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Elton John: Elton 60 - Live at Madison Square Garden
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On 25th March 2007, Elton John celebrated his 60th birthday with his 60th sold out show at New York's Madison Square Gardens, thereby breaking his own world record. This release contains the full concert, which features rarely-performed fan favourites such as 'Levon' and 'Take Me to the Pilot'.
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Unlike the Madison Square Garden show he previously released with shots of fans over-riding the stage show; this one showcases those people as well as dozens of famous political, musical and acting celebrities. Robin Williams and Whoopie Goldberg bring on a fantastic, "Happy Birthday" and Bernie Taupin, who never appears on stage, gives a heart-felt salute to Elton on his birthday. It's all amazingly good fun and very emotional.
The light show is fantastic and the sound is pin-point perfect with a large young choir singing backstage that enhances the performance like no other Elton John has given. It truly feels like the celebration in New York City that night was something very special.
That's not all. This double disc set also includes eighteen "live, rare & unseen" performances from over the years that are a stunning reminder of what a fantastic musician Elton John is. On top of that, there is a section called, "Elton's New York Stories" that includes four personal emotional song videos of Elton that just pack more of a whollop you would not expect.
The sound quality (DVD, dts, 5.1) is superb enough to hear audience members actually talking and the band never sounded more crisp. Add to that an extensive booklet of liner notes and you have a keeper of a Birthday celebration. Elton John - you are a spectacle of a celebration!
1. The concert on the DVD and Blu-Ray is identical. BOTH are 33 tracks. There are NO extra tracks on the Blu-Ray. The setlist that night was 31 songs with a 2 song encore for a total of 33 tracks.
2. The concert on the DVD is broken up between both DVD's. Disk 1 contains part one of the concert (ending with Empty Garden). It also contains the Live Rare and Unseen footage containing 18 additional archival tracks and 1 "hidden track" These include awesome renditions of Someone Saved My Life Tonight and Candle In the Wind from the 1976 Edinburgh Playhouse concert.
Disk 2 contains part two of the concert starting with the birthday celebration and ending with Your Song. It contains an additional 5 archival tracks from "Elton's New York Stories"
3. The Blu-Ray contains the 33 track concert and that's it......Period. There are no extra tracks from the concert. The concert was 33 Tracks and that's what you get.
4. Neither the Blu-Ray or DVD does not have a Dolby track. It is either 2.0 PCM or 5.1 DTS for the DVD or 2.0 and 5.1 PCM tracks for the Blu-Ray. (no need for compression on the Blu-Ray thus both tracks are straight PCM)
I personally think the extra footage is worth sacrificing 1080p. The 5.1 DTS sounds fantastic on my home theatre and quite frankly I could not tell the difference between the 5.1 DTS mix and 5.1 PCM track on the blu-ray.
If you are contemplating one over the other, your Blu-Ray player handles DTS (that was a requirement of the blu-ray standard, DTS and Dolby support), so it's not like you are sacrificing 5.1 just because it doesn't have a 5.1 Dolby track. Also, swapping disks makes for a nice intermission. In a concert footage film 1080p is kind of wasted. And considering how much extra you get with the DVD, it really is a no brainer.
One logistical note: Three hours doesn't fit on a standard DVD, so the concert itself is split on the 2-disc (Widescreen) version. If you want to watch the whole thing uninterrupted, get the Single-disc version.
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