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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part I

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"Shakira: Oral Fixation Tour" (Blu-ray)

Shakira: Oral Fixation TourSynopsis
After wrapping up her world-wide sold out Oral Fixation Tour, Shakira is back with the Live Concert Blu-ray. Shakira delivers all of her smashes, such as "La Tortura" (featuring Alejandro Sanz), "Hips Don't Lie" (featuring Wyclef Jean), "Whenever, Wherever", and "Underneath Your Clothes."

Specifications

    • Sony BMG/Epic
      2007, Color, Unrated, 2 hours
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • 1080p
    • English/Spanish Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/Spanish PCM 5.1/2.0
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I can't say that I'm a big fan of Shakira, and until receiving this disc I'd only heard a few of her more popular tracks on the radio. This disc is her concert in Miami and is quite the production. Most of the songs are sung in Spanish so I had a hard time following, but I enjoyed the production value and music overall.

The concert also has some special guests. Fans of Shakira will probably love this as it is a great concert disc and one of the better productions I've seen in HD so far.

Technical

This may be the best looking concert video I've seen yet on any HD format. I was really impressed with Sony's recent Dave Matthews release on Blu-ray, but this one may go one step further. Considering how much is going on during this concert, including lighting and confetti, I'm amazed that there is an utter lack of compression artifacts. I was expecting some macro-blocking and banding but didn't really see any.

Colors are vivid, and detail is outstanding. Depth of image with the crowd is sensational, and fine detail of the artists is impeccable. Sony has truly delivered one of the best HD concert presentations I've seen yet with this one.

The soundtrack is delivered in both lossless Dolby TrueHD and uncompressed PCM. While both are quite good, they aren't quite as impressive as the Dave Matthews release in terms of dynamics and spatial quality. Shakira can sing better than I would have expected live though. Most of the more pop influenced artists these days don't sound very good live, but she sounds almost identical to the stuff I've heard on the radio. The balance of her singing, the band, and the crowd is excellent, and thankfully there wasn't any distracting hard pans to any instruments or vocals. I just thought that the dynamics of the instruments could have been a touch better.

Extras

This is a two-disc set. Disc two is a CD with six tracks from the performance included. The main disc has two documentaries of the tour, a video clip, two more live performances, and a photo gallery in HD.