U2: 360° at the Rose Bowl [Blu-ray] (2010) DTS-HD Master Audio


U2 360° At The Rose Bowl was the penultimate gig of last year's U2360° tour in support of their Grammy-nominated album No Line on The Horizon. The Rose Bowl performance was the band's biggest show of 2009 and U2's biggest ever US show, with a live audience in excess of 97,000. The show was also streamed across seven continents via YouTube. The first ever live streaming of a full-length stadium concert, U2360° at the Rose Bowl had over 10 million views on the channel in one week. 


Get On Your Boots


Mysterious Ways

Beautiful Day

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of

No Line On The Horizon


In A Little While

Unknown Caller

Until the End of the World

The Unforgettable Fire

City of Blinding Lights


I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight

Sunday Bloody Sunday


Walk On


Where The Streets Have No Name

Ultra Violet (Light My Way)

With Or Without You

Moment Of Surrender

Presented in a 16x9 Widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080i transfer, U2 360° at the Rose Bowl arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Island Records/Universal Music. 

Recorded with multiple strategically positioned HD cameras, U2 360° at the Rose Bowl looks great. Clarity is excellent and contrast levels terrific. The fantastic light effects also look great in high-definition. Mild motion-judder is present but it is never an issue of concern. The color-scheme is fantastic - the reds, blues, yellows and greens are as vibrant and rich as the ones I witnessed during the Chicago show. The actual camerawork is also very impressive, allowing one to get a good feel of what the atmosphere during the actual show was. Finally, while watching U2 360° at the Rose Bowl I did not see any transfer-specific anomalies to report in this review. All in all, this is an excellent presentation of a truly remarkable concept show. (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: English LPCM 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. I opted for the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and later did a few random comparisons with the other two tracks for the purpose of this review. 

The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is very strong. The bass is strong and punchy, the surround channels intelligently used and the high-frequencies pleasing. The separation between Bono's singing and the music is good, though there are some minor balance issues during certain songs ("Elevation" and "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"). The crowd noise is prominent but certainly not overwhelming.

The English LPCM 2.0 track is quite disappointing. It lacks the depth and fluidity of the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, and it also has some noticeable balance issues ("One"). Finally, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track fares slightly better against the English LPCM 2.0 track, but, again, it cannot replicate the dynamic intensity of the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. This is very obvious during" Vertigo", "I Still Have Not Found What I'm Looking For" and "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)". 


Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1


English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) (less) 


English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German 

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German (less) 


50GB Blu-ray Disc

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Single disc (1 BD)



Region free 

Bono (Actor), Adam Clayton (Actor), Tom Krueger (Director) | Rated: NR | Format: Blu-ray

Actors: Bono, Adam Clayton, Jay-Z, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge

Directors: Tom Krueger

Producers: Audrey Davenport, Ford Englerth, Katherine Allen, Malcolm Gerrie, Ned O'Hanlon

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

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Number of discs: 1

Rated: NR (Not Rated)

Studio: Interscope

DVD Release Date: June 3, 2010

Run Time: 131 minutes


Live Concert: LC005



Shot entirely in HD, the concert was filmed with 27 cameras and directed by Tom Krueger who had previously worked on U23D, the first live action 3D concert movie taken from U2's Vertigo Tour. Available in standard and two disc deluxe DVD formats, U2360° At The Rose Bowl will also be U2's first concert available in Blu-ray. The deluxe formats and the Blu-ray will feature a new documentary called Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360°, with new interviews from U2, Paul McGuinness and the team behind the touring production.


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