Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad Live Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 16.0 GB
Concert Size: 14.3 GB
Region: Free

Good Girl Gone Bad is presented with a 1080i AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation, which is most likely 1080i due to the equipment used to record the concert. That being said, the concert still looks quite impressive in high-def.

Colors were fantastic, and black levels were surprisingly solid for the majority of the concert. Detail also was quite impressive throughout, although some moments did look weaker than others. My biggest complaint is with the movement of the cameras themselves, there are so many quickshots and fast movements during these performances, it's actually quite distracting and affects the presentation in a way, with quick but quite evident blocking throughout.

Overall though, the issues are minor with this high-def release. It's not among the best high-def concerts on the format, but for what appears to be a one-night concert it's quite impressive and fans will definitely be pleased. I mean seriously, it's Rihanna in high-definition. 8/10.

5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 PCM audio tracks are included. I used the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, which is balanced nicely and creates a perfect concert environment. Rihanna's vocals stay within the front, while backup tracks expand to the surround with the music, as well as the audience.

The clarity of the vocals are fantastic, everything comes out clear and aggressive. Rihanna's vocals are far from the best, but this is definitely the best you will hear Rihanna vocals without actually seeing her in person.

I felt everything was mixed nicely, this is a concert release where you can crank up the volume and prepare to be impressed. The lossless mix definitely help's recreate the concert experience in your viewing room. There's not much to dislike about the audio presentation to say the least, and I can't imagine it sounding better. At the same time though, Celine Dion, John Mayer, and a few others slightly edge it out as far as demo material goes. 9/10.


Documentary (16:44) (SD)
There is an standard def documentary about Rihanna and her touring, follow her behind-the-scenes as she and her crew prepare for a concert, as well as what they do for fun while touring. It's short but entertaining, don't see how much more could have been added to the supplements besides a concert CD. 2/10.

Blu-news Summary
Rihanna is a performer that never reaches impressive album sales, yet always breaks records with hit single after single. To be honest I think it's because her singles are actually good, while the rest of the songs on her albums are mostly fillers and not anything special whatsoever.

The singer has had a rough year with the Chris Brown situation but has now returned to music with a new single and album coming this November. Her music style has definitely changed a bit, we'll see how that goes for her.

The concert release 'Good Girl Gone Bad Live' is shot in Manchester, and is strong for the most part. The concert is quite simple, there are effects thrown in once in a while, but nothing amazing like you would see at a Beyonce concert. The most exciting thing about the concert other than the songs themselves are Rihanna's interesting outfit selections, skin tight leather in many varieties that I'm sure any fan can appreciate.

If you are a fan of Rihanna, do yourself a favor and pick up this excellent priced Blu-ray release. If you aren't a fan, this concert won't change your mind about her whatsoever, but her outfits may have you pulling out your money right now. 7/10.

Overall this Blu-ray release is impressive, featuring good video, fantastic audio, and an interesting documentary. 'Highly Recommended' to fans, and 'Worth A Look' to all others.

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