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
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 16x9 Widescreen, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080i "live" transfer, The Killers: Live From The Royal Albert Hall arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Def Jam/Universal Music Distribution.
Recorded earlier this summer, The Killers: Live From The Royal Albert Hall is undoubtedly one of the most striking music discs to reach my desk in 2009. The entire show looks incredible - and I don't mean only the quality of the actual presentation; the camera work is beyond impressive. Captured with state-of-the-art technology, The Killers: Live From The Royal Albert Hall is a never-ending panorama of spectacular visuals that give one a true sense of what the atmosphere inside the famous venue was while the Las Vegas-based rockers were rocking their fans. Multiple, strategically positioned cameras provide all sorts of different views at the unique stage, cheering fans and backstage action.
The 1080i "live" transfer is excellent. Detail is terrific, clarity fantastic and contrast outstanding (the stage lighting is truly one of a kind) throughout the entire show. The color-scheme is also very impressive - yellows, reds, blues, greens, grays, blacks and whites will fill up your screen the moment you pop the disc in your player.
Motion-judder is not an issue of concern, though a few times I noticed a bit of mild blurring as the camera was zooming over the fancy stage. There are certainly no disturbing shadow effects to report either. All in all, if you desperately wanted to see The Killers performing live at the Royal Albert Hall this summer, but couldn't make the trip to London, you want to get a hold of this Blu-ray disc as soon as possible!
(Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location).
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
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (less)
English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian
English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian (less)
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Actors: The Killers
Directors: Dick Carruthers
Format: Live, Anamorphic, Surround Sound
Language: English (DTS-HD 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 16x9 Widescreen
Number of discs: 1
DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
Run Time: 105 minutes
Live Concerts: LC060