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Rihanna: Loud Tour Live at the O2
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Show/performance: 5 stars
It is the poor quality that went in to the production of this blu ray that is the problem. I cannot comprehend how Def Jam/Universal Music were able to mess this one up in the way they did. Surely they must have sufficiently qualified people to make a decent product.
Video: it feels like an upscaled DVD version. The image is sharp, colours are a bit flat and some compression is noticable. Compared to her previous blu ray, video quality is not as good.
Overall video quality is fair: 3 stars
Audio quality is a different story. No HD audio content and the audio they did use is low quality, outdated, 128Kbps stereo and 240Kbps 5.1 The overall result is a very flat sound that lacks the live feeling you should get when watching a concert. This impression is further strengthened by a lack of bass tones and overall volume. It just sounds flat and empty. Vocals on the other hand are pretty clear resulting in the slower songs to be the best on the disc since they are not so much hampered by the disc's poor audio conversion.
Overall audio quality is poor: 1 star
So, as I said a difficult product to review.
In the end there is only one question I asked myselves: does it give me the feeling I am watching a live performance of Rihanna on my hometheater set? Sadly no, although the performance is great the audio quality is just too poor to fully enjoy this concert.
Overall rating: 2 stars
To compare, I bought my wife, one of the other Rihanna concerts, on DVD(Good Girl Gone Bad) and the audio on the DVD is MUCH better compared to this one. The songs that have bass do not have any bass and when it does hit, if any, it sounds off.
Video quality is just average, slightly better than DVD.
Also, there is no pop-up menu!
Very disappointed in this, not Amazon, but the audio producers of this Blu-Ray.
Heres a hint for the audio producers: If you're going to offer a concert on Blu-Ray, make sure it has HD Audio!
This is unacceptable in every sense of the word and the menus are dvd quality too boot! The disc needs to be redone or taken off the market end of story.
Her bluray concert from 2008 had DTS-HD and AVC and looked fantastic on a BD-25! A BD-25 is more than enough room for great audio and video of concert material. The DTS-HD track is over 5 mbps for most of the concert.
For those that got the deluxe edition of her new cd a sampler of the concert is on a dvd. The sound mix is totally different and sounds much better. The dvd uses .19 kbps 2 channel DD. The bluray uses .224 kbps 5.1 DD and .12 kbps 2 channel DD and the bluray sounds noticable worse with both tracks than the dvd. Be prepared to turn up your receiver as well. Mine went up by 10+ db. MPEG-2 averages around 18 mbps for video.
Amazon quite selling this for good reason. This appears to be a great concert that needs a redo concerning it's bluray! Houstan we have a problem!
Just to give you an idea what a bad production this is, the Blu-ray doesn't even include artwork jacket with song names or anything. The BD just has the disc and that was it. I contacted Amazon to get my money back but since I already opened it, I will just throw it in the trash instead. Please people, DO NOT BUY this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My second live concert ever purchased, and its extremely well made into a tremendous visual and sound experience!!!Published 8 months ago by archer
I like this Rihanna Loud Tour DVD, I'm a fan of RiRi a.k.a Rihanna!Published 11 months ago by Danielle Polson
Love them all keep them all coming a have a happy and wonderful but safe new year.Published 13 months ago by Richad Marsh