Peter Kay Live: At The Manchester Arena Special Edition DVD Review
PictureAs this is a one man stage show there really isn't much to talk about image-wise. The transfer is good - certainly one of the best you'll see for this type of show. Presented as an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen image, the colours are very vibrant, detail levels are high and the black backstage environment is rendered very well. Flesh tones are very realistic and all in all this is a nice image considering it is filmed in a live stadium environment.
SoundAs with the image, the sound is not really worthy of comment on this type of disc. The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is perfectly functional but is purely focussed on vocals - I wouldn't expect anything more, but having watched Bill Baileys “Part Troll” DVD delivered in DD5.1, it is a shame that this disc didn't follow suite as it does make a difference, putting you “in the audience” with their laughter coming from all around you.
ExtrasWe've established that the main feature on this disc is not really any different to the previous Peter Kay stand-up DVD so one would hope that the extras justify the whopping £21.99 rrp. Well the short answer for me, was no. There is an “Unseen Encore” (4m31s) which is the final encore from his last night on tour - basically it is just Kay saying thank you to his tour crew and family before performing one of his beloved “sing-a-longs”
The main extra is a behind-the-scenes documentary called “One Hundred And Eighty - The Tour Documentary” (43m45s). This documentary follows Kay and his Tour Managers as they travel around the country. It mixes amateur footage, some interviews and some live performance footage. For Kay fans it is entertaining enough but the repeat viewing potential is fairly limited in my opinion.
Finally there are three “Amarillo” related features - the original Amarillo Comic Relief video (3m28s), an alternate video (4m) featuring different footage and a photo gallery.
VerdictIn it's own right, this release is a perfectly adequate comedy DVD - containing some very funny moments and a decent behind the scenes documentary. However, as a Kay fan I can't get away from the fact that this is being marketed as a new DVD, but the main content is identical to the previously released DVD - simply being performed at a different venue. This is a recommended DVD but please bear in mind the similarity in content to the previous release to avoid disappointment.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £21.99
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