This blu-ray is a must for Pretenders fans. I'm giving it five stars because of the quality of the band's performance and of the video and sound. I could ding it for the lack of extras, but that wouldn't be fair to the band.
Buoyed by an appreciative audience, Chrissie Hynde seems to really be enjoying herself and it shows in her performance. She runs a tight ship. They sound at least as good as they did in the 80's and maybe even better. As one reviewer pointed out, they do seem a little lax (actually he said a little too lax), but that's not necessarily a bad thing. They are older, after all. I'd rather see them being who they are than trying to be something they aren't.
* Video quality: Great! I put this one in just to remind me how good my high definition t.v. can look when given something
great to show.
* Sound quality: Sounds great through my Yamaha 673 receiver.
* Track list: Pretty sharp. Standout tracks include You Know Who Your Friends Are, Message Of Love, Talk of the
Town, Precious, I'll Stand By You, and a blazing rendition of My City Was Gone.
* The blu-ray menu: This sounds trivial, but when you put this blu-ray in, it's ready to go. Great menu access, no
copyright warnings, it drops you right in. On their other blu-ray Pretenders: Live In London, whenever I turn it off and
back on, there's two copyright warnings and the disc menu is kind of clunky.
* A few key Pretenders songs are missing such as Rosalee, I Go To Sleep, Break Up the Concrete, Boots of Chinese Plastic, and Stop Your Sobbing (one of my personal favorites). But that's o.k, because you can get those on the also-excellent blu-ray Pretenders: Live In London.
* The cameraman gives a lot of attention to the lead singer and lead guitarist, but not enough to the drummer. That's a shame, because he happens to be one of the best in the business.
* Bonus features: There's not much in the bonus features. This is also true for Pretenders: Live In London.
* Language: A minor amount of the banter between songs contains some unnecessary profanity. It crops up only a few times during the concert, but if you've got someone in your family you don't want learning the "f" word, be prepared to hit the mute button during "My City Was Gone". It's a shame, too, because it actually detracts from an otherwise great performance.
* More switching from camera to camera than "Live In London". Guess I'm getting old, but I like it when the camera lingers a little for some longer shots. A minor gripe, though, for an otherwise excellent production.
Speaking of Pretenders: Live In London, what's the difference between it and Loose In L.A. and which should you buy? If you can, buy both. They are very complimentary of one another and help make a more "complete" picture of the Pretenders' song catalog. There are, however, major differences in the performance. Live In London is much "rougher", from outfits to the lead guitarist and bassist, to the way the songs are played. It has a much less polished feel to it. Live In London does a better job filming the drummer on the song "Middle of the Road". Both blu-rays are well-worth the money.