Ricky Martin – Live Black & White Tour (2007/Sony Music Blu-ray)
B Sound: B Extras: C Concert: C+
Except for Livin la Vida Loca, what
happened to Ricky Martin’s career after he brought the house down at the Grammy
Awards as a new wave of Latino Music would finally conquer the U.S.
market? Was the other music that
poor? Was he the wrong guess or choice
for its male ambassador? Was he badly
marketed? Was the wave overrated? Did Jennifer Lopez’s media frenzy kill the
movement and help to bury artists like him?
It is hard to say, but this did not stop Martin form having more album
and concert success, with undeniable commercial success coming from a loyal
audience. A great example of these fans
can be found with the Live Black &
White Tour concert now on Blu-ray.
As if to
show he is more than just a one-hit wonder who can stay in shape and dance,
this is not just a concert, but an elaborate sow that includes many dancers and
other performers, while still showing off his ambitious, energetic band and
giving his all. The show is set up as
Pegate/Raza de Mil Colores/Por
Arriba, Por Abajo (Medley)
This is Good
I Don't Care/Maria (mix with Hindu Dance Outro Music)
Gracias Por Pensar En Mi
Fuego De Noche, Nieve De Dia
She's All I Ever Had
Livin la Vida Loca
Somos La Semilla
I Am Made of You
Drop It On Me
Tu Recuerdo (w/ La Mari of Chambao)
can carry the show and is actually at his best singing in Spanish, becoming
more than just the next Tom Jones or the like.
I admit that I am no fan, but I do think he is not always given the
credit he deserves for how good he really is.
It is not easy these days to be a success without songs about
annihilation and stupidity, so his career on that level is more amazing than it
might first seem. Fans will like this,
but for those who are not, it is worth a look just to see he is more than a hit
record that has become fodder for pop trivialization or a punch line.
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is flatter than expected overall,
despite some great shots of the obviously expensive production and some great
lighting/color that manages to come through the taping. I was a bit disappointed and since so much is
going on, it is a shame the HD is not more detailed. The PCM 48/24 5.1 and 2.0 mixes are better
than the Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps) mix for older systems, the sound seems
like it was not conceived for multi-channel, made most obvious when Martin
sings. Still, it is one of the best
presentations of his work you can buy, but there is room for improvement the
next time he does a HD presentation. Extras
include a behind the scenes featurette and screensavers.
- Nicholas Sheffo