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4.0 out of 5 stars Saturday night vintage entertainment, 8 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Robbie Williams - One Night at the Palladium [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I ordered this bluray on pre-order in November and eagerly awaited its arrival, however I had to wait 4 days after its due date (not sure who to blame, Amazon or Royal Mail).
When it finally arrived I sat and watched the entire disc. The bluray version has everything on the one disc and what is so good about bluray is that you don't have to go out of the show to go to the main menu. this consists of show, access to individual songs, documentary & sound options.

SHOW. The bluray copy of the show had a clear picture that kept it's sharpness during the picture pan (obviously TVs differ according to make and model) and the sound was very crisp. However, the colour wasn't as vibrant nor was the picture as sharp as I expected for a bluray, it was no better than the HD showing on telly and wasn't as sharp as other shows on bluray I have. My bluray is connected to a surround system and this was very good and picked up all the instruments.

DOCUMENTARY. This is a 'fly on the wall' look behind the scenes of the Palladium rehearsals from the bare bones of the band getting together, meeting up with the whole ensemble to actual night. whilst short in duration, this is straight to the point and very informative.

SOUND OPTIONS. Three options, Stereo, and two separate 5.1 options, pick the correct option for you system or it will not sound right.

The show has songs from 'Swing When You're Winning' and 'Swings Both Ways' featuring some but not all guests from the album, whilst also included are some songs not on his albums and some 'swinged up' familiar songs from different genres. Robbie is energetic, comical and totally entertaining, backed by a superb band some people may remember individuals from his Take The Crown tour.
All in all a harmless & enjoyable piece of light entertainment that all swing and Robbie fans will enjoy.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2014 14:20:00 GMT
Mr. R Baylis says:
The lack of sharpness you perceived compared to some other Blu-ray discs is probably due to the fact it is an interlaced HD encoded picture rather than progressive scan. A 1080p signal theoretically will improve clarity and colour fidelity compared to an interlaced signal.

There are websites that aver that unless you have a screen size over 50" the average viewer can't distinguish between 720p signals and higher resolutions anyway, although plainly there is a very visible step up from 480 lines of DVD days.

As the HD TV broadcast you refer to plainly couldn't be at any higher resolution it's no surprise that it didn't look any better on the disk you bought.

I'm not surprised that such a short show and the one single extra feature fitted onto a Blu-ray disc which has capacity for far more than this rather meagre offering.

Lastly, the ability to access the menu without leaving the show is actually down to the authoring and although it is a nice feature of the format, by no means do all discs take advantage of it. In fact, many in my collection from major studios require you to completely stop the feature, restart and go through the whole slow tedious Blu-ray start-up before you can access the menu again.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2014 07:03:21 BDT
I have had some issues with the sound where there is no audio from centre speaker through an home cinema system when Dts or 5.1 is selected when robbie is singing only!

I have tried both dvd and blu ray format.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2015 10:29:34 GMT
By-tor says:
That's very odd not to mention frustrating, I'll bet. It's always annoying when you just want to sit down and watch the thing without practically begging it to work.
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