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Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar Live!
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So, you wanna be a rock and roll star? There s no better way to get into the megastar groove than with Rhino s new Blue Man Group Blu-ray
HOW TO BE A MEGASTAR LIVE, filmed and recorded live in front of capacity crowds of over 40,000 fans during a two-day run of the music and performance art trio s exhilarating 06- 07 How To Be A Megastar Tour 2.0. Blue Man Group s inventive new how-to-manual, which expands on the Rock Concert Manual concept from The Complex Rock Tour, will take you through the steps of a wildly clever and interactive show that offers unique all-ages appeal. This Blu-ray contains as bonus features: the video for I Feel Love, the comedic parody Mono Makes a Plea Save the TVs campaign and the documentary Inside The Tube, which provides an intimate look inside Blue Man Group s creative process and history
DVD: Above / Drumbone / Time To Start / Up to the Roof / Altering Appearances /
Persona / Your Attention / Piano Smasher / Gumballs And Marshmallows / Sing Along /
One Of These Days / 2001 Theme/TV Heads / Shadows / The Complex / Light Suits / I Feel Love / Rock And Go / Baba O Reilly / What Is Rock / Bonus Content: Inside The Tube -
Behind-the-scenes look at The Blue Man Group / I Feel Love (music video
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So you can imagine my joy a couple years ago when I saw that HDnet was going to show this concert in HiDef. I blocked out the time on that Sunday, turned on my cable, and was prepared to be enthralled.
I was horribly disappointed. I literally called my cable provider and complained.
The problem was not with the content, but rather with the highly compressed delivery system. The strobes and fire in "One of These Days", the rapid motion of the drum sticks and whips in "Shadows Part 2", the paint drums in "Your Attention", the confetti and full-stage views in "Baba O'Riley", all pushed way past the limits of any kind of a cable TV, satellite delivery, or HD video download service. Macroblocking in the rapid strobe scenes and the paint drops (which wound up looking like large squares rather than droplets) made the video look like an early VHS tape rather than a 2 megapixel, 21st century, HiDef recording.
So, I've been just as eagerly anticipating this Blu-Ray release. And this time, I've not been disappointed. With data rates regularly exceeding 35Mbps in the high motion scenes, peaking at over 49Mbps for some of the most complex transitions in the climax of "Baba O'Riley", this disc exemplifies "why Blu-Ray".
Those who claim that HD downloads will replace physical media may be right someday, but that day is not here yet, it will not be here any time soon, and this disc shows why.
This Blu-Ray was superbly crafted, with the quality of audio and video paramount. It's a worthy addition to your collection, and when a friend wants to see how well Blu-Ray can handle difficult material, pull this one out. If you're (un)lucky enough to have HDnet Sunday Concerts showing this concert on cable or satellite at the same time, you'll easily be able to see what I'm talking about, and convincingly demonstrate it.
If you like Blue Man Group and don't yet have a Hi Def display and Blu-Ray player, this is a great reason to finally make the jump.
Kudos to HDnet for recording this, and props to Blink Digital for the superb Blu-Ray production!
The song lists are similar, but there are many differences in the two.
The Complex Rock Tour doesn't have the vaudeville shtick the BMG is famous for, and at times the artifacting and pixalization on my 46" was almost unwatchable. The 5.1 mix also doesn't come close to the Blu-Ray's uncompressed PCM.
How To Be A Megastar Live! is more of a complete BMG show, complete with paintballs and marshmallows. The picture is crystal clear (at least it is on Blu), and the visuals are outstanding. The sound booms out like you were almost there. But not quite... :-)
The Inside The Tube documentary (and Mono) has excerpts of the comedy routines that aren't in the main video, or didn't fit into the tour itself. It is almost worth the price of the disc itself. It's also interesting to note that there are a couple of clips from the Orlando show, but Orlando is never given a mention.
And so, I'm givin' it 5 stars. I find myself playing the disc like it was a CD, just to have the music in the background. The music is outstanding.
But it's not like being at a live show. Living through the toilet paper thing is just astounding... :-)
Where I was very disappointed is that in translating Blue Man Group from the 'installed' shows in small theaters to a touring production for a large-capacity stadium, much of the comedy, charm, and excitement has been lost from the original. The result is a perfectly cromulent movie of a (fairly generic) rock concert performance, with about 15 minutes of really good Blue Man Group material scattered in.
If you haven't seen Blue Man Group live in one of the cities where it plays all the time, you may not know what I'm talking about. But if you have seen Blue Man Group in NY, Chicago, Vegas, etc, be aware that this concert tour is a completely different show, with very little of the physical comedy and props, and almost exclusively BMG as accompaniment to a very large rock band complete with vocalists. With the exception of 2-3 tracks, the music is much different and (IMO) not nearly as good. If, like me, you are looking to relive that show: look elsewhere.
The sound and visual quality of the recording are stellar. Deep bass and LFE is almost always present due to the highly percussive nature of the performances, while the rest of the guitars and vocals are extremely clear and precise. Surround imaging is well steered. The surround and surround back channels are active and enveloping without being overused. The most impressive part of this transfer is the great use of dynamic range. Spoken and non-musical parts of the performance are at appropriately comfortable levels, but when the music picks up so does the SPL. This may wreak havoc on people listening through tiny TV speakers, but will be greatly appreciated by anyone with a quality HT system.
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