Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band London Calling -Live in Hyde Park 2009 (Blu-ray) 2010 DTS-HD Master Audio


Captured in London at the Hard Rock Calling Festival on June 28, 2009, this film documents 26 tracks of live Springsteen that begin in daylight and progress through a gorgeous sunset into night. It conveys both the experience of being on-stage and the vast crowd experience of the festival environment.

 Viewers are able to see Springsteen spontaneously directing the E Street Band and shaping the show as it evolves. Rovi Rating:

London Calling: Live in Hyde Park is an ambitious concert documentary by any stretch of the imagination. First, there's the incredible length of the piece: Bruce and band come on stage and then rip through one song after another for an astonishing two hours and fifty-plus minutes. 

Bruce's set list includes:

London Calling 

Badlands

Night

She's the One

Outlaw Pete

Out in the Street

Working on a Dream

Seeds

Johnny 99

Youngstown

Good Lovin'

Bobby Jean

Trapped

No Surrender

Waiting' on a Sunny Day

Promised Land

Racing in the Street

Radio Nowhere

Lonesome Day

The Rising

Born to Run

Rosalita

Hard Times

Jungleland

American Land

Glory Days

Dancing in the Dark

Raise Your Hand

London Calling: Live in Hyde Park bursts onto Blu-ray with one of the best looking live concert images I've seen recently. Encoded via AVC and delivered with a 1080i "live" image in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, the concert looks sharp and incredibly well detailed from the first notes in the bright sunshine to Bruce's final "We love you" delivered in the black of night some three hours later. Bruce's black shirt is always clearly delineated from the dark backdrop, which speaks well of black levels and contrast, and colors (mostly in the audience and the sideboards off of the stage) look lifelike and are extremely well saturated. 

London Calling offers two lossless audio options, an LPCM 5.1 and an LPCM 2.0, and (somewhat strangely) a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I spent about 99% of the concert listening to the LPCM 5.1 mix, but toggled briefly to the uncompressed stereo mix and the DD 5.1 mix just for comparison's sake. This is a thumpingly bombastic soundtrack by any measure. Those of you who may have read my review of the new Tom Petty audio Blu-ray may remember I was a bit surprised at how low the bass was mixed on that effort, but there's none of that here. Live in London virtually assaults the listener with a very, very robust low end, which never dissolved into crackling or distortion. Bruce, truth be told, is not the greatest singer in the world, and his hoarseness does very occasionally get gobbled up in the mass of sound the band is putting out, but that's about the only complaint I have with this concert. Otherwise we get a remarkably clean and clear reproduction of the music with no obtrusive audience noise. Separation is excellent, but it's the remarkable fidelity that will impress most right off the bat. Turn this one up to 12--11 won't be quite enough

Video

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: LPCM 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

English: LPCM 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps) (less) 

Subtitles

None 

(less) 

Discs

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region A, B (C untested)

Unavailable

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