Elvis Costello & The Imposters – Club Date: Live
In Memphis (Blu-ray)
Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B- Concert: B
Costello is on a roll. When I first
reviewed Elvis Costello & The
Imposters – Club Date: Live In Memphis on DVD, I wondered if it would be
strictly a Country-genre concert. With
Emmylou Harris, that seemed even more so.
However, Costello uses Country as only a starting point and the
resulting concert is one of the best we have seen lately, especially one taped
Vision has issued the program as one of its first Blu-ray concert
releases. Since it is so good,
consistent and has a length that was never a problem, it makes sense that this
would be part of their first wave of HD releases. My previous review can be found at:
it a little more here since the picture was clearer, which is always good so
the viewer can enjoy more and work (as in straining) less to take in how good
it is. The 1080i 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 digital
High Definition image was good on that DVD, but is that much better on this Blu-ray,
which is one of the nicest HD concert shoots of a good few dozen we have
already covered on standard DVD on this site.
Though this format does 1080p, it is more of a pleasure to sit through
despite minor definition and color limits.
The sound formats (PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1) are the same as
the previous discs, with the DTS again sounding the best, so much so that I am
surprised that this is not in DTS HD.
The DTS here is a tad better than the DVD.
initial five releases, this is second only to the Pat Metheny Group as the best
title so far from Eagle. With their
catalog of HD programs with high fidelity multi-channel sound, this is only the
beginning, making them the company to beat for music on HD.
- Nicholas Sheffo