Madonna Truth Or Dare [Blu-ray]
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Madonna: Like you've never seen her before. This movie reveals her as she really is, on stage and off--den mother to her family of dancers, sex goddess to her millions of fans, businesswoman, singer, dancer, the biggest star in the world of music. Join her and experience an intimate backstage look at her "Blonde Ambition" tour. From her hotel room to her dressing room, from her stage show to her boudoir, here is Madonna--outrageous, hilarious, uninhibited.
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The Blu-Ray: The Blu-Ray quality is good. The B&W scenes have the original grain intact and it was the director's intention to have that to show how grainy the real world is as opposed to the almost-grainless color performance segments. The DTS 5.1 Sound is good but I really do not prefer 5.1 for music as I'd rather have an extended-stereo mix for music to have a richer sound.
Overall, if you are a Madonna fan you will buy this considering it is less than $10. If you do not have a copy of this movie, check to see if the other releases that include more special features are available first, and if not, buy this.
CAUTION: For some reason, this Blu-Ray has six (6!) previews that you have to watch before the movie starts; but, press your chapter advance button and you can go through them quicker.
1) Original theatrical version
2) Great transfer preserving director's vision
3) No dynamic noise reduction making everything look too perfect
1) Sound is 5.1 DTS; I prefer Dolby Pro-Logic for music
2) No special features contained in prior releases
3) The trailer issue described above
Strike a pose and Enjoy!
I first saw Truth Or Dare in my early teens and fell in love with it. This wasn't merely because of Madonna, either. The supporting "cast" is top notch. Nikki and Donna are super endearing as M's faithful backup singers. The personalities of the dancers shine through as well, with the exception Gabriel and Kevin. Even Madonna's run-ins with her family are classic and humorous. "Oh God, I was so afraid to do Like A Virgin!" she exclaims at one point, just before her dad visits her backstage. She's vulnerable here. There's Madonna without makeup, blowing her nose, admitting that she isn't the best singer, working through her relationship with Warren Beatty, and sometimes even forgetting the cameras are watching.
My favorite part of Truth Or Dare is the concert editing. The movie opens with a full blast performance of "Express Yourself." Oliver's reunion with his estranged father is painted by a backdrop of "Oh Father." Madonna defending her controversial show against the Vatican is accompanied by "Live To Tell." The refreshing arrival in Europe is paired with a full-color "Holiday." And, of course, the end of the film reminds you to remember your roots with "Keep It Together."
I also think that Blond Ambition is, to date, Madonna's best tour. Confessions is a close second, but here is Madonna at her popularity peak. Anyway, I'm rambling now. If you haven't seen it, watch Truth Or Dare to be reminded or educated on why Madonna is the world's best-selling female artist. What she stands for. Who she is.
Favorite Madonna line (in response to Bobby Brown's 1990 arrest for his onstage antics): "I hope he's in jail when I get there."
Britney Spears tried it with Britney Spears: Stages with DVD and Lady Gaga emulated it with Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden [Explicit], but the rawness of the touring lifestyle was best showcased in Truth or Dare.
We get to see the real Madonna: a strong-headed and witty perfectionist who takes her craft extremely serious. This documentary easily shows why this woman has had the success and accolades she has received. You can't expect success and global domination to just come to you and you take the Easy Ride [pun intended :)]- she shows that you have to work for it and once you get it, it's much more difficult to maintain.
I have never had more respect for a woman in showbusiness- Madonna is a true philanthropist, nurturer, and most importantly someone who never pretended to be something she wasn't.
Long live the queen.
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