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Shakira bursts onto Blu-ray.,
This review is from: Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour [Blu-ray]  [+Bonus CD] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Sony presents Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour in 1080p high definition inside a 1.78:1 frame. Seeing as this is the first concert I have seen on Blu-ray, or any home video format for that matter, I don't really have a base of comparison to judge it against, but I cannot imagine any other program of this nature looking any better. As expected, there is a lot of smoke to be seen in the image, especially up against the bright lights around the stage, but it never gets in the way of the image. Clarity is amazing. Color reproduction is stunning, and details, even on distant shots of the stage and crowd, appear to be of the highest caliber. Blacks, too, are solid. This image almost looks too real. You wouldn't have had a better view of the show in real life, and I doubt even a front row seat would have been a marked improvement over the image you see on this disc.
The 2.0 channel PCM track and the 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks sound amazing on their own, but the PCM uncompressed 5.1 track running at 6.9 Mbps is obviously the one to listen to, if your equipment can decode it. The show kicks off with the hit song Estoy Aqui and the viewer is immediately transported to the show. If you were sitting dead center in the auditorium with the pulsating beats and the crowd noise all around you in perfect harmony, you would approach the level of sonic wonder produced with this disc. Bass is powerful yet clear. Shakira's remarkable ability to produce both high pitches and deep lows with her voice is reproduced with an uncanny and lifelike accuracy. Suffice it to say, this is one of the most immersive, lifelike tracks I've ever heard, probably because it is real. This track goes to show just how good real life can sound. Studios and processing are fine, but what we get here is a true to life sonic adventure that left me speechless at times. If this disc isn't running as demo material at stores all around the world, it should be. This is a system seller.
Shakira fans are in for a treat as this disc contains a nice selection of extras. Around the World in 397 Days (480p, 11:26) is a chronicle of the 125 stop tour. This is a good look at the inner workings of the tour in other countries, including stops in Mumbai, India and Cairo, Egypt. Barefoot (480p, 21:21) is a look at Shakira's life philosophies and philanthropic endeavors. A video clip of Las De La Intuicion (480p, 3:46) is included. Live: 'Obtener un Sí' (1080p, 3:35) is a live performance of this song not included in the main feature. Live: 'La Pared' (480p, 3:56) is another performance of the song featured in the concert as performed in a separate venue. A photo gallery of stills from the concert is available for your perusal.
The primary extra is the inclusion of an audio CD that contains a musical intro and live performances of the songs Estoy Aquí, Don't Bother, Inevitable, La Pared, and Hips Don't Lie.
Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour is sure to please hardcore Shakira fans, concert fans, and Blu- ray fans. Shakira puts on a great show that is highly energetic and entertaining. If you are not familiar with this artist, this Blu-ray disc is perhaps the best introduction to her music. Outside of attending a real live concert, this disc is the absolute best Shakira presentation you will experience. This is a top-notch release that features video and audio quality of the highest magnitude. Extras are nice, including the addition of the audio CD. Recommended for Blu-ray fans, and a must buy for Shakira fans.