'Blue Man Group: How to be a Megastar Live' comes to Blu-ray as a punchy 1080p widescreen 1.85:1 presentation of a multi-camera concert event. As there's a lot of black on stage, it helps that the black levels are nice and solid. There are one or two wide auditorium shots where the blacks are noticeably grey due to a badly set up 'locked off' camera but thankfully this view is not used very often. Shot against dark backgrounds, the colours stand out and are more vibrant - such as the colours of the BMG blue painted heads, coloured paint drums and LED lights.
There's no colour noise, no ringing to suggest over-sharpening and no grain. It looks like it was shot on a High Def video format with no gain applied, rather than film.
No complaints at all about the picture quality.
The audio on this disc comes in three flavours: PCM 2.0 Stereo, PCM 5.1 surround and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. The disc defaults to PCM 2.0 Stereo, so make sure you go into Setup to choose the option you want first. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is more enveloping and contains more bass than the PCM 5.1 surround. However, I found the PCM 5.1 mix to be cleaner and - to my ears - more pleasing, so I stuck with that for most of the show.
The sound is very clear with no applause drowning out the on stage performance. Only occasionally, the sound from the 'interactive' screen used on stage required the straining of one's ears in order to make out what the talking head was saying. The percussion instruments mixed with the live rock band really give the musical qualities of your amp a work out. In general, very good audio.
- Mono Makes a Plea 480i (6:34)
This is a short send up of a TV charity appeal on behalf of the good old CRT TV sets, now deemed to be redundant thanks to Plasma & LCD. An amusing BMG routine is included with group members apparently putting their heads inside TVs and having fun with the remote control.
- Inside the Tube 480i (38:50)
A fairly chunky PBS doco on the origins of the group and the members explain their inspiration and motivation. After seeing the show, you'll find this a fascinating insight. It explains how the effects are achieved and how the combination of Hi-Tech and Lo-Tech is delivered. Well worth watching.
- I Feel Love 480i (3:36)
A spoof music video using the 'I Feel Love' number. It was originally shot 4:3 but coloured borders have been added to fill out the 16:9 screen
'Blue Man Group: How to be a Megastar Live' is a well filmed , multi camera show that looks and sounds great on Blu-ray. They're an innovative group using percussion and lighting effects combined with a live rock group in a visually and sonically entertaining way.
The 1080p presentation is punchy and vibrant, while the audio makes the most of the new instruments the group have created.
The extras are well worth watching as they provide an insight into the history of the group as well as some additional material, not included in the 98 minute show.
After you've seen the show, you'll be interested enough to want to know more.
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