The Killers: Live From Royal Albert Hall 2009 (Blu-ray) 2009 DTS-HD Master Audio


Now The Killers know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. On July 5-6th, during their 8-country European festival tour, the multi-platinum VMA Award-winning, Grammy-nominated band performed two historic nights at the legendary Kensington venue.

 LIVE FROM THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, The Killers' first official DVD release, is a spectacular 22-song live concert experience - filmed in HD (with `Fan's Eye View' alternative camera angle) and full 5.1 sound. Killers fans will appreciate how faithful LIVE FROM THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL is to the band's sight and sound onstage. Moreover, the songs cut across all four of the Killers' album releases, from their debut Hot Fuss ("Somebody Told Me," "Smile Like You Mean It," "Mr. Brightside," "All These Things That I've Done," "Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine"); to Sam's Town ("For Reasons Unknown," "Bling (Confessions Of A King)," "Sam's Town (acoustic)," "Read My Mind," "The River Is Wild," "Bones," "When You Were Young"); to Sawdust ("Shadowplay," "Sweet Talk"); and Day & Age ("Human," "This Is Your Life," "The World We Live In," "Joy Ride," "I Can't Stay," "Losing Touch," "Spaceman," "A Dustland Fairytale"). 

The DVD, who's running time is over 2 hours, is packed with bonus extras - starting with an additional five songs from the festival tour: "Tranquilize" (live at the Oxegen Festival in Ireland, July 12th); "Human" and "Mr. Brightside" (from Hyde Park in London on June 26th); and "Smile Like You Mean It" and "When We Were Young" (from the V Festival in August). A behind-the-scenes documentary, including interviews with crew and fans, rounds out the bonus content on the DVD. 

LIVE FROM THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL was produced by Jim Parsons and directed by Dick Carruthers, whose credits include The Who Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2000), and long-form live performance DVDs with Oasis, Noel Gallagher, Keane, Van Morrison, Kaiser Chiefs, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, White Stripes, and many others. 

SET LIST 1. Human 2. This Is Your Life 3. Somebody Told Me 4. For Reasons Unknown 5. The World We Live In 6. Joy Ride 7. I Can't Stay 8. Bling (Confession Of A King) 9. Shadowplay 10. Smile Like You Mean It 11. Losing Touch 12. Spaceman 13. A Dustland Fairytale 14. Sam's Town (Acoustic) 15. Read My Mind 16. Mr. Brightside 17. All These Things That I've Done 18. Sweet Talk 19. This River Is Wild 20. Bones 21. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine 22. When You Were Young EXTRAS Behind-the-scenes documentary including interviews with crew and fans.

BONUS FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

Tranquilize - Oxegen Festival Human - Hyde Park Mr. Brightside - Hyde Park Smile Like You Mean It - V Festival When You Were Young - V Festival  

There are three audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: Music DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Music LPCM 2.0, and Music 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. 

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is solid. It offers a full and rich sound that will fill up your room and make you feel as if you were at The Royal Albert Hall. Brandon Flowers' singing is crisp and clear, Dave Keuning's guitar solos very easy to distinguish, Mark Stoermer's bass blending well, and Ronnie Vannucci's drums adding a strong rhythm to the energetic music. This being said, at times some of the high-frequencies tend to be a bit subdued, perhaps because of the prominent role the audience has. On the positive side, however, during many of the songs, balance is practically perfect. 

Dynamically, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is undoubtedly superior to the other two tracks found on this Blu-ray disc. I tested a number of different songs - "Spaceman", "The World We Live In", and "All These Things That I've Done" - and the sound is certainly far richer and well rounded on the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. For the record, I did not detect any problematic audio dropouts to report on this review 

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Killers
Live From the Royal Albert Hall
Music Video & Concerts, Rock
Rock, Musicvideo - Music Video (Concert / Performance)
10 November 2009
The Killers
Dick Carruthers
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Blu-ray Disc
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