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The spectacular one night only concert of David Foster and Friends is now available on Blu Ray disc. Spotlighting #1 hits, award winning songs and other favorites.The May 23, 2008 show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was unforgettable. Now 'Hit Man: David Foster & Friends' scores a direct hit with music fans at home.
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The video is crytal clear, crisp with vibrant colors. The thing that is truly amazing here is the audio. The menu just shows a 5.1 surround option but be sure to go thru the audio options on your blu ray remote for there is a spectacular lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 option. This is reason enough to purchase this concert. I don't understand why they don't show this option on the menu or on the case. The music will soar out of your theater system. Spoken word as well as singing and instrumental are all stunning.
The concert itself deserves the highest accolades. There is almost 2 1/2 hours here of music. It t is the perfect mix of conversation between David and each artist with the majority of the time being given to the music. And it is music of the highest caliber. Everyone will have some favorites here but each artist is in top form and each performance is perfection. I didn't fast forward through any part of this. My personal favorite is Katharine McPhee's powerful performance of SOMEWHERE and spellbinding duet with Andrea Bocelli on THE PRAYER. I am also a huge Michael Buble fan and his charm and talent are put on full display here. Kenny G, Josh Groban and Boz Scaggs are all superb. I had never heard Blake Shelton before and I am a new fan. I also got to relive my disco days with the amazing vocals of Cheryl Lynn on GOT TO BE REAL.
This concert is a production of total class from beginning to end. Each artist is given their time in the spotlight. David Foster shows grace and true humility as his full musical legacy is displayed. This concert is a must have and if you have blu ray you will be astonished at its visual and vocal beauty. Even if you already have the dvd it is worth double dipping to get the glorious blu ray. And if you don't have blu ray then you must get the dvd.
Enjoy this must have concert. It is a definite treat you will watch over and over.
Usually with these benefit collaborations, there are more misses than hits but that's not the case here. I do think the video smooches by Barbra Streisand and Kevin Costner grinded the event to a halt, but Foster gives them a quick thanks and gets things moving again. I also though Celine Dion stopping her own Vegas show to do a bit with Foster seemed a bit uncomfortable. Otherwise, every performer here gave it his or her all. Who would have thought Katherine McPhee could keep up with Bocelli? Blake Shelton and Michael Buble perform a duet of "Home" a hit for both. For a show stopper check out 16 year old Charice make Whitney Houston fans take notice. If you like any of these performers you should appreciate this concert.
This is the second time I've watched this Blu ray disc and a couple things surprised me. First, this is a rare release in 1080i, but there was no issue with the transfer. It's beautiful. Pleanty of sparkle and black blacks. The other is the sound. I was watching this video with a new receiver and in a different environment than usual. I was amazed at how good the disc sounded. The disc set up and the jacket only suggest that this is a lossy DTS 5.1 playback, but damn if it isn't a lossless DTS-HD MA. It sounds spectacular.
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great performances though