Stevie Wonder: Live At Last -A Wonder Summer Night O2 Arena, London 2008 (Blu-ray) 2009 DTS-HD Master Audio


This is Stevie's first EVER official DVD release!! Filmed at the O2 Arena, London, UK on September 30th and October 1st 2008 in front of 15,000 people, this show was part of the A Wonder Summer Nights Tour which visited the US, Europe and the UK as well as Australia and New Zealand. 

1. Intro / All Blues 2. As If You Read My Mind 3. Master Blaster (Jammin') 4. Did I Hear You Say You Love Me 5. All I Do 6. Knocks Me Off My Feet 7. Uk Medley* 8. Higher Ground 9. Spain 10. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing 11. Visions 12. Living For The City 13. Part-Time Lover 14. Overjoyed 15. Lately 16. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life 17. My Cherie Amour 18. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) 19. Sir Duke 20. I Wish 21. Isn't She Lovely 22. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life 23. I Just Called To Say I Love You 24. You Are The Only One (Snippet) 25. Superstition 26. So What The Fuss 27. As 

*UK MEDLEY TRACKS ARE London Bridge Is Falling Down (Traditional) * Fool On The Hill (The Beatles) * I Wanna Hold Your Hand (The Beatles) * I Can't Get No Satisfaction (Rolling Stones) * That's What Makes The World Go Around (The Sword In The Stone - Disney)

 

This is a fantastic looking show! Filmed at the O2 Arena, London, UK on September 30th and October 1st 2008, Stevie Wonder: Live at Last should impress even the most demanding of the legendary musician's fans. Multiple strategically positioned cameras provide a variety of different looks at Stevie and his band - there are plenty of close-ups as well as panoramic shots. The overall quality of the transfer is strong.

There are three audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1. I opted for the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the other two tracks for the purpose of this review.

I must say that the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is likely to be received differently by different people. In terms of dynamics, it certainly is very convincing. There are no disturbing balance issues to report either. This being said, I must point out that there are large portions from the show where the audience is surprisingly prominent. I personally was not bothered by it, but I could certainly see how some viewers might be slightly turned off by the excessive noise. 

The LPCM 2.0 track is strong. Obviously, it lacks the depth and fluidity of the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, but it does eliminate at least some of the excessive noise mentioned above. This being said, there are no mastering issues that I detected with it. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is the weakest one. This is not to say that there is something terribly wrong with it, but I am convinced that after experimenting with the other two tracks, most of you will end up choosing between the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track (because of its depth and impressive range of dynamics) and the LPCM 2.0 track (because of the noise reduction). For the record, I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, or hissings on any of the three audio tracks.  

 

Discs

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)

Playback

Region free  

Actors: Stevie Wonder, Aisha Wonder 

Format: Color 1080P

Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio  5.1), English (PCM Stereo) 

Region: All Regions 

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 

Number of discs: 1 

Rated: NR (Not Rated) 

Studio: Motown 

DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009 

Run Time: 134 minutes 

UPC: 602517986862

Live Concerts: LC038

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