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BAD Concert @WEMBLEY,
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This review is from: Michael Jackson: Live At Wembley - July 16, 1988 (DVD)
They should release the 1st leg of Yokohama's concert on DVD. There are a lot of DVDs out there of Yokohama concert with horrible sound. Why not invest in a studio like they did with the Wembley concert and bring true 5.1 surround sound to the Yokohama's concert as well? It does no justice to the legacy of Michael Jackson by not giving the fans the best experience possible and see what make the man GREAT. And there is no such thing as too many releases when it come to Michael Jackson. People just can't get enough of his performances. I am surprise the man never EVER got a TRUE official DVD release of his BAD concert EVER until now. And we're talking about the King of POP who are known all over the world and yet not a single official DVD disc to capture the moment of his greatness during the Bad era?? The moment of what makes the man so great!! Even Bruce Lee got a lot of his films on DVDs. If you say...oh because there is no DVD format during the 80s....but hey Bruce Lee's films were never meant to be in DVD format to begin with. And if you make other excuses like....oh because MJ's Bad concerts were not captured on films? Huh?? You got to be kidding me right? The man traveled all over the world doing the Bad concerts in different countries. Surely, television were invented back then right?? And sure, they were captured on films. How can he went all over the world and only Japan being the only country captured his greatness on film? It doesn't add up.
Okay, so i just received the Wembley's Concert DVD today and just finished watching it. Here's my honest review of the DVD. Before I do, let me just say that I have seen the Yokohama DVD, the Brisbane and the various clips of the BAD concerts here and there and i know that none of them are DVD quality. They were not meant to be DVD quality. But at the same time, they're not HIGH-QUALITY either. I am a bit disappointed with all of the DVD releases so far of Michael Jackson's BAD concerts...and YES that include Michael Jackson's Wembley. Sure, it's a tag better than the other DVDs in term of overall presentation...but it's just "a tag" better. In other words, in a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being blue ray and 9 being DVD quality, Wembley fall somewhere around 4 or 5. The Yokohama BAD concert is visually slightly better than Wembley but c'mon it doesn't make much of a difference really...both are bad VHS quality visually. The Wembley's visual looks like its paint washed out even watching it in 4:3. It is definitely watchable but you just wish the visual is crisp and rich and golden like MJ's performance on stage but it's just not there. Now i know why they don't put the Yokohama on DVD as well. It really doesn't matter. When the source of the visual are bad, it doesn't matter if you put it on DVD or not, it won't help that much.
Update on visual: Okay, watching it on PC with the TotalMediaTheatre5 software, i can make adjustment and bring the visual quality up a notch. So instead of rating it 4 or 5 out of 10, I am giving it a 6/10. This is for watching it on PC. If you watch it on external system like Xbox 360 or PS3, the visual will go down a notch.
As far as overall performance of MJ, when it started out the first half or so of the songs, i say to myself, it's nothing i didn't see before in Yokohama. But in the 2nd half, his performance getting more intense with incredible move after move from the Smooth Criminal all the way to the BAD performance. His dancing is so much fluid. He just couldn't stop dancing. Even when the show ended and he started giving credit to his casts, it is a treat to see him continue dancing along. That in itself is incredible, better than Yokohama's ending. Smooth Criminal (although not in Yokohama) is incredible...so is Thriller (definitely better than Yokohama and I love the beat). Beat It is alright. Billie Jean (i think the ending of Billie Jean is better than Yokohama as he does more moves with more gracefulness). Bad is also a must-see same like Yokohama!
As far as the sound go...it is okay, a bit better than Yokohama. I have the Harman/Kardon sound system and when i play music videos off of my PC, the sound w/ the bass is INCREDIBLE. I don't feel the same with the Wembley's concert. Like the visual, I feel the sound is in the same rating.
UPDATE ON SOUND QUALITY: Okay, i watched this on my PC and the sound and visual can be adjusted, and the sound is pretty darn good i must say w/ the bass adjusted. So it's just a matter of what kind of software and hardware you have in order to take advantage of this gem. I use TotalMediaTheatre5 software.
So my conclusion is this. Since the performance and the sound are incredible than the Yokohama's DVD, I will say this is the best release TO DATE of ANY MJ's Bad Concert! But better in terms of what?? In a scale of 1-10, it doesn't even meet the high-quality standard...let alone DVD quality. If you don't mind of the visual and just want to experience an MJ's concert in a VHS format, get this (try watching it on PC). If you never seen a Michael Jackson's concert in your life, you will be blown away.
I definitely want to own this DVD because MJ's performance is incredible and i forgot to mention...I really REALLY like the video angle capture of MJ in this concert than the one in Yokohama because you can see MJ's full view close up in all his glory. That's why i wish they find the UMATIC version and restore the visual because it is such a treat to see MJ perform this incredible yet the visual didn't meet the standard.
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Initial post: Sep 4, 2012, 10:37:12 AM PDT
The second leg of the concert has more songs than Yokohama.
Posted on Sep 5, 2012, 7:51:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 5, 2012, 8:00:23 AM PDT
Lil' Radio says:
According to Wikipedia, they didn't release the Yokohama concert(1st leg of the tour) because the setlist was identical to the Victory Tour's. Michael performs more songs from the Bad album during the 2nd leg. The DVD will include concert clips from the Yokohama concert (I Just Can't Stop Loving You & Bad)
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012, 9:23:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 8, 2012, 9:23:52 AM PDT
Yeah Yokohama stinks. This show is BAD! (a good thing ;)
Posted on Sep 16, 2012, 7:57:24 AM PDT
How is this a review of the Wembley show on this DVD? Oh yeah, it isn't.
Posted on Sep 16, 2012, 4:45:40 PM PDT
J. Sutter says:
Um, Yokohama exists in amazing quality with great audio and video. You're wrong.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2012, 4:48:16 PM PDT
S. Vong says:
Um...i got the Yokohama and the audio isn't great....so don't tell me it is when i already know it isn't.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012, 5:28:04 AM PST
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