This concert arrives on blu ray with MPEC-4 AVC 1080i 1.78:1 encode. This concert was taped at Madison Square Garden on February 21 and 22, 2011. It was broadcast as a two-hour HBO Special on May 7, 2011, a day after Gaga's last date of The Monster Tour. I have a little trepidation about its quality because it was a television special. But when I watched the show in my 12 foot wide screen home theatre, my fear was totally misplaced.
The quality is excellent, with good details (e.g., you can see the little hole on her net stocking on her left inner thigh during her monologue following the song Lovegame, and a bigger one on her right bump in the song You And I, plus all her tattoos) and great colours (e.g., red gown she wore during The Fame, and her yellow-green wig both very striking). Between songs and her change of costumes, it was in black and white...just to be a little different. (4.5/5)
The Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround was equally exciting with clear dialogue and singing. The drum beat was very tight and contagious. The entire concert was totally enjoyable from audio point of view. (4.5/5)
The contents of the concert were very fulfilling...all the hits are there. For such a young age, Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) really has a tremendous stage presence. Her voice was pure and sweet. The songs were very well done, both in singing and dancing. Of course, Lady Gaga was her usual outrageous self, but she was very comfortable on stage, controlling the entire audience. The use of a cell-phone ringing and Lady Gaga answered: "Hi, Beyonce..." to introduce the song Telephone was quite ingenius.
One very good thing about this disc was the inclusion of the song lyrics...a highly recommended thing for older folks like me and my wife. Speaking of my wife, she also enjoyed it and actually sat through the entire concert. Part of the reason was her familiarity of her songs because many of them were used for line dancing (e.g., Just Dance (line dance title: Lady Gaga), Poker Face (Poker Face), Lovegame (Lovegame), Telephone (Kinda Busy), Teeth (No Salvation) and Paparazzi (Paparazzi).
This concert was filmed during the initial release of Born This Way CD. Two songs from Born This Way were included in this concert: You And I and of course Born This Way, as the finale. Otherwise, imagine if her more recent singles were included, such as Judas, The Edge Of Glory, Americano and Marry The Night, this concert would have been more perfect. But still, it was a totally enjoyable concert. And this is the only Lady Gaga blu ray concert disc available. Highly recommended. (5+/5)
I am also looking forward to other blu ray concerts by Adele (November 29), Taylor Swift (Speak Now blu ray November 29), Shakira (En Vivo Desde Paris blu ray December 5), Britney Spears blu ray (Dec 2) and Kylie Minogue (Aphrodite Tour blu ray) November 28 (cheaper at Amazon.co.uk).
Dance In The Dark (The Fame Monster)
Glitter And Grease
Just Dance (The Fame)
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich (The Fame)
The Fame (The Fame)
Lovegame (The Fame)
Boys Boys Boys (The Fame)
Money Honey (The Fame)
Telephone (The Fame Monster)
Speechless (The Fame Monster)
You And I (Born This Way)
So Happy I Could Die (The Fame Monster)
Monster (The Fame Monster)
Teeth (The Fame Monster)
Alejandro (The Fame Monster)
Poker Face (The Fame)
Paparazzi (The Fame)
Bad Romance (The Fame Monster)
Born This Way (Born This Way)
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