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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part I

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"The Legend of Zorro" (Blu-ray)

The Legend of ZorroSynopsis

Having spent the last ten years fighting injustice and cruelty, Alejandro de la Vega is now facing his greatest challenge: his loving wife Elena has thrown him out of the house! Elena has filed for divorce and found comfort in the arms of Count Armand, a dashing French aristocrat. But Alejandro knows something she doesn't: Armand is the evil mastermind behind a terrorist plot to destroy the United States. And so, with his marriage and country's future at stake, it's up to Zorro to try and save two unions before it's too late.

Specifications

    • Columbia Pictures
      2005, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 10 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English/French Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • Spanish/Portuguese/Thai DD 5.1
    • Directed by Martin Campbell
    • Starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: No

Commentary

I was a big fan of the original Mask of Zorro with this cast. It was fun, had lots of action, and was produced well. This sequel has its moments, but mostly comes up well short of the original. There is just too much comic relief. Most of the film feels overly dramatic, and there is a lot of corniness added (probably for the kid's sake). I did like the premise of the story this time around, but the execution was lacking.

Technical

The HD transfer impressed me a lot more than the film did. Sony delivers another solid catalog release with exceptional detail and color rendition. The image stays quite dimensional throughout, and fine object detail is incredible at times. Contrast is never lacking, but blacks can be slightly elevated at times. This doesn't seem to hurt shadow detail though. Colors are striking, especially outside, and saturation is solid. A solid video presentation from Sony here.

The 5.1 soundtrack is presented in lossless Dolby TrueHD. I was told recently by a Sony executive that we will be seeing more and more TrueHD soundtracks out of Sony Blu-ray offerings and less PCM offerings. Some may not be too happy with this, but if it saves some bits for video and means Sony will be delivering 20 and 24 bit resolution audio.

This release is quite a treat sonically, with nice dynamics and a rich atmosphere. Imaging in the main soundstage is exceptional, with a nice blend to the rear soundstage and plenty of panning effects. My only complaint is the inconsistent volume level from scene to scene. They amp the soundtrack up quite a bit for the action sequences, but the other passages can be a bit lacking in presence in comparison. Bass response is excellent, with some nice infrasonics in some scenes that will get the chairs shaking.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary, deleted scenes, some production features, and two scene deconstructions.



"Hannibal Rising" (HD DVD Import)

Hannibal RisingSynopsis

In Red Dragon we learned who he was. In Silence Of The Lambs we learned how he did it. Now comes the most chilling chapter in the saga of Hannibal Lecter - the one that answers the most elusive question of all - why? Written by Thomas Harris, the best-selling author of the Hannibal book series, this journey reveals for the first time the metamorphosis of a brilliant medical student into "Hannibal the Cannibal."

Specifications

    • The Weinstein Company
      2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 54 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • 1080i
    • English DTS-HD MA ES 5.1
    • English/Polish DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Peter Webber
    • Starring Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Dominic West, Kevin McKidd, Rhys Ifans
Rating
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  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I read this book last year and was excited about seeing the big screen adaptation. Unfortunately, I missed it during its theatrical run due to work and was upset to see The Weinstein's skip this one on HD DVD. Luckily it can be found on-line from Poland on HD DVD complete with the original English soundtrack and no region coding. The film is faithful to the book, but leaves out a lot of the character development that made the book so riveting. What's left is a good movie, but not on the level of the other films from this series. Had they just fleshed out the characters a bit more I think this one would have been near the level of Silence of the Lambs. While I still think it is a great addition to the series, it is one of the weakest of the bunch.

Technical

The HD presentation is quite good here with exceptional contrast and dimension. The flashbacks of Hannibal as a child are usually quite cold, with stark whites and rich contrast. I loved these sequences from a visual standpoint. Later the film is a bit warmer and the Paris backdrop serves for some nice eye candy. Color saturation takes a step forward, and detail is still quite good.

The soundtrack is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. There is a scene in this film that exhibits probably the most impressive dynamic range I've ever heard in a film to date. It is a very short scene (and it will make you jump, I guarantee), but it left a lasting impression on my wife and I. The rest of the soundtrack is also quite good, with nice low bass response and ample use of the surround environment. Dialogue is imaged nicely in the front channels, and the balance is perfect. While I wouldn't call this a reference soundtrack, it never disappoints.

Extras

This release features a second disc that is a PAL DVD with SD extras in Polish.



"Eastern Promises" (HD DVD Hybrid)

Eastern PromisesSynopsis

Eastern Promises follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai, who is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna, an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution.

Specifications

    • Focus Features
      2007, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 41 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/French DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by David Cronenberg
    • Starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel
Rating
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  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Strong

Commentary

Cronenberg has been delivering some solid films these last few years and this is no exception. Probably one of the best I've seen this year in fact. Promises delivers a solid storyline that is both gripping and fierce. The acting is first rate and the pacing is perfect. Highly recommended.

Technical

A solid video presentation from Universal on this day-and-date release. Contrast and dimension are exceptional, resulting in an image that is quite impressive and full of depth. Fine object detail is excellent, and even medium to long shots are clearly resolved. Colors are a tad on the stylistic side, but saturation is natural and lends to the bleak image style. Compression is never an issue, and I didn't see any digital artifacts. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack is also quite good and very dynamic. This isn't an action film but it delivers in atmosphere when needed. Surrounds are used nicely and give the soundtrack a very spatial quality, with some nice discrete sound effects and ambience. Dialogue is balanced nicely with the main track, and imaging overall is dead on.

Extras

Extras include some HD production features including a look at the tattoo's of the film and their roots and established place in Russian crime. This disc is also web-enabled and offers end users a chance to download trailers and scenes from other Universal films.



"Harry Potter Giftset Years 1-5" (Blu-ray)

Harry Potter Giftset Years 1-5Synopsis

The Harry Potter Limited Edition Giftset includes Harry Potter's Years 1-5, a Harry Potter DVD game "Hogwarts Challenge", along with a bonus disc containing over two hours of enhanced content, an exclusive "Harry Potter's Bookmark Collection", and collectible trading cards.

Specifications

    • Warner Bros.
      2007, Color, Rated PG/PG-13, 750 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English PCM 5.1
    • Various DD 5.1
    • Directed by Various
    • Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This is easily one of the best HD collections to hit shelves yet. The entire Harry Potter collection is presented (finally) in HD and comes in a small mock travel case along with a host of other goodies. I've been a fan of the films and books for a long time now and heard whispers about their release since HD DVD premiered. Warner has done an amazing job bringing these books to life on the big screen and every drop of it can be seen in this collection. A must own for any fan!

Technical

Harry Potter has always been one of the films that Warner seems to take care of more than most. Given how much money each film has grossed and the popularity of the series, it's no surprise. All of the HD presentations here are excellent, with only a few blemishes holding them back from a 5 star rating. The first two films are probably the weakest of the bunch in terms of visual style. Both are shot with a very natural film look. Contrast can be slightly lacking with elevated black levels and at times a slightly flat appearance. Detail is still quite good though.

The series really comes to a new threshold visually with the third film, which may be the best looking of all of them. Contrast takes a big turn for the better, with deep blacks and sensational dimension. Fine detail is exceptional, and the image is almost completely devoid of any issues. This continues through the fourth and fifth years, with only minor issues popping up on occasion. I saw some aliasing in Prisoner of Azkaban, slight macro-blocking in Goblet of Fire and occasional softness in the newest film. It looks like Warner may have re-encoded Goblet since the UK release almost a year ago. Most of the blocking in the opening sequences is gone, but there are still some minor artifacts seen. Still one of the best looking collections out there!

Sound design in each film is exceptional, and all of the films are presented in uncompressed PCM 5.1 (I only received the Blu-ray release for my review). These films take full advantage of the surround soundstage with great panning effects and some of the best discrete usage I've heard to date. Using PLIIx processing will work nicely for those with a 7.1 system. Bass response is exceptional, with nice tactile presence and plenty of clean tight low and mid-bass. Balance throughout the series is impeccable, from the score to the dialogue to the sound design, all of these are worthy of demonstration with some highlights of course.

Extras

The box set includes all of the same extras you'll find on the individual releases of each film, plus some other goodies. Each film includes a load of great supplements such as deleted scenes/alternate scenes, interviews, production features, and trailers. Most of the content on the new release (Order of the Phoenix) is in HD. On top of that, the box set includes a Harry Potter PC game, collection of bookmarks, trading cards, an additional DVD with more behind the scenes footage, and each film has a custom case that looks like a book. This is by far the definitive collection for the films.



"Blade Runner" (Blu-ray)

Blade RunnerSynopsis

In a signature role as 21st-century detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings his masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, Deckard hunts for fugitive, murderous replicants - and is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul.

Specifications

    • Warner Brothers
      1982, Color
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/French DD 5.1
    • Directed by Ridley Scott
    • Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This is a film lovers dream come true. Warner has been talking about a special edition of this film for as long as I can remember and the last time we saw this on a shiny disc is when DVD debuted with a mediocre Director's Cut edition that pales in comparison to this.

The fact that Warner has included five different versions of the film and more production features than you can imagine gives this release my highest recommendation. If only every film got this type of release! The original movie was released in 1982 and has gone through major fixes for this update, including repaired special effects.

Technical

I was lucky enough to see this at the Cinerama theater in Seattle a few weeks before the HD release. It was my first chance to see the new Final Cut and have a reference for comparison to this new HD transfer. I must say this presentation was far more impressive than what I saw at the Cinerama and one of the best HD presentations I've seen from a catalog release. You can tell that Warner went through some pain staking effort to get the film looking this good. Contrast is exceptional and probably the biggest improvement that I saw from the film print, which was a bit washed out in comparison. Detail is in line with the better HD transfers we have out there today, but the presentation still has a genuine film look to it. The special effects still hold up wonderfully (Warner actually updated some of the effects), and the color balance of the new final cut is exceptional. While Warner does include four other cuts in this release, all in HD, the Final Cut is by far the best looking one, and the best of the cuts in my humble opinion. Bravo to Warner on a sensational job.

I honestly was not prepared for how good this disc sounds. The Final Cut gets a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD mix that is leaps and bounds over any presentation I've heard of this film before. The soundtrack has been retooled a bit and it shows. There is great use of the surround environment and some very cool pans and discrete surround usage. I thought it sounded great at the Cinerama, but it sounded even better in my home theater. Dialogue is clean, with great timbre and none of the annoying grating that I hear so much from older films. Bass response is tremendous with superb tactile effects and tight mid-bass. Overall a track that is demo worthy!

Extras

This five disc set is absolutely loaded with extras. As I mentioned before, there are no less than five versions of the film: The Final Cut, The Director's Cut, The Workprint, The Theatrical Cut, and the International Cut. There are also two discs worth of special features including interviews, production features, a look at the new cut and the effort that went into it, feature commentaries, and trailers. I can't imagine a fan of this film not owning this collection.



"Cast Away" (Blu-ray)

Cast AwaySynopsis

Discover an unforgettable journey of hope, courage, and survival. Tom Hanks stars as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends when a harrowing plane crash leaves him isolated on a remote island. As Chuck struggles to survive, he finds that his own personal journey has only begun . . .

Specifications

    • 20th Century Fox
      2000, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 24 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
    • Spanish/French DD 5.1
    • Directed by Robert Zemeckis
    • Starring Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Cast away is an emotional story of the unfortunate circumstances that lead a Fed Ex worker to a Christmas night plane crash in the heart of the Pacific.

What results is an almost five year isolation from the rest of the world on a tiny island with a prodigal volleyball as his only companion. This is truly a great movie that shows the hope and determination of one man to overcome odds and harness his will to live. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous, and Tom Hanks' performance is brilliant.

Technical

The video presentation is a bit of a mixed bag. Detail wavers a bit, with longer shots looking a bit too soft and most foreground shots lacking the detail we've become accustomed to with HD presentations. The print definitely shows some wear, and as a result some fine detail is lost. Colors are a bit on the muted side, and even contrast comes up a bit short at times. Dimensionality is good though, and depth of image is generally pretty decent. Given the great cinematography of this film, I was hoping for a bit more from the video presentation.

On the audio side, this release is superb. The range of this soundtrack is incredible, and some of the more exciting scenes will put your system to the test. Bass response is terrific, with deep, deep penetrating sounds that fill the room entirely and will give your floor lots of shake. Surrounds are used aggressively and do an outstanding job in the more demanding scenes, but an equally good job in providing a rich atmosphere when needed. Dialogue is clean and balanced nicely, and the front soundstage is quite open. A great audio presentation on this one.

Extras

Extras include a feature commentary, trivia track, and the trailer.



"High School Musical 2" (Blu-ray)

High School Musical 2Synopsis

The East High Wildcats are gearing up for big fun as they land the coolest summer jobs imaginable. Troy, Gabriella, Chad, and Taylor have scored sweet gigs at the Lava Springs Country Club owned by Sharpay and Ryan's family. Sharpay's first rule of business: Get Troy. As Troy experiences a life of privilege he's never known, will he give up the Wildcats and Gabriella to rise to the top?

Specifications

    • Walt Disney
      2007, Color, Rated TV G, 1 hr 51 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • 1080p
    • English PCM 5.1
    • English/French/Spanish DD 5.1
    • Directed by Kenny Ortega
    • Starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I think it's safe to say that this film was definitely not made for someone like me. If I had a pre-teen daughter maybe, but not for a guy in his thirties. This bubble gum piece is pretty brainless, and the plot moves along just enough to get to the next musical number. It isn't horrible, but it isn't anything I'd watch again, unless I lost a bet. If your kids are in to it, pick it up and support the format. If not, I'd skip past it on the shelf.

Technical

My four-year-old daughter watches a lot of Playhouse Disney, and I generally like their shows. Disney is big on bright colors, and this movie is in line with everything else I've seen on that channel. Detail is quite good, with fine object visibility coming off as gorgeous. Longer shots don't fare quite as well though, and some backgrounds look almost artificial compared to the foreground. Colors are overdriven a bit and some bleeding is noticed. I never thought pinks and oranges could look this "poppy" but somehow Disney has managed it. Really this is a great looking HD presentation, I just don't know why you'd want to watch it!

The PCM 5.1 soundtrack is more than this one deserves. I didn't like the musical numbers (though my in-laws did!), but they do a great job of filling the soundstage. Dynamics are good, but not reference.

You can tell this was done as a TV movie and not a theatrical presentation. Dialogue sounds natural enough and is integrated with the rest of the soundtrack pretty well. For what it is, it sounds fine.

Extras

Disney has included some pretty solid extras for a family release like this. There is a karaoke sing along track that will probably have your daughters loving you, extended scenes and production features. While not much the extras are geared to who would like this film the most, the younger crowd.



"Old School" (HD DVD)

Old SchoolSynopsis
What's a guy supposed to do when he catches the early flight home and finds his girlfriend in bed with a room full of naked strangers? Return to college and start a fraternity! Before you can say "wild and wet wrestling, "Frank, the Tank", Mitch, and Beanie have their own frat raging with out-of-control antics. But when things get too wild, the dean sets out to shut them down.

Specifications

    • Dreamworks
      2003, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 31 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English/French/Spanish DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Todd Phillips
    • Starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Ah the fun of reliving the glory days. Nothing like a bunch of older guys trying to ignore the sorrow of their home life by escaping to the college campus and partying it up! Old School is fun but ultimately not that great of a film. It follows in a long line of college comedies that have their moments but ultimately leave me wanting in the end.

Technical

For some reason, I didn't think this one was going to look that good in HD. I don't know why though. Thankfully that is not the case. The HD transfer is actually quite good, with no glaring edge enhancement or obvious noise reduction.

Dimensionality is quite good, and fine detail is abundant. Contrast is lacking a bit, but the image has a very natural film like look to it. Colors are very natural, with no exaggeration at all. Overall, a very good HD transfer.

The audio presentation was also better than I was expecting. Presence can be quite good at times with a very open front soundstage and imaging. Dynamics aren't quite as good as I was hoping for, but some of the music in the film amps things up a bit. I was surprised how convincing the soundstage could seem at times though. Like the video presentation, a welcome surprise!

The uncompressed PCM mix is pretty dry as well. This is a comedy, so I wasn't expecting much to begin with. Dialogue sounds good and balance is solid, so I don't have too much to complain about. There isn't much in terms of dynamics, but I wouldn't expect much given the genre. The soundtrack adds some nice dimension at times, but again nothing too thrilling. A run of the mill soundtrack for this type of film.

Extras

Extras are pretty much the same as the special edition DVD. The only HD extra is the theatrical trailer. You also get a feature commentary, lots of deleted scenes, some spoofs, bloopers, and some TV spots.



"The Kingdom" (Blu-ray/HD DVD)

The KingdomSynopsis
Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman ignite the screen in this high-intensity thriller about a team of elite FBI agents sent to Saudi Arabia to solve a brutal mass murder and find a killer before he strikes again. Out of their element and under heavy fire, the team must join forces with their Saudi counterparts. As these unlikely allies begin to unlock the secrets of the crime scene, the team is led into a heart-stopping, do-or-die confrontation.

Specifications

    • Universal
      2007, Color, Rated R, 1 hour 50 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • 1080p
    • English/French DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Peter Berg
    • Starring amie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven, Danny Huston
Rating
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  • Violence: Strong
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I saw this at the theaters during a special sneak peek and enjoyed it immensely. I am surprised it didn't go on to do better at the box office, but I understand this isn't a very popular subject right now. Despite being directed by Peter Berg it reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's work, who serves as one of the producers of the film. The story is riveting and the acting is excellent. The action scenes are extremely intense, and I never once found myself bored or not entertained. If you didn't get the chance to see this in theaters, you really should give this a chance on HD DVD.

Technical

Universal delivers a solid HD presentation. This is a stylized piece, but it looks outstanding. Contrast is exaggerated a bit but adds a lot of dimension to the image and helps with color rendition. Blacks are solid, with great shadow detail and no blocking. Fine object detail is exceptional and even longer shots are tightly focused. Depth of image is always strong.

Like the recent Bourne film, the image has a quality that makes you feel like you're in the moment and not just watching something on a screen. A phenomenal job by Universal here.

Originally this film was announced as having a Dolby TrueHD lossless soundtrack, but the disc only includes a 24-bit Dolby Digital Plus mix. But don't let that fool you, this is still a wonderful track that is both engaging and immersive. Bass response is incredible with excellent use of the LFE channel and serious tactile response. The gun fights in this film really draw you in and have some of the best dynamics I've heard lately. The soundstage is very open and spatial, with great discrete surround use and atmosphere. Dialogue is always natural in tone and presence. A reference soundtrack presentation.

Extras

Universal has given this one the full treatment. The hybrid HD DVD release features Universal's "U-Control" interactive suite that lets you enable features while you watch the film. This includes notes and info on the region, government and religions of the Middle East, interviews, commentary, and a pretty cool multi-view selection during the shootout near the end of the film that allows you to look at different perspectives of the shot. The disc also includes deleted scenes in HD, production features, a look at the history of the region, and a feature commentary. It's also web-enabled, allowing you to connect to Universal's web space and download more content such as trailers and featurettes.



"Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour" (Blu-ray)

Shakira: Oral Fixation TourSynopsis
After wrapping up her world-wide sold out Oral Fixation Tour, Shakira is back with the Live Concert Blu-ray. Shakira delivers all of her smashes, such as "La Tortura" (featuring Alejandro Sanz), "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean), "Whenever, Wherever", and "Underneath Your Clothes."

Specifications

    • Sony BMG/Epic
      2007, Color, Unrated, 2 hours
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • 1080p
    • English/Spanish Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/Spanish PCM 5.1/2.0
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I can't say that I'm a big fan of Shakira, and until receiving this disc I'd only heard a few of her more popular tracks on the radio. This disc is her concert in Miami and is quite the production. Most of the songs are sung in Spanish so I had a hard time following, but I enjoyed the production value and music overall.

The concert also has some special guests. Fans of Shakira will probably love this as it is a great concert disc and one of the better productions I've seen in HD so far.

Technical

This may be the best looking concert video I've seen yet on any HD format. I was really impressed with Sony's recent Dave Matthews release on Blu-ray, but this one may go one step further. Considering how much is going on during this concert, including lighting and confetti, I'm amazed that there is an utter lack of compression artifacts. I was expecting some macro-blocking and banding but didn't really see any.

Colors are vivid, and detail is outstanding. Depth of image with the crowd is sensational, and fine detail of the artists is impeccable. Sony has truly delivered one of the best HD concert presentations I've seen yet with this one.

The soundtrack is delivered in both lossless Dolby TrueHD and uncompressed PCM. While both are quite good, they aren't quite as impressive as the Dave Matthews release in terms of dynamics and spatial quality. Shakira can sing better than I would have expected live though. Most of the more pop influenced artists these days don't sound very good live, but she sounds almost identical to the stuff I've heard on the radio. The balance of her singing, the band, and the crowd is excellent, and thankfully there wasn't any distracting hard pans to any instruments or vocals. I just thought that the dynamics of the instruments could have been a touch better.

Extras

This is a two-disc set. Disc two is a CD with six tracks from the performance included. The main disc has two documentaries of the tour, a video clip, two more live performances, and a photo gallery in HD.