Sunday, May 23, 2010

Celine: Through the Eyes of the World Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 38.2 GB
Film Size: 37.7 GB
Region: ABC
The Video
Celine: Through the Eyes of the World comes to Blu-ray with a 1080i AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The documentary concert film looks great in high-definition and if you have seen a concert on Blu-ray, you probably have a good imagination of what to expect.

While the cameras clearly aren’t the quality of those used to shoot a major motion picture, they are quite great, capturing plenty of detail throughout. The film features plenty of concert footage, but plenty of non-concert footage as well which is great.

Colors on the release are strong, vivid and really keep the presentation popping. Detail is also great and much improved from the DVD release (Which I also received to compare), but think concert detail and not film detail. The images provided in the review don’t give the presentation justice and look much better in motion.

Overall I was very impressed by the video presentation. The video isn’t demo level material, but it still features so much to love and impress even the most casual of viewers. Those planning on sticking with the cheap DVD are definitely missing out as the presentation looks MUCH better in high-definition. 9/10.

The Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track and 2.0 PCM audio track are included. Optional subtitles include English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Thai.

As mentioned, the film is a mix of both concert footage and behind-the-scenes/personal life footage. When a concert scene takes place, the film’s surround speakers definitely wake up and engage the viewers with an undeniable high quality and often good surround use moments.

During behind-the-scenes footage surround use takes a step back, but is present from time to time. However, the quality of dialogue captured and the effects surrounding definitely come through about as clear as one could expect. I never found anything difficult to understand and nothing ever felt overpowered.

The audio mix really is well balanced and I was honestly impressed by that. Celine Dion has her Las Vegas show ‘A New Day’ on Blu-ray which does sound even better, but having an exclusive arena to perform in every night probably helped as they obviously have the best to work with there.

The mix definitely does its job (and well). I can’t say the concert is reference material, but I don’t think many viewers or audiophiles will find themselves disappointed by the 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio mix included. 9/10.

The Extras

There are no extras included. 0/10.

The Concert Film
Celine: Through the Eyes of the World is part concert, part documentary film. We follow Celine as she travels to places all over the world as well as see her perform all over the world. Whether you love Celine Dion or absolutely hate Celine Dion, there is no denying her world-wide appeal and amazing vocal talent.

The documentary portion of the concert is surprisingly engaging and informative as we see her interact with the people of different countries. We really see her at her best and her worst, happiness, sadness, excited and exhausted.

We see how big of an artist she is all over the world as she fills up stadium after stadium. We go behind-the-scenes of her preparation for a concert as well as other non-concert related events. We see her dedication to her fans, signing as many autographs as she can before leaving her hotel or leaving a store.

We see what a genuine person Celine Dion is, not caring about what the cameras capture. We see her without makeup quite often looking pretty awful, but that doesn’t seem to matter to her. While the woman does come off as creepy at times, she is who she is and I respect that.

The only downfall I would have about the documentary/concert film is the length which comes close to the three hour mark. Celine Dion has a voice which I think is phenomenal, but ballad after ballad can get old especially for those who aren’t the biggest of fans.

Fans of the singer will find much to love about this concert release as she includes fan favorite numbers and a very fun behind-the-scenes look of her concert and life. Those who aren’t fans of the singer will likely find a lot to enjoy about the film as well actually, just fast forward through the music moments if it annoys you.

Overall I am very impressed with the high quality of the film, surpassing my expectations much more than I anticipated. This is very much like Michael Jackson’s This Is It, except they have much more material to work with. Unfortunately the runtime and a few dull ballads knock this one down just a bit, but I still found plenty to love about it. 9/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Celine Dion: Through the Eyes of the World is a great film that I think runs a bit too long. Regardless, the quality of the editing and footage is amazing throughout and definitely compares to that of Michael Jackson’s This Is It.

The Blu-ray release is great, featuring impressive video and audio presentations. The three hour film doesn’t have any bonus features, but all the behind-the-scenes footage you need is in the movie. Overall the Blu-ray release is a ‘Must Own’ for the fans and easily ‘Recommended’ to everyone else.

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