Saturday, February 16, 2008

Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow Blu-ray Review

Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveShow: Live From Madison Square Garden comes to Blu-ray exclusively from Best Buy. The concert itself was pretty good, but I can see why people wouldn’t like it. It’s not anywhere near the Beyonce experience as far as variety, but there is still quite a bit to love about the concert. Justin Timberlake really had success with his album FutureSex/LoveSounds in the past year and a half and he performs all the favorites from both of his albums. The show includes:

Opening Conversation
Like I Love You
My Love
Sexy Ladies
Until The End Of Time
What Goes Around...Comes Around
Chop Me Up
Intermission - JT & Timbaland
Rock Your Body
Gone (Medley)
Take It From Here (Medley)
Last Night (Medley)
Damn Girl
Summer Love
Losing My Way
Cry Me A River
(Another Song) All Over Again
Goodnights & Credits
The concert was overall enjoyable, and I’m not much of a fan. The dances are awesome, the crowd is filled with energy, and Mr. Timberlake’s energetic personality is always shown in this concert.

A 1080p VC-1 transfer makes this one good looking Blu-ray disc. It’s not as impressive as previous concert releases such as Destiny’s Child: Live From Atlanta or Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour, but it is still quite good looking The black levels aren’t as impressive, but not a fault of the Blu-ray disc, but more of the lighting and setting of the actual concert. The concert tends to have a pretty constant red or purple lighting setup, creating a loss of detail. It may sound like it has a lot going against it, but it really isn’t much. The concert is still very impressive with superb detail whenever it is possible. There really isn’t much to knock the Blu-ray release for as it is quite an improvement over the DVD. 8/10

PCM (Uncompressed) Stereo and 5.1 Surrounds Soundtracks are available as well as Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The concert sounds great, and is really immersive. Everything is nice and clear and brought a lot to the concert you wouldn’t get with just a standard DVD, it really is as close as I could imagine being there, it definitely is impressive to say the least. 9/10

Extras are included on a bonus DVD disc:
The Making of FutureSex/LoveShow
Open Mic
1 On 1 With JT
Under The Stage
Bonus Video Track: Lovestoned - Justice Re-Mix
DVD Credits
They were all pretty neat, it showed the entire concept of the concert as well as all the work it took to get the concert done. Pretty decent extras, if only they were on Blu-ray and not DVD. 6/10

Final Thoughts:
If you’re a fan of Justin Timberlake or high def concerts, you will definitely enjoy Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveShow. The video looks great, the audio is fantastic, and the extras are pretty neat as well, and for 19.99 exclusively at Best Buy you can’t go wrong. Overall Rating: Recommended

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