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Planes [Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
Planes [Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planes 2D (blu ray): top notched video/audio, but with bland story!, Dec 15 2013
VIDEO (2D):

Planes from Pixar/Disney flew onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. The transfer is pristine, with striking details and crisp edges. Colours are bright and vibrant, bathed in convincing light and shadow. Planes, being a spinoff from the beloved Cars series, may not be the prettiest Pixar sequel or spin-off, but it holds its own beautifully. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

Planes has a DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio lossless track. Dialogue is crystal clear and perfectly prioritized. Bass is adequate with every engine chug and roar, propeller drone, and dive-bomb attack, making the most of the adventure's every racing sequence. Racers zoom seamlessly from one channel to the next, with the soundfield suitably enveloping. This is an adequate soundtrack, but not outstanding. (4.5/5)

TRIVIA:

Planes has an estimated budget of $50 million, but was a complete disappointment at the box office, grossing only around $90 million, which is far less than $549 million (Cars 2) and $454 million (Cars 1).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, the Disney animated comedy. Although it was a major flop at the box office, Planes does have top notched video and audio. You also get some decent voice-acting from all involved, with random performers popping in throughout the film, including John Cleese, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cedric the Entertainer, and Val Kilmer. I enjoyed the movie, but somehow it lacks the emotional involvement that pulls our heart-string, like Despicable Me 1. This is a movie for the entire family. All the kids will love it. If you have a 3D TV set, the 3D version is preferred.

I hope this review is helpful to you.

Planes / Les Avions (Bilingual) [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
Planes / Les Avions (Bilingual) [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]
DVD ~ Jon Cryer
Price: CDN$ 39.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planes 3D (blu ray): top-notched video/audio, but with bland story! 3D version is preferred, Dec 15 2013
VIDEO (3D):

Planes from Pixar/Disney flew onto blu ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. This digital 3D picture is superb, with a naturally dimensional appearance that enhances the sense of depth and perspective. The dimensional quality plays well to define the various positions of the planes during the race. The occasional negative parallax out-of-screen instances enhance the thrills. The colours are bold and vibrant. Contrast is excellent, with bold blacks and delineated shadows. Resolution is excellent and fine detail is exhibited throughout. This is an engaging and fun 3D experience that will thrill the entire family. (5/5)

VIDEO (2D):

Planes from Pixar/Disney flew onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. The transfer is pristine, with striking details and crisp edges. Colours are bright and vibrant, bathed in convincing light and shadow. Planes, being a spinoff from the beloved Cars series, may not be the prettiest Pixar sequel or spin-off, but it holds its own beautifully. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

Planes has a DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio lossless track. Dialogue is crystal clear and perfectly prioritized. Bass is adequate with every engine chug and roar, propeller drone, and dive-bomb attack, making the most of the adventure's every racing sequence. Racers zoom seamlessly from one channel to the next, with the soundfield suitably enveloping. This is an adequate soundtrack, but not outstanding. (4.5/5)

TRIVIA:

Planes has an estimated budget of $50 million, but was a complete disappointment at the box office, grossing only around $90 million, which is far less than $549 million (Cars 2) and $454 million (Cars 1).

PACKAGING:

There is no 3D lenticular cover. The 3D BD-50 disc is stacked on top of the regular DVD disc. Common, Disney, a flipcase for each disc is not that much more expensive. There is absolutely nothing special in the packaging.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, the Disney animated comedy. Although it was a major flop at the box office, Planes does have top notched video and audio. You also get some decent voice-acting from all involved, with random performers popping in throughout the film, including John Cleese, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cedric the Entertainer, and Val Kilmer. I enjoyed the movie, but somehow it lacks the emotional involvement that pulls our heart-string, like Despicable Me 1. This is a movie for the entire family. All the kids will love it. The 3D version is preferred.

I hope this review is helpful to you.

Despicable Me 2 / Détestable moi 2 (Bilingual) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Ultraviolet]
Despicable Me 2 / Détestable moi 2 (Bilingual) [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Ultraviolet]
DVD ~ Steve Carell
Price: CDN$ 28.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars Despicable Me 2 (3D/2D): blu ray (not movie) review: great audio/video transfer; tons of laughter; 3D stunning, Dec 11 2013
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VIDEO (3D):

Despicable Me 2 (3D) arrives onto blu ray with MVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. Colours are vibrant and impeccably saturated. Contrast is dead on. Black levels are nice and inky, and detail is flawless. Edges are razor sharp. Textures are wonderfully refined. In 3D, the film is perhaps even more stunning. Inviting depth brings the cartoon hijinks of the sequel spilling out of the screen without resorting to distracting gimmicks, convincing dimensionality prevents the humans and minions from resembling cardboard cutouts, and the entire world extends into the distance nicely. (5/5)

VIDEO (2D):

Despicable Me 2 arrives onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The transfer is simply eye-popping, pristine and spectacular. Images are razor-sharp, from the hairs of various characters and the texture of clothing to the fine lines in the design of buildings. There is an extensive array of sumptuous colours. Primaries pulsate and dazzle while warm, vibrant secondary pastel hues energize every scene. Contrast is spot-on with crisp, brilliant whites, keeping every nook and cranny in sharp focus and plainly visible. Black levels are inky rich with excellent shadow delineation. (5/5)

AUDIO:

Despicable Me 2 comes with DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track, which was lively and energetic. The fidelity is excellent, with a great deal of warmth. Channel separation is very well-balanced with a variety of convincing off-screen effects, and vocals are distinct and intelligible in the center of the screen. Dynamic range is crisp and detailed, delivering superb clarity to the loudest sequences as well as to the quietest moments. There are many catchy songs written by Pharrell Williams, like "Just A Cloud Away", "Happy", and "Scream" (featuring Cee Lo Green). His two original songs from the first film were also reprised on the soundtrack - "Despicable Me" and "Fun, Fun, Fun". By the way, "Happy" has just hit Number 1 in the UK Top 100 Singles Chart during Christmas week. A rare feat! The Minions had 4 songs: “Another Irish Drinking Song”, “I Swear” (original version by All-4-One), “YMCA” (original version by the Village People) and “Ba Do Bleep.” These songs are simply hilarious! (My review of Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack is found elsewhere). (5/5)

TRIVIA:

Despicable Me 2 has an estimated budget of $76 million, but has a worldwide gross of $954 million, the top-grossing animated feature of 2013! It is only second to Toy Story 3 ($1027 million in 2010) in worldwide gross for animated feature!

PACKAGING:

This 3D set comes with a lenticular 3D front cover, and contains a 3D blu ray, 2D blu ray and a DVD, each housed in each individual flipcase, instead of cheaply stacking one on top of the another. Thank you, Universal.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

What made the original Despicable Me such an entertaining surprise in 2010 was its unpredictability. The story of a Bond-like super villain adopting three orphan girls as part of a larger scheme to steal the moon offers just enough twist and turns to make the heart-warming conclusion somewhat unexpected. In this follow-up, much of that unpredictability seems to have vanished, along with some of its charm. It's not a complete loss, but it doesn't quite have the same enthusiasm, or capture the same appeal of its predecessor. Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud still manage to deliver plenty of expected laughter and silliness in Gru's adventure of balancing parenthood and a new career as a spy working for the good guys. As in the previous film, those little, yellow, pill-shaped Minions are a major source of merriment, pulling triple duty as house cleaners, babysitters, and makers of experimental fruit jelly. Various cultural jabs and visual gags -- very obscure references to Isaac of 'The Love Boat' and 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' are particularly hilarious. The 3 Mini-Movies in the Special Features are equally hilarious! Although Despicable Me 2 is not as magical as its predecessor, this is still a fun movie, with great video and audio. If you like Despicable Me, you have to watch the sequel. I bought the 3D version because I am collecting 3D blockbuster releases. While 3D version is more immersive and stunning, if you don’t have a 3D player and TV, the 2D version is also outstanding. This 3D set is highly recommended.

I hope this review is helpful to you.

UPDATE (January 24, 2014):

So far, besides the top grossing animated feature of 2013, Despicable Me 2 is also the Top Grossing Movie of 2013, beating out The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In addition, the song Happy by Pharrell Williams from this movie is enjoying a three week stay atop the UK Top Singles Chart. This song is also nominated for an Oscar as Best Original Song. Fantastic achievement!! I can really smell a Despicable Me 3 coming in the near future!

Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital] (Bilingual)
Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Julie Andrews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Poppins (50th Anniversary Edition blu ray): Great movie, great songs, great video and audio – great for the whole family!, Dec 10 2013
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VIDEO:

Mary Poppins pops onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.66:1 encode. The digital restoration by Disney is simply fantastic. Grain levels are intact and filmic. Colour reproduction is bright, bold, and accurate - especially the fanciful cartoon sequences. Contrast is dynamic and blacks are inky. Image resolution and details are excellent. Human faces and other clothing textures are impressive. You'll see individual hair follicles, wrinkles, and even makeup effects on the Senior Mr. Dawes. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

Mary Poppins dances and sings its way onto blu ray with a robust English 7.1 DTS-HD MA sound mix. Dialogue is crystal clear and neatly prioritized at all times; effects are crisp and mischievous; and Richard and Robert Sherman's unforgettable songs have quite simply never sounded better, fuller or more engaging. Dynamic range is just average. There are even a few wonderful moments, like exploding fireworks during Step in Time, where all nine channels spring to life with active, almost-aggressive panning, and my two subwoofers thundered. (4.5/5)

TRIVIA:

In 1965, out of 13 nominations, Mary Poppins won 5 Oscars: Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Film Editing, Best Special Visual Effects, Best Original Song (Chim Chim Cher-ee), and Best Original Score (Richard and Robert Sherman). It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Colour Cinematography, Best Set Direction – Colour, Best Costume, Best Sound and Best Music Score.

Mary Poppins has an estimated budget of $6 million, but grossed $102 million, which is phenomenal by today’s standards.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Mary Poppins is a top tier catalog title we've been long waiting to see on blu ray. Thanks to the film's 50th Anniversary and the biopic about the project's development, Saving Mr. Banks, the wait is finally over. The classic live action/musical/animated picture features a stunning video transfer and a lovely multi-channel sound mix. It is a totally enjoyable movie for the entire family. You will sing along with such classics, as Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (I hope I spell it correctly), Feed The Birds and Step in Time. This set is way superior to the 40th Anniversary DVD release, and is highly recommended.

I hope my review is helpful to you.

The 50th Anniversary Tour
The 50th Anniversary Tour
Price: CDN$ 16.63
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beach Boys Live 50th Anniversary Tour (2CDs): ENTIRE concert (41 songs & 124 minutes) with great sound & good vibrations!, Dec 7 2013
HISTORY:

The original Beach Boys consisted of brothers Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson, with their cousins Mike Love and Al Jardine. They were known in high school as Kenny & The Cadets, Carl & The Passions, then The Pendletones. The Beach Boys ignited the surf-rock craze. Al Jardine was replaced by David Marks from 1962 to 1963. Brian quit touring with group in December 1964, replaced briefly by Glen Campbell, until Bruce Johnston joined permanently in April 1965. Brian continued to write for and produce group, and returned to stage in 1983. Daryl Dragon (of Captain and Tennille) was a keyboardist in their stage band. Dennis Wilson drowned on December 28, 1983 at age 39. Brian, Mike, Alan and Bruce continued to perform. John Stamos joined briefly in 1992. Carl Wilson died of cancer on February 6, 1998 at age 51. Brian Wilson’s daughters, Carnie and Wendy Wilson formed the group Wilson Phillips.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Beach Boys were enrolled into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and were awarded Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement in 2001. They have 62 charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100, with four Number 1 hits (I Get Around, Help Me, Rhonda, Good Vibrations and Kokomo). On Billboard 200 Album Chart, they have an amazing 51 charted albums, with Endless Summer and Beach Boys in Concert both reaching number 1. Their latest album release this year, That’s Why God Made the Radio, reached Number 3! Their most memorable video appearance got to be that in the T.A.M.I. show with their vertical white and blue stripes. Please note that the T.A.M.I. show including the lost Beach Boys footage is now available on DVD. Please read my review of this set separately.

DISC CONTENTS:

To commemorate their 50th anniversary as one of America's most beloved and chart-topping bands, The Beach Boys launched a triumphant 2012 reunion that has earned them massive critical accolades. This disc captured the moments of the surviving members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks and Bruce Johnston gathered earlier this year for an emotional reunion in Los Angeles to record their first album of new material in 20 years, to reflect on their remarkable history, and to kick off a worldwide tour.

Unlike the recently released 50th Anniversary Tour concert on blu ray (my review elsewhere), when only 21 songs were featured, this 2 CDs captured the entire concert with 41 songs. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a complete song listing (with chart position & year, source of albums & personal comments), which is as follows:

Disc 1:
01 Do It Again (US 20/1968; UK 1/1968)*from album 20/20
02 Little Honda (US 65/1964)*b-side of Wendy; from album All Summer Long
03 Catch A Wave (album track, 1963)*from album Surfer Girl
04 Hawaii (album track, 1963)*from album Surfer Girl; trivia: original track featured Hal Blaine on drums instead of Dennis Wilson
05 Don’t Back Down (album track, 1964)*from album All Summer Long
06 Surfin’ Safari (US 14/1962)*from album Surfin’ Safari
07 Surfer Girl (US 7/1963)*from album Surfin’ Safari
08 The Little Girl I Once Knew (album track, 1965)*from album Best of Beach Boys Volume 3
09 Wendy (US 44/1964)*from album All Summer Long
10 Getcha Back (US 26/1985; AC 2/1985; UK 97/1985)*released on album The Beach Boys
11 Then I Kissed Her (UK 4/1967)*from album Summer Days (And Summer Nights)
12 Marcella (US 110/1972)*from album So Tough by Carl and the Passion
13 Isn’t It Time (uncharted single, 2012)*from album That’s Why God Made The Radio
14 Why Do Fools Fall In Love (US 120/1964)(b-side to Fun Fun Fun)*from album Shut Down, Volume 2
15 When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)(US 9/1964; UK 27/1964)*from album Beach Boys Today
16 Disney Girls (album track, 1971)*from album Surf’s Up; written and sung by Bruce Johnston; covered by Art Garfunkel, Jack Jones & Cass Elliot
17 Be True To Your School (US 6/1963)(b-side to Little Deuce Coupe)*from album Little Deuce Coupe
18 Little Deuce Coupe (US 15/1963)*from album Little Deuce Coupe
19 409 (US 76/1962)(b-side to Surfin’ Safari)*from album Surfin’ Safari
20 Shut Down (US 23/1963)(b-side to Surfin’ U.S.A.)*from album Surfin’ Safari
21 I Get Around (US 1/1964; UK 7/1964)*from album All Summer Long; Beach Boys’ 1st Number 1 single in U.S.

Disc 2:
01 Pet Sounds (album track, 1966)*from album Pet Sounds
02 Add Some Music To Your Day (US 64/1970)*from album Sunflower
03 Heroes And Villains (US 12/1967; UK 8/1967)*from album Smiley Smile
04 Sail On, Sailor (US 49/1973)*from album Holland
05 California Saga: California (US 84/1973)*from album Holland
06 In My Room (US 23/1963)(b-side to Be True To Your School)*from album Little Deuce Coupe
07 All This Is That (album track, 1972)*from album So Tough by Carl and the Passion
08 That’s Why God Made The Radio (AC 30/2012)*from album That’s Why God Made The Radio
09 Forever (album track, 1970)*from album Sunflower; written and originally performed by Dennis Wilson
10 God Only Knows (US 39/1966)*from album Pet Sounds; original sung by Carl Wilson
11 Sloop John B (US 3/1966; UK 2/1966)*from album Pet Sounds
12 Wouldn’t It Be Nice (US 8/1966)*from album Pet Sounds
13 Good Vibrations (US 1/1966; UK 1/1966)*from album Smiley Smile; 3rd Number 1 Hit in U.S.
14 California Girls (US 3/1965; UK 26/1965)*from album Summer Days (And Summer Nights)
15 Help Me, Rhonda (US 1/1965; UK 27/1965)*from album Beach Boys Today; Beach Boys’ 2nd Number 1 single in U.S.
16 Rock And Roll Music (US 5/1976)*from album 15 Big Ones
17 Surfin’ U.S.A. (US 3/1963; UK 27/1963)*from album Surfin’ U.S.A.
18 Kokomo (US 1/1988; AC 8/1988; UK 25/1988)*from soundtrack album Cocktail; Beach Boys’ 4th and final Number 1 single
19 Barbara Ann (US 2/1966; UK 3/1966)*originally from album Beach Boys’ Party!, later included in Hawthorne, CA
20 Fun, Fun, Fun (US 5/1964)*from album Shut Down, Volume 2

SOUND:

The entire concert was very well recorded and remastered, with no pause in between. The original vibrancy was captured. The instruments are clearly defined.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This 2 CD set is a very good recording of Beach Boys’ 50th Anniversary Tour concert in its entirety. I was slightly disappointed with their similar 50th Anniversary Tour blu ray concert when only 21 songs out of 41 were included. But I must give credit to the editor who did a good job seamlessly joining the songs. This set is a good representation of the career of the Beach Boys. By the middle of Disc 2, I was singing along already. Too bad they messed up their blu ray concert. Now that Mike Love and Brian Wilson are broken up, there is little hope that the entire concert on blu ray will ever be released. But this set makes up for it…only in audio! This set is highly recommended.

I hope this review is helpful to you.

Turbo [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Turbo [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Ryan Reynolds
Price: CDN$ 15.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turbo (2D)(blu ray): bright bold colours with wonderful details; 2D version is preferred., Dec 4 2013
VIDEO (2D):

Turbo zooms onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.35:1 encode. This Fox/DreamWorks collaboration presents a stunning display of animated eye candy. The transfer is pristine. While characters appear a little bit like plastic (here, Pixar is still more superior), their environments are richly detailed. Little imperfections in roadways, pebbly backyard terrains, veins in leaves, individual blades of grass, and fine details on race cars are revealed to current technological perfection. Colours are bold and saturated. The choice of 2.35:1 ratio is appreciated because the colourful picture simply fills my 12 foot wide screen (using anamorphic lens), and looks majestic like a wonderful painting. (5/5)

AUDIO:

Turbo blasts onto blu ray with a powerhouse DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack. The primary English track offers incredible stage presence in every area of concern. Whether a lawnmower powering through the stage, jets zooming overhead, or cars rumbling down the track at high speed, the track delivers a wide, seamless soundstage and brings its major effects to life with precision placement, movement, and sonic accuracy, right down to the ribcage-rattling low end support pieces. Clarity is superb across all sound effects and musical elements, too. Dialogue is clear. This is a robust, active and highly enjoyable soundtrack. (5/5)

TRIVIA:

Turbo has an estimated budget of $135 million, but only grossed $267 million worldwide.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I bought the 3D set because I am starting to collect 3D version of major blockbuster movies. In this case, the 3D version is not spectacular. I would recommend the 2D version (currently being reviewed): bright bold colours with amazing details. Overall, it is a very enjoyable experience.

The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne [Blu-ray]
The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ P!nk
Price: CDN$ 20.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars P!nk (blu ray): P!nk is one-of-a-kind & truly awesome acrobatic concert with fantastic video/audio; very highly recommended!, Nov. 26 2013
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VIDEO:

P!nk’s The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne flew onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. The picture was truly spectacular, with lots of fine details, like P!nk’s hair strands, eyelashes, plus her costume. Skin tone was natural. Colours were also spot-on, like the striking pink colour of her cape and purple costume. The photography was also magnificent, especially during P!nk’s aerial performance, alone or with her many fantastic dancers/aerialists. (5/5)

AUDIO:

The audio was equally impressive with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless track (96kHz/24-bit). P!nk’s raspy voice was crisp and center, soaring into the sky, while the sound of individual instrument was clearly defined. The two female members of the band, Eva Gardner (bass) and Kat Lucas (guitar/keyboard/vocals) were outstanding. They reminded me of the Wilson sisters in our Canadian band Heart. The sound was concentrated mostly in the front and lateral speakers, while the rear speakers are mainly for audience applause. This is an outstanding soundtrack (5/5)

CONTENT:

P!nk’s The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne was filmed at The Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. P!nk is the artist who has performed the most shows at the venue, with a significant 18 sold out shows on The Truth About Love Tour. The record surpassed her previous 17 show record at the venue during her 2009 Funhouse Tour. She is also the first artist to sell more than 250,000 tickets at the venue.

Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing (including chart position in US & UK, year, source album, plus personal comments), which is as follows:

01 Raise Your Glass (US 1/2010; UK 13/2010)*(from the album Greatest Hits…So Far)
02 Walk Of Shame (AUS 60/2013)*(from the album The Truth About Love)
03 Just Like A Pill (US 8/2002; UK 1/2002)*(from album Missundaztood)
04 U + Ur Hand (US 9/2006; UK 10/2006)*(from album I’m Not Dead)
05 Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)(UK 34/2006)*(from album I’m Not Dead)
06 Try (US 9/2012; UK 8/2012)*(from the album The Truth About Love)
07 Wicked Game*(song debut in this tour)
08 Just Give Me A Reason (featuring Nate Ruess)(US 1/2012; UK 2/2012)*(from the album The Truth About Love)(great to have the original duet artist to sing with you)
09 Trouble (US 68/2003; UK 7/2003)*(from album Try This)
10 Are We All We Are*(from album The Truth About Love)
11 How Come You’re Not Here*(from album The Truth About Love)
12 Sober (US 15/2008; UK 9/2008)*(from album Funhouse)
13 Choas & Piss (Interlude)
14 The Great Escape*(from album The Truth About Love)
15 Who Knew (US 9/2006; UK 5/2006)*(from album I’m Not Dead)
16 Time After Time*(this Cyndi Lauper song she only performed in Australia as well as select shows during the 2nd North American leg of the tour)
17 Perfect (US 2/2010; UK 10/2010)*(from the album Greatest Hits…So Far)(this was also a good line dancing song)
18 Can’t Take Me Home Medley
19 Slut Like You*(from album The Truth About Love)
20 Blow Me (One Last Kiss)(US 5/2012; UK 3/2012)*(from album The Truth About Love)
21 So What (US 1/2008; UK 1/2008)*(from album Funhouse)

Concert: 5/5

FINAL THOUGHTS:

P!nk is a party girl with a heart of gold. She is perhaps the most gifted and imaginative physical performer in pop right now. Ten-year-old songs don’t sound dated because she has maintained the same energy and sass that she created them with. A P!nk concert is a little like a Cirque du Soleil performance. There is so much happening on stage — the songs, the dancing and of course the acrobatics — it is a feast for the senses. P!nk puts on a show, and then acknowledges the hard work from many that goes into it, even if as the remarkable centerpoint to it, she could probably claim all the kudos in the world, as illustrated by putting all the photos and names of her band, dancers and backing vocal artists to acknowledge their talent in the accompanied booklet. I was very impressed with her last Funhouse Tour blu ray concert (my review elsewhere), but this The Truth About Love truly bounces P!nk even to a higher level. This is also the only place you can hear her recent singles, like Just Give Me A Reason, Perfect and Blow Me (One Last Kiss). This is a truly enjoyable concert from beginning to end. Both the video and audio are top-notched. Seeing her belting out songs live while flying around is indeed a feast for all my senses, and only P!nk can. This blu ray concert is very highly recommended.

Lastly, my top three blu ray concert releases in 2013 are P!nk Live from Melbourne, Emeli Sande Live at the Royal Albert Hall and Cliff Richard Live in Sidney (my reviews can be found elsewhere). Check them out. You will be glad you did.

Planes [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
Planes [3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Jon Cryer
Price: CDN$ 35.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planes 3D (blu ray): blue ray, not movie review; top-notched video/audio, but with bland story! 3D version is preferred., Nov. 26 2013
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VIDEO (3D):

Planes from Pixar/Disney flew onto blu ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. This digital 3D picture is superb, with a naturally dimensional appearance that enhances the sense of depth and perspective. The dimensional quality plays well to define the various positions of the planes during the race. The occasional negative parallax out-of-screen instances enhance the thrills. The colours are bold and vibrant. Contrast is excellent, with bold blacks and delineated shadows. Resolution is excellent and fine detail is exhibited throughout. This is an engaging and fun 3D experience that will thrill the entire family. (5/5)

VIDEO (2D):

Planes from Pixar/Disney flew onto blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. The transfer is pristine, with striking details and crisp edges. Colours are bright and vibrant, bathed in convincing light and shadow. Planes, being a spinoff from the beloved Cars series, may not be the prettiest Pixar sequel or spin-off, but it holds its own beautifully. (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

Planes has a DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio lossless track. Dialogue is crystal clear and perfectly prioritized. Bass is adequate with every engine chug and roar, propeller drone, and dive-bomb attack, making the most of the adventure's every racing sequence. Racers zoom seamlessly from one channel to the next, with the soundfield suitably enveloping. This is an adequate soundtrack, but not outstanding. (4.5/5)

TRIVIA:

Planes has an estimated budget of $50 million, but was a complete disappointment at the box office, grossing only around $90 million, which is far less than $549 million (Cars 2) and $454 million (Cars 1).

PACKAGING:

There is no 3D lenticular cover. The 3D BD-50 disc is stacked on top of the regular DVD disc. Common, Disney, a flipcase for each disc is not that much more expensive. There is absolutely nothing special in the packaging.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, the Disney animated comedy. Although it was a major flop at the box office, Planes does have top notched video and audio. You also get some decent voice-acting from all involved, with random performers popping in throughout the film, including John Cleese, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cedric the Entertainer, and Val Kilmer. I enjoyed the movie, but somehow it lacks the emotional involvement that pulls our heart-string, like Despicable Me 1. This is a movie for the entire family. All the kids will love it. The 3D version is preferred.

Live at the Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray] [Import]
Live at the Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray] [Import]
DVD ~ Emeli Sande
Price: CDN$ 24.72
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emeli Sande (blu ray): one of the best, if not the best, concert on blu ray releases this year! Very highly recommended!, Nov. 25 2013
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There was minimal information about the video/audio information on the back cover.

VIDEO:

The set features the headline concert filmed at London's Royal Albert Hall on 11 November 2012. To my pleasant surprise, the video was in 2.40:1 (rare for concert, usually 1.78:1; Amazon.ca wrongly labelled it as 1.77:1). What a big difference here, when the entire picture fills up my 12 foot wide screen (usually anamorphic lens). This MPEG-4 AVC 1080i transfer is top-notched. There are lots of details, including every strand on Emeli’s hair. You can also count the number of eyelashes on closeups. You can also read the word tattooed on her chest, plus the beautiful picture tattoo on her right forearm. There was also good contrast. Skin tone was spot-on. The blacks were inky, like Emeli’s shoes. Colour was good, especially the red jacket that Emeli wore during the 2nd half of the concert. Top-notched video. (5/5)

AUDIO:

My heart sank when I read on the back cover that the audio was Dolby Digital (that reminded me of the recent disastrous Rihanna concert on blu ray). To my second pleasant surprise, the menu listed DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, which I chose. No Dolby Digital. The sound is even more outstanding than the video. Emeli Sande’s pure voice simply soared. All the different instruments are clearly defined, including a string section, including violin, viola & cello, a percussion section, piano & organ, guitars and drums. Each instrument sounds clean, forming a great back-up to Emeli’s singing…never overwhelming. The bass guitar by James Beatt was outstanding. Jonathan Tuitt played a thunderous drums, that gave my two subwoofers a great workout. The backup singers are also outstanding. The overall sound is simply heavenly. (5+/5)

CONCERT:

Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing (including chart position, year & personal comments), which is as follows:

01 Daddy (UK 21/2011)
02 Tiger
03 Where I Sleep
04 Breaking The Law
05 Enough (new song)
06 Pluto (new song)
07 My Kind Of Love (UK 17/2012)
08 Abide With Me (UK 44/2012)*Emeli’s pure voice with the cello – pure heaven!
09 Clown (UK 4/2012)*Emeli started to play her piano, which she called Iris; the violin backing was also very moving!
10 River*Emeli related a touching story about a 7 year old kid from foster home attending her concert; the piano & organ accompaniment were superb!
11 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free*this is Emeli’s tribute to Nina Simone
12 Suitcase*pure singing backed only by the excellent bass guitar by James Beatt
13 Read All About it (Pt. III)(UK 1/2011)*rapper Professor Green brought the entire audience to their feet; she also sang it in the closing ceremony, Summer Olympics 2012
14 Wonder (UK 10/2012)
15 Mountains*song inspired by her parents
16 Heaven (UK 2/2011)*used in Summer Olympics, 2012
Encore:
17 Beneath Your Beautiful (UK 1/2012)*duet with Labrinth; the song is simply beautiful
18 Maybe
19 Next To Me (UK 2/2012; US 25/2012)*this last song simply brought the house down! I remember she sang it on Dancing With The Stars too; I normally prefer the studio version, but this live version is a great exception, full of life, joy and vibrancy.

EXTRAS: Our Version of Events (from the road). One gets an inside look into her tour in UK. She looked much much younger without make-up.

Concert: (5+/5)

FINAL THOUGHTS:

2011 was Adele’s year, but 2012 belonged to Emeli Sandé. Her CD “Our Version of Events” was the Number 1 selling CD in UK for the year 2012. I strongly recommend that you buy the Deluxe Edition with 5 more songs. (my review elsewhere). On stage, Emeli reminded me of a mature and elegant Miley Cyrus. (I must have been influenced by her hairstyle) Her singing was a combination of Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Etta James and Nina Simone, all rolled into one. This is one of the best blu ray concert releases this year. Capitol Records did a great job releasing this set in North America. In UK, they have to buy the US import. Both the video and audio are top-notched, and the entire concert is very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable, with great video & audio. If you were lucky to attend Coldplay concert in Toronto in 2012, you will no doubt be impressed with her performance then. If you are not familiar with her, I suggest you listen to her CD first. Then you will enjoy and appreciate this great concert even more. Of course, this blu ray set is very highly recommended.

Christmas With Patti Page (Deluxe)
Christmas With Patti Page (Deluxe)
Price: CDN$ 18.72
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Page: Christmas With Patti Page: the definitive edition of this beloved Christmas album from Real Gone Music & Aunt Patti!, Nov. 23 2013
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HISTORY:

There are different versions of Christmas with Patti Page. The first release was on Mercury 25109 in 1951 with 8 songs, including Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Silent Night, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, The Christmas Song, The First Noel, Christmas Choir and Christmas Bells. It has a red cover. The second release was on Mercury 20093 in 1955, with 12 songs, with added songs including Pretty Snowflakes, I Want To Go Skating With Willie, Where Did My Snowman Go and The Mama Doll Song. The front cover was the same as the 1951 release. There was also a different release under the same label & number, but with a completely different cover (the one shown on this CD cover). The song listing is the same. In 1959, this was re-released under Wing 12174 with the same front cover, but with words written over the picture. I have this Wing album. In 1995, Mercury Nashville under Polygram released this album on CD for the first time, with the original 12 songs, plus a bonus: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus. The sound was quite inferior with hiss and clicks, like the earlier Patti Page recordings on Mercury. Finally, in 2013, Real Gone Music released this Deluxe Edition of Christmas with Patti Page. And don’t be confused with a similarly-titled later release on Columbia label.

CONTENT:

Since Amazon.ca did not provide a track listing, I have compiled a song listing (with chart position and year) which is as follows:

CHRISTMAS WITH PATTI PAGE (Mercury 20093, 1955):
01 Jingle Bells
02 Silent Night (Mercury 5731) 1951
03 Christmas Choir
04 The First Noel
05 Christmas Bells (b-side to Boogie Woogie Santa Claus)(Mercury 5729) 1951
06 White Christmas
07 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (b-side)(Mercury 5731)1951
08 The Christmas Song
09 Pretty Snowflakes
10 I Wanna Go Skating With Willie
11 Where Did My Snowman Go?
12 The Mama Doll Song (US 24/1954)(b-side to I Can’t Tell A Waltz From A Tango)(Mercury 70458)

BONUS SONGS:
13 Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (b-side of Tennessee Waltz)(Mercury 5534, 1950)(& later released as Mercury 5729, 1951)
14 Little Donkey (b-side of The Sound Of Music)(Mercury 71555, 1959)
15 Home For The Holidays (from The Patti Page Show, 1955)
16 Christmas Greetings From Patti (radio spot)
17 The Christmas Song (from The Patti Page Show, 1955)
18 Silent Night (from the Patti Page Show, 1955)

The sound is superb, clean with no hiss, as per high standard at Real Gone Music. There is also an excellent 12-page booklet, containing the front and back covers of the album. For collectors, this is greatly appreciated. There is a very well written and informative essay, written by Tim Akers in September 2013. From this essay, I also learned the trivia that it was Joe Reisman, the famous orchestra leader and arranger, who was the voice of the small barks in Page’s multimillion selling Doggie In The Window, with violin player Mac Cepos adding the big barks! Very very in-ter-est-ing!!!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Thanks to Real Gone Music, we have now the definitive edition of Christmas With Patti Page. Real Gone Music has also released The Complete Columbia Singles 1962-1970 and From Nashville to L.A. – The Lost Columbia Masters 1963-1969 (my reviews elsewhere). The world lost one of its greatest ladies of song when Patti Page passed away on January 1, 2013. She was lovely, witty, painfully straightforward, yet intensely-loving Clara Ann Fowler and she left us a storehouse of classic recordings to cherish. Now, sit back, relax, and listen to this historical CD, because “…that’s Aunt Patti singing.” This set, together with the two mentioned above, is highly recommended, especially to all Patti Page fans.

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