Chicago & Earth Wind And Fire: Live at The Greek (Blu-ray) 2008 Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio Very Rare

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The teaming of legendary groups Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire was the tour hit of the summer. Playing to sold-out venues, this spectacular show brought the GRAMMY-winning artists together. 

in a show that both individually and together highlighted their revolutionary melding of rock, soul and jazz as well as their numerous #1 and Top 10 hits. Rovi Rating  

Now you can have a front-row seat for this amazing concert, performed at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Every moment, all the energy and excitement of this final show of the tour, was captured in high-definition for this extraordinary Blu-ray.


Earth, Wind & Fire Set: Magic Mind - Boogie Wonderland - System of Survival - Jupiter - Getaway - Serpentine Fire - Kalimba Story - Got to Get You into My Life - The Way You Move - After The Love Has Gone - That's The Way of the World - Reasons - Fantasy - Let's Groove - Mighty Mighty 

Chicago Set: Make Me Smile - Color My World - If You Leave Me Now - Call on Me - Alive Again - Hard Habit to Break - Mongonucleosis - Old Days - Just You n' Me - Saturday in the Park - Feelin' Stronger - I'm a Man - Hard to Say I'm Sorry Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire Finale: September - Free - Sing a Song - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? - Shining Star - 25 or 6 to 4.

Chicago and Earth, Wind, & Fire: Live at the Greek Theater is presented on Blu-ray in 1080i high definition, framed at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. Image Entertainment has released a nice looking disc here that isn't as stunning as Shakira, but more than holds its own. As is the case with every concert I've reviewed to date, black levels are deep and true. Detail is solid if not a bit unremarkable. Tng the various instruments and backgrounds on the stage are fairly bland and lifeless, notably during the Chicago segment. Earth, Wind & Fire bring some life and pizazz to the show not only through their energy and tempo, but in the vibrancy of their clothing and instruments as well. The colorful outfits and instruments not only look great on this disc, but also compliment the band's style very well. Like many concerts, the stage is bathed in varying lighting schemes, and the transfer never misses a beat in reproducing them with lifelike clarity. Unfortunately, some artifacts and jagged edges are seen in the image. While I would label this transfer as fairly average in appearance, that's not a bad thihing, because in the world of Blu-ray high definition, average is pretty spectacular in its own right, and if studios like Image continue to release concerts that appear as solid and pleasing as this one, especially at a bargain price point, Blu-ray fans and live show enthusiasts are going to be in for a treat in the years to come.

Chicago and Earth, Wind, & Fire: Live at the Greek Theater plays on Blu-ray via several audio options: a DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless mix, a linear PCM 2.0 track, and a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I sampled all three, and played the majority of the program with the DTS mix. This audio experience is a pleasing enough one. The 5.1 lossless mix never misses a beat; the sound field is solid, engaging, and fairly lifelike. It's not a perfect mix, however, and is perhaps the weakest concert disc I've reviewed yet, sonically, but only by the slimmest of margins. Crowd noise doesn't come across as perfectly rendered; I never felt like I was actually at the Greek and mingling amongst the crowd. Instead, there is a sense of isolation and a lack of warmth in that regard. Fortunately, the music itself fares very well. Lyrics sometimes sound trumped by the instruments, but those instruments sure do pack a wonderful wallop. Every instrument is rendered remarkably well and comes through the sound system with crystal-clear clarity. The DTS track, especially, offers fantastic imaging. The sound travels all across the soundstage for an exciting, enveloping experience. Deeper bass doesn't become too pronounced or violent, but it blends perfectly into the soundtrack as a whole. At my reference volume, the presentation was neither too loud nor too quiet, striking the perfect balance between obnoxiously loud and undefined and too quiet and timid for a rocking good time of a concert.


Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1


English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0 (less) 





25GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)


Region free 

Actors: Chicago, Wind & Fire Earth 

Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen 

Language: English 

Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.) 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 

Number of discs: 1 

Rated: NR (Not Rated) 

Studio: Image Entertainment 

DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008 

Run Time: 172 minutes




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