The minute I saw that there was a concert performance of Rihanna's on dvd/blu-ray, I ordered it. I was a bit worried before watching it though, after seeing the track list- it doesn't have all of my favorites, and it has two songs of hers that I don't care for. But you know what? The rad-ness of this concert shot down all my worries, because what's not here doesn't matter, and what I don't like is now likable thanks to this concert. Here's the track list:
Introduction, Pon De Replay, Break It Off, Let Me, Rehab, Breakin' Dishes, Is This Love (Bob Marley cover), Kisses Don't Lie, Scratch, SOS, Good Girl Gone Bad, Hate That I Love You, Unfaithful, Sell Me Candy, DJ Kevmo/Don't Stop the Music, Push up on Me, Shut Up and Drive, Question Existing, Umbrella
I'll tell you right now- the majority of the tracks on here are given a rock/metal sound. The hip hop's still there, but the main focus is on electric guitar riffs and chords, and to tell you the truth, I really dig it. As much as I love the original tracks from her albums, the guitar gives them a fresh sound, and it's like you're hearing them for the first time all over again. Another surprise that shocked me was that Rihanna actually -sang- her songs rather than her half-talk half-sing that she usually does. It was great hearing her belt out some of the lyrics, and having some emotion and energy while moving around on stage. The girl can dance, and she keeps up with her dancers perfectly. There's really nothing bad I can say at all regarding the performance. Camera cuts didn't bother me for a change because they always go to a good angle, or focus on the band, or some of the pyro and special effects. This is a hell of a concert, and I can only imagine being there to see it live. The crowd is absolutely nuts, and you can't blame them.
Since I don't usually buy concert performances, I don't know what more there is to say. Fans of Rihanna will most likely enjoy the show, but I know some people were turned off by the guitar-driven music. My only complaint is a small one, and it has nothing to do with Rihanna, but with how many cuts there are to the crowd. It's good to show the crowd enjoying themselves, but there are A LOT of crowd shots, to the point where I was wishing they'd cut half of it so we could get more footage of Rihanna and the band. Especially when she does her wardrobe change into the classy dress that shows off those Chun-Li legs of hers. Good god, I stopped eating and my jaw dropped as soon as she walked out in that lil' number...
The video and audio quality of the blu-ray are flawless. If you have a 1080p/i tv, THIS is the music blu-ray to show it off with. Everything is sharp, and you could probably count every single spark from the stage effects if you wanted to. And if you've got a nice audio setup, again, this will give your speakers a nice workout. Heck, maybe you should get a home theater system just for this!
The special features are sparse though- there's just a short documentary about Rihanna going on tour with short interviews with her friends and crew. It's nothing special, but she explains why she performs one of her songs, and they also go into how Rihanna's a prankster, and it's better for her buddies to not mess with her. Watch your shoes if you play a prank on Rihanna.
While I would've liked her to sing Disturbia and a few other songs, I'm very happy with what's here, and hope that Rihanna puts out another performance like this on blu-ray soon. If you're a big fan of the queen of pop, buy this right now!