‘Billy Connolly – Live in London 2010’ was shot digitally and comes to us on UK Region free Blu-ray (at least the check-disc supplied for review was) as a 1080p VC-1 encode, framed in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio to fill a widescreen TV.
To wax lyrical about the picture quality would be a joke as what we have here is a guy in a spotlight on a stage. All the same, there is a bit of judder on the image over the titles, which may have been caused by speeding up the footage in the editing software and not applying a flicker reduction filter. The image appears somewhat bright but the deep blacks of the auditorium are pretty inky and Billy’s skin tones are faithfully reproduced as he stands in a black T-shirt and vertically striped trousers. The whites don't flare, so the bright appearance must be caused by the use of two 45 degree spots of equal intensity which reduce the 'modelling' effect. Sharpness and contrast are very good throughout while the cameras follow him as he meanders across the stage. The occasional shot of the audience looked as if it had the gain fully wound up as the only lighting was focussed on the stage.
There’s not much more to say, other than it looks good for what it is.
The audio on ‘Billy Connolly – Live in London 2010’ comes as a Dolby Digital 2.0 track and the most you could say is that it is recorded correctly with no distortion. You can make out everything he says, and if anyone says they can’t understand his accent then they can read the English subtitles. They actually have the swear words superimposed on the screen – so even deaf people can take offence at Billy's language if they are of a sensitive disposition.
Zip, nada, nil, not one jot.
Billy Connolly’s latest stage show, ‘Billy Connolly – Live in London 2010’ comes to UK Region free Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 encode, framed at 1.78:1
The digitally shot image looks bright with deep blacks, good skin tones and acceptable contrast throughout.
The audio comes in a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix with well recorded, clear speech so the audience will hear all the jokes.
There are absolutely no extras at all on the disc unless you count the English subtitles, for those south of the border or hard of hearing.
While not Billy Connolly at his best due to a fair amount of ‘recycled’ material, it’s entertaining enough and the Hammersmith Apollo audience seemed to enjoy it. For those who missed the live shows, it’s the next best thing.
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