:3 aspect, on a widescreen TV I've got borders at the sides, which is about the only thing not to like. Menus not too annoying, but a bit cute (flowers!). There are subtitles - English, French, Portuguese and German. (Side note - I wonder who translated her lyrics, some of the phrasing is a bit dodgy; but then music and poetry never translate simply). Extras are Timeline (she started young), Albums (just track lists with cover art), Photo Gallery (a dozen stills from the video, seems pointless), 24 minute 'Making Of' documentary which has interviews with several of the musicians and is worth one watch (also subtitled), and "DVD instructions", which if followed give you options of wallpaper and screensaver (can't say I've tried either). These bonus features are just that - bonus features, the show is what you should be wanting. DVD was clearly made for the Spanish market, box text is all in Spanish (menus give English or Spanish option at start). Region free PAL. And that's about all I can say, other than "Why did it take 3 years to release?".
I haven't even mentioned the tight leather pants or funny faces she pulls have I. No seriously, this is great music from a great person and a great show on a great DVD. Not a purchase to regret.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2003
I have been a fan of Shakira for a while and was so pleased when I finally purchased this item. Everybody says that it is weird to listen to songs in other langages. But in this live DVD Shakira does all her songs with the utmost passion that it is hard not to be proud of what she has achieved. She has one countless awards for this production over the years and continues to prove all the critics that she is here it stay.
As far as the features are concerned the behind the scenes 15 minute video has shakira, Emilo Estafan, Luis Fernando Ocha and Tim Mitchell talking about Shakira and the production of this performance. Shakira herself goes into a large amount of detail about how she was able to transform her original tunes from her then previous album into acoustic versions. There is so much more to this DVD I don't want to give it away. There is a subtitles function so in my opinion it does not matter much that the bulk of the DVD is in Spanish.
I hope in future that Shakira continues to produce such outstanding music and continues to rock the musical world.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2006
The songs Shakira performs are taken from the cd Donde Estan Los Ladrones.I would say that Shakira gives renditions of these songs,on MTV Unplugged,that are better than her performances on the cd.Ojos Asi is one of the most original and beautiful tracks I have heard in my life and when you see Shakira dancing as she sings it you will understand why Gabriel Garcia Marquez,her fellow Columbian, said: "no one can sing and dance like her."
Shakira must have been 19 or 20 years old when she gave this concert (I think gave is the right word for she really has given something unique and wonderful to the world here).Some talent!
The sound quality of Shakira -MTV unplugged is excellent,particularly for the guitars.The only thing more amazing than this MTV unplugged dvd is the
cd Pies Descalzos which she produced,with Luis Ochoa, when she was only nineteen.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2003
This is a wonderful concert, it shows Shakira at her most passionate about what she does - she sings her heart out and has incredible stage presence. If you've only seen the Whenever Wherever video, this will suprise you. Still very sexy, this shows her latin and very musical roots.
on 14 June 2012
Way before it all got too commercial and a bit cheesy & daft, there was this masterpiece. I normally never sit & listen to foreign language CDs, as I love listening to the lyrics of the songs, but I was quite prepared to find all the translations for this! The DVD is great too. Both are excellent quality for a studio album, let alone a live production! If there were 6 stars...