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Sting Live In Berlin [Blu-ray] (2010)

Sting , Jim Gable  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sting
  • Directors: Jim Gable
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (PCM Stereo), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042RUMJG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Culled from Sting's critically acclaimed world tour, Symphonicity, this exclusive live CD/DVD compilation features many of his greatest hits, including "Roxanne," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "King Of Pain," "Fields Of Gold," and more, all re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Featuring special guest Branford Marsalis on select tracks, this live concert experience is quintessential Symphonicity!

Recorded September 21 at the O2 Arena, Live in Berlin was directed and produced by the Emmy-award winning team, Jim Gable and Ann Kim of Graying & Balding, Inc., in association with Universal Music Classical Management & Productions and Executive Produced by Chris Roberts and Sting's long-time manager, Kathryn Schenker, with music produced by Rob Mathes and Sting and mixed in stereo and 5.1 by Elliot Scheiner and Thom Cadley.

Live in Berlin captures Sting, for the first time, on the acclaimed Symphonicity world tour, which has garnered rave reviews from sold-out performances in prestigious venues such as Red Rocks in Denver, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, London's Royal Albert Hall, among others:

"The real stars of the show were the arrangements: classical twists on classic hits that make Symphonicity a must-see." - Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"If you have the chance to hear Sting's greatest hits performed with a symphony orchestra, it is one that you don't want to miss." - Diena (Tallinn)

"Pairing Sting with the orchestra is brilliant synchronicity on multiple levels. He's a consummate showman and a willful storyteller." - The Denver Post

"Sting proves that he is one of the greatest living musicians." - Die Welt (Berlin)

"This is one of the must-see concerts of the year." - The New York Post

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has previously performed with internationally renowned artists ranging from opera luminaries Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, and the late Luciano Pavarotti to such popular cultural icons as Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Michel Legrand, Diana Krall, Tina Turner, and Randy Newman. The 45-piece orchestra are featured throughout the Symphonicity world tour.

Sting is also joined by a group of accomplished musicians comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting's longtime guitarist), Rhani Krija (Sting's longtime multi-genre percussionist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (vocalist) and Ira Coleman (bassist).


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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As a longtime Police fan (since day 1), I've always liked to see Sting perform live, he's one of the world's top singers. What I like best about "Live in Berlin" is:

a) Showmanship, staging, arrangement and delivery are stunning... Sting's use of a full orchestra (who artfully move along w/the music in choreographed sequence while playing, brilliant), adds layers of audio depth to his voice in a superbly complementary way.

b) Dazzling camera work, the dp did a great job in capturing the performance with a variety of shot angles, and technically this is one of the very sharpest reference-quality blu-ray DVD concerts I've seen, of dozens. Absolutely crystal-clear visuals... the camera work and image quality are outstanding.

c) Hearing Sting perform favorites like King of Pain, Roxanne, and Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, plus his top solo songs was a lot of fun, having Branford Marsalis on horns was a big plus as well, they always work great together.

d) Words that comes to mind after watching this last night are classy, brilliant, intense, fun and outstanding.

I've bought dozens of concert dvds this past year, this is one of the very best; nice to see Sting in world-class form with the backing of a top orchestra. This DVD sparkles. Absolutely highly recommended -- thanks to all who made it happen, and Sting especially thx to you for all you've added over the years. Your songwriting and singing skills continue to add so much to the "soundtrack of our lives". Great job. A++

To the craft,

Ken
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlatives aren't enough! May 7, 2011
By Klavier
Format:Blu-ray
After having spent over 35 years in the music industry as a player and audio equipment nerd. This in my humble opinion is absolutely the best (blu ray)audio, video, production, arrangements, etc. that I've ever heard and seen. To me this is the standard that all artists should strive for. You must have this. I listen to it over and over and never get tired of it.
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36 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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Sting Live In Berlin [Blu-ray]

Saw this concert in person, so I looked forward to the same symphonic performance on BLU RAY. STING is great, and he re-invents his songs with the Philharmonic in wonderful ways. END OF GAME and ROXANNE are particularly wonderful. Also STING's voice sounds great and he delivers with range, power and endurance.

The picture quality of the BLU RAY is very sharp, very video sharp to be more specific and gives you a true "live" experience if you are into that. However, given that it was recorded in 60i, not 60p (or 24p), it is not a progressive recording and you can see a lack of resolution and depth because of this in under-lit areas and wider shots on stage; keep in mind that your 1080p TV will render the 60i material as 60p but it would be best if it were recorded progressively to start with. The camera work is slow moving or locked off and it works and the editorial is simple and seems to work as well. The color correction is very simple and they seem to have only relied on making everything look consistent rather than give the show a real "look" like the beautiful rich look JOHN MAYER got on his WHERE THE LIGHT IS Blu Ray for example.

The audio appears to be well recorded and of high quality. However, the 5.1 audio mix is very poor: it sounds like all the audio engineers have done is give us a 5-channel stereo mix rather than a true 5.1 mix. In a true 5.1 mix, STING's vocals would be mostly in the center channel and the instruments in the Front L/R and the ambiance and crowd reaction in the Rear L/R, with low frequencies in the sub/LFE. But in the 5.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no cd in blue ray version December 16, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
My only complaint is the blue ray version doesnt include a cd...the concert itself is really well done...no fancy editing, no obligatory shots of people in the audience mouthing the lyrics...a very nicely paced, extremely professional job.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best BD in my collection November 24, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Hands down... this concert, recording, cinematography and video quality is a MUST have for any Sting fan. Really well captured. See

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AY9X308TJ3N9V/ref=cm_pdp_rev_title_1?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R18PRMREQK6BPB

for a well written review of which I completely agree with.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-have for Sting fans January 9, 2012
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This is a must-have product for Sting fans. It is a live recording of one (out of 130+) concerts given by Sting, and friends, while collaborating with local symphonies around the world. The video quality is stunning. The audio quality is near perfect and my only complaint was the slightly low audio level of female vocalist "Jo Lawry" during the duet "Whenever I Say Your Name". I counted 36 tracks on the Blu-ray which also contains bonus video interviews.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome- and I never liked Sting.... January 21, 2011
By Cleatus
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a GREAT Blu Ray...I bought it cause I like concert videos. I look for QUALITY in video and sound because its going on a 130" sceen :) I bought this from the reviews I have read here- They were right- it IS sweet. I was NEVER a sting fan, and to be honest, I probably won't buy any of his other stuff because I cant see how it would be better than this.
Video is great , sound is great. It kind of a mellow concert- not high energy.

Get it- you will see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for Father in law
My father in law is a big music buff. He liked the Blue ray and said it was a very good concert. Quality is great.
Published 17 days ago by Another User
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent quality audio and video
Sting does everything first class, and this DVD is no different.

It's nice and long too. You get your money's worth.
Published 1 month ago by Randall G. Neighbour
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely best performance
saw the whole performance on youtube.com and fell in love with it, and told myself that i have to watch this on a full HD and ordered this blue-ray.
Published 1 month ago by Raj Reddy
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Terrible Audio
Terrible audio. Hard to enjoy the concert because of the lack of audio quality. What a shame it could have been really good.
Published 3 months ago by S. Kinsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting is the best!
What an awesome Blueray! Sting is truely an incredible talent. I love the way the philharmonic blends with his music. It's perfection.
Published 3 months ago by Mark
2.0 out of 5 stars Sting did you get bored?
This is not the Police. It is a "Las Vegas" slick murder of Sting's songs. My girlfriend is a hardcore Police fan and we had to turn it off after four songs we suffered... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John W. Oxford
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow
The disc is very good but very mellow. Don't expect it to be a rock'n Police concert. The orchestra is nice and calm. Would be great for a quiet dinner party.
Published 3 months ago by Scott Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz and Classical Music lovers will enjoy
What could be better - a full orchestra playing amazing arrangements of Sting's music, with Sting himself leading the way. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ron McQuinn
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a memorable concert
If you are a Sting fan this concert is a most to have. I strongly you make it part of your collection asap
Published 4 months ago by J. Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars My first concert in blu ray... and it's great!
This is my very first purchase of a concert dvd/bluray. I've always been a movie person but decided to try one to go along with my new 5.1 setup. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Edgar Canoza
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