9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
Bought this DVD for my son, although we are both fans. This is the only concert of Madonna's that I have not been too, and we both thought the DVD was brilliant. Even all the extras are an amazing insight to what goes on behind the scenes. Don't know what all the negativity is about. Really glad we ignored the bad reviews.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2013
As a year long fan, i think that this DVD+2 CD pack recreate the live show perfectly! Recommend it to every music fan.
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2013
Madonna herself has acknowledged that there is a problem with the disc and it's being looked into so i'll just review the concert itself that i bought in HD on iTunes. The grain, digital artifacts and occasional blurred shots are also on the iTunes version and so i'm guessing it was either intentional or the raw footage they had to work with wasn't great. I personally don't think it works but 'i see what you tried to do there' :)
Her voice is overly processed especially at the beginning of the show and it doesn't feel live at all. I'm guessing the audio was recorded in a studio and they attempted to make it sound live - i don't know what they did but that was surely not her voice on the night! She sounds completely different on amateur YouTube videos (and better imo).
But the thing that i find most offputting is the crazy editing! It's headache inducing, you never get to see a still shot of her for more than a few seconds and i'm guessing that this (combined with the over the top airbrushing of her face) was done as a vanity thing. I understand she spent 6 months personally on the producing and it's like she doesn't want us to focus on her face for too long. In Vogue she looks like a hologram.
It's a shame because the show itself was great and there are a load of YouTube videos that caputured the magic of it far better than this official release both visually and sound wise. The opening of the show and Girl Gone Wild look much better on YouTube as you can see the incredible screens more which were a huge part of that part of the performance.
Like A Virgin and Love Spent are awesome and i really like the cheerleading section. The rest i find uncomfortable to watch because of the bonkers editing. A shame. This show deserved a much better release than this.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2013
bad editing, bad sound, no clear images even at blu ray...she should keep herself from the film industry and leave all to professionals...
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
The quality of this release is terrible. Both image and sound are horrible. VHS-like grain and blur everywhere. Sound levels are uneven. Had problems playing the disc on Playstation 3. Not worth buying the Blu Ray edition at all...if you still intend to buy the concert despite all this, go for the DVD release.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2013
Difficult to review the whole package as it has great points and frankly truly terrible points.
The set list is great, Madonna & the crew work extremely hard and it's visually stunning, but the very obvious
"Enhancements" are awful.
Madonna isn't the best live vocal performer, but her voice on opening track "Girl Gone Wild" is very odd and very obviously enhanced or re-recorded, and the editing is really a lesson in what not to do. Did no one watch the final cut before it was pressed?
A fabulous show, but not a fabulous record of it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2014
I saw the MDNA tour in Hyde Park and was really impressed with the show - great setlist, choreography, costumes stage design etc. With this in mind I couldn't wait for the DVD and put my pre-order in as soon as it appeared on Amazon, hoping to relive the concert for posterity. Well, how wrong could I be...
I have been a HUGE fan of Madonna since I was a kid and have followed her career since the mid 80s. I have loved all her previous tour DVDs... Yes, I was a bit disappointed the Sticky and Sweet tour DVD as the sound was clearly "improved" (overdubbed) and isn't correctly synched... but it's a minor gripe compared with the mess that is this release.
Sadly in the case of the MDNA tour, the show has been hyperactively edited to the point where it has become an unwatchable mess. Instagram style filters and an inability to let any shot linger more than a few moments gave me a total headache. It's hard to make out what is happening on stage and for a show with such creativity, so much detail is lost.
How did they allow this on such a high profile release?! I do hope Madonna leaves the editing to the professionals in future. Also, minor point - it would also be good to hear her sing in a slightly lower register to suit her older voice as it sounds strained in a lot of the songs.
One for die hard fans only, but don't say I didn't warn you!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
Having seen the EPIX broadcast while I was on holiday in the USA earlier this year (where the quality and colour was astounding)... I was looking forward to owning the Blu Ray. Much to my surprise, when it arrived the picture quality is terrible and the sound is not quite right on my surround sound system. The picture is so grainy its unbelievable!!. I have old VHS tapes that have a better picture. There is definately something wrong here. I am sending it back to amazon and someone at universal/live nation should really sort this out. I can't believe this has got through quality control. As an aside the concert is amazing (albeit the editing and graphics are a bit much sometimes). Vogue, Revolver and Celebration are a must see.
on 7 October 2013
The concert is surely not my favorite from Maddy, as she will doubtfully ever surpass her 'Confessions' masterpiece, but I for sure enjoyed it in London. The problem here resides in the home video production. I have read reviews about this disc, as well as Madonna's statement about the problem being investigated and possibly fixed. But there is no problem with the BD master itself, it's clearly the production that is bad. Video can be grainy at times, overprocessed and black level can sometimes be too high, thiugh there is nothing wrong with BD settings on RGB range, it is simply the quality of source material that is too noisy and highly processed. Sometimes colors are also oversaturated, and noise and resolution levels are uneven between the different cameras used to shoot the footage. This could be acceptable if it wasn't for the editing... The REAL bad part for the video comes with a terrible editing, which makes you immediately bored and appalled by continuous cuts, changes of camera angles, zooms... Difficult to follow. Though the worse has yet to come. The lowest peak is reached by the multichannel audio mix. Channel levels are simply wrong, voice is sometimes too far away, other times too strong, most of the time badly placed and overly processed. The sound field is wrong, basses sometimes disappear, other times are too boomy. What is worse, track bases sound as if i they were recorded elsewhere, far away. Don't they know how to make a live recording sound good in home video or on CD? Listen to Confessions to learn how to mix a concert for home release! Everything here is outplaced, inconsistent. One of the worse home video release of a live performance. Forget about this disc.
on 18 September 2013
I saw this show twice, London and Edinburgh and i say with honesty that this, is probably one of the most theatrical tours ever produced for the stadiums, parks and arenas of the globe.
Madonna invented the theatrical pop tour, she owns it! From her first tour way back in 1985, to the Who's That Girl tour of 1987, she has continually put on shows which test the mind, boggle the senses and force the the audience to walk away with a feeling of more than just elation! You walk away feeling like a part of something much bigger, like you've been on a fantasy trip. You don't get that from anybody else's tour. And the majority are copied from Madonna tours of old anyway! Step forward Kylie! (Who was at Hyde Park!)
As with all her other tours, Madonna has segmented the shows into acts, defined by songs, costumes and projection which relay their meaning and content. The tour is dark, much darker than Drowned World even, but then this is her divorce settlement and sark is no bad thing! She was always better when scorned (Like A Prayer?! American Life?!). My favourite part has to be the Erotic Candy Shop act, Vogue in all its glory fresh for the new decade and better than ever. Other artists could only dream of having such a colossal hit sound so 'now' in 20 years time. And then there is her stab at yet another pretender to her throne, the Express Yourself/Born This Way mash up. Madonna deals a comic blow to the angst ridden thief and proves that with age and wisdom, you don't necessarily have to lose your sense of humour!
Artistically this tour was mind blowing and beautiful to watch, when she's on stage, and despite all of that, she remains the focus, a real mega star. Theres no doubt you are in the presence of true pop royalty when she's striking a pose on stage in front of you, she doesn't simper and pander to her audience, you pander to her. And who can argue?! 34 years in and she shows no signs of slowing down. Brilliant!