September 30, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
You don’t just have to be a movie fan to appreciate the high-resolution beauty of Blu-ray. I tend to give concert DVDs many more repeat viewings than movie DVDs, and it looks like November is shaping up as a watershed month for concert Blu-ray discs.
It’s sweet to see Blu-ray picking up steam and giving us more options for such sharp, rich and full sounding live music, not to mention better video quality. And since MHD (or Palladia now) shows the same dozen concerts every day, high-def music on TV has been relatively limited.
For Beatle-maniacs, November 18 will be a big day, as A&E has announced that as the release date for Paul McCartney’s “The Space Within Us,” to come out on Blu-ray—the first by the legendary performer. High-Def Digest says it makes use of 20 HD cameras, and carries an SRP of $34.95, though Blu-ray.com notes you can pre-order it from Amazon for $23.95.
Also on Nov. 18 will be the release of “The Who: Kilburn 1977,” for some vintage footage of the British rock legends. This one apparently has earlier footage thrown in as well from 1969 that should make it a bloody good disc, especially for the $20.95 pre-order tag.
Speaking of pre-order, Best Buy’s exclusive “The Police: Certifiable” Blu-ray disc and 2-CD set has been available since the beginning of August and will chronicle one of the band’s reunion gigs in South America last year. Fortunately I snapped mine up when it was $24.99, but the $34.99 current price still seems like a solid figure for the package deal, which will hit shelves on November 11.
The icing on the cake in November comes from Canada. Fans of uber drummer Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee will be ecstatic to see and hear Rush in Blu-ray format. The rock trio will have its “Snakes & Arrows Live” Blu-ray with a full concert from their recent tour plus plenty of bonus features available on November 25. This one’s also on pre-order from Amazon at a nifty $20.99 right now.
If those aren’t enough to whet your musical appetites, other November Blu-ray releases include titles from Tom Petty, Sundance Channel’s “Live from Abbey Road” series and Neil Young’s first catalog bonanza.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.