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A solid concert with a few niggling issues
on 4 January 2010
First, let me confirm the technical specifications:
Running Time: 3 hrs 39 mins approx (Concert and documentary)
Disc Format: 1 x BD50 Dual Layer
Picture Format: 1080p/24 (Concert and documentary)
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Region: 0 (Worldwide) - I assume this means region free
Subtitles: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin
Menu Screens: English
01 Lost Highway
02 Born To Be My Baby
03 Blaze Of Glory
04 It's My Life
05 Keep The Faith
06 Raise Your Hands
07 Living In Sin/Chapel Of Love
09 Whole Lot Of Lovin'
10 In These Arms
11 We Got It Going On
12 I'll Be There For You
13 (You Want To) Make A Memory
14 Blood On Blood
15 Dry County
16 Have A Nice Day
17 Who Says You Can't Go Home
19 Wanted Dead Or Alive
20 Livin' On A Prayer
21 Bad Medicine
22 You Give Love A Bad Name
24 Bed Of Roses
Now for the review itself. I must start off by saying that this is probably one of Bon Jovi's best concerts to date, the playing is spot on (as is the singing) and the audience and the band seem to be really enjoying themselves!
One little problem I have though is that for some reason the concert seems to have been edited strangely - there are 24 songs on the disc yet not all of them are viewable as part of the concert. Firstly, Bad Medicine is played at the end of the concert (presumably as an encore) but there is only audio available as the screen is blacked out for the credits. It seems strange to watch the credits whilst listening to the crowd go wild over this song.
Likewise the last 3 songs (You Give Love A Bad Name, Runaway and Bed Of Roses) are only available as bonus songs - they can only be played separately and individually from the main menu - for some reason they've been edited out of the concert and tacked on as extras. I'd have much preferred them to be reinserted into the concert itself, or better yet not edited out in the first place! don't understand why they were presented this way as they are all in 1080p with the same audio options as the rest of the concert!
On the plus side the visual presentation is generally superb. There a few soft shots and it seems that the stationary cameras had different specifications to the others used as the picture quality changes when switching to them - it isn't bad (there's still lots of detail) it's just obvious to see that different cameras are being used, the colours change ever so slightly and the contrast seems a bit brighter. Also, as was pointed out by a friend, these stationary cameras shake a bit as they've been placed a bit too close to the drums and are picking up quite a few vibrations. Overall the detail is superb and colours leap off the screen.
As for the audio I was disappointed to read that only TrueHD and stereo were being provided (I've become used to DTS HD Master and PCM Stereo), but they perform admirably enough. Strangely the TrueHD track sounded a bit muddier and subdued than the stereo track (so much so that I had to play the concert on a higher volume on the TrueHD track than on the stereo to hear everything properly).
As far as extras are concerned we are provided with the documentary "When We Were Beautiful" in all its 1080p glory and it is fantastic! It is well worth watching for any fan of Bon Jovi, new or old as it provides such an insight into the working of the band!
Overall the only real problems on the disc are the little issues with the audio provision, but that aside I can wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone out there.