Hall & Oates: Live at The Troubadour Los Angeles 2008 (Blu-ray) 2008 DTS-HD Master Audio


Thirty-five years since they last performed there as an opening act, Daryl Hall and John Oates returned to the Troubadour in May of 2008 to find the legendary Los Angeles club nearly unchanged. The same can't be said for the fourth-biggest act of the '80s (after Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince), and the best-selling duo ever

For two nights, they delighted fans with a nonstop barrage of unforgettable hits, all of which are included on this sensational two-hour concert. Now you can experience this sold-out, $200-ticket show in your own living room. 

Two-hour concert taped in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience, and featuring 19 songs, including all of their biggest hits. Features a fan-pleasing mix of classics such as "Private Eyes," "Maneater," "Kiss On My List," "Sara Smile," "She's Gone," "Rich Girl," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," "Family Man," and "You Make My Dreams," along with deep cuts and fan favorites. Six songs never before available on a live release, including "Everything Your Heart Desires" and "When The Morning Comes." 

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with VC-1, and granted a 1080i "live" transfer Hall & Oates: Live at the Troubadour arrives on Blu-Ray courtesy of Shout Factory.

I was very much looking forward to this release as I am an old fan of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Fortunately, my expectations were met and, in fact, exceeded by this competently put together by Should Factory package. First of all, the contrast is simply superb. One could easily tell that this is a freshly-recorded show as the strategically positioned cameras have captured practically everything you would want to see in a live show at home. Terrific angles, very strong close-ups, and an even more impressive balance is what we have here. Indeed, you won't be able to tell at all that different cameras were used to record the show – the transitions are that smooth. Furthermore, motion-judder is hardly an issue. In fact, I thought that for a live show Hall & Oates: Live at the Troubadour looked sensational. I did not notice any macroblocking or edge enhancement patterns either. Finally, the actual print is in immaculate condition – there are no scratches, jitters, or dust to report. (Note: Even though this Blu-ray disc is marketed as Region-A it is in fact Region-Free. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: Dolby True HD 5.1 and Stereo 2.0., and both of those match the excellent quality I witnessed in the video department. I opted for the Dolby True HD 5.1 track, when I first watched the entire concert, and, suffice to say, I am very impressed by what Shout Factory have given us. First of all, the quality of sound is terrific. The audio producers must have run a number of tests prior to recording the show as balance is top-notch. I could easily hear all of the instruments blended together and each time there was a solo (sax, guitar, etc) I did not hear sudden bursts of sound (as I've heard on quite a few recordings) disrupting the balance I mentioned above. On the contrary, what I heard coming from my speakers was a well rounded sound with a very studio-like qualities. The guitars in particular blend very well with the singing, and I definitely did not feel like missing portions of the performances due to improper mixing. This being said, the Stereo 2.0 track is slightly less active, and, logically, not as expansive as the Dolby True HD 5.1 track. As expected, clarity also seems to be lacking a bit with it. To sum it all up, Shout Factory have assembled a proficient presentation of Hall & Oates: Live at the Troubadour, which I am convinced will warm up the hearts of those of their fans that could not make it to LA.

 

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