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Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar Blu-ray

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Rhino Music | 2008 | 75 min | Unrated | Nov 04, 2008

Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar (Blu-ray)

Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0

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Extras 2.8 of 52.8
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Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar Blu-ray features mediocre video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

After playing to capacity crowds throughout 2006 and 2007, Blue Man Group's How to Be a Megastar Tour hits the road again in 2008. The live rock show takes the audience through a satirical workshop on how to create the perfect rock concert experience. In the process, they celebrate, skewer and otherwise deconstruct rock stardom in all of its narcissistic glory. Expanding on the Rock Concert Manual concept from The Complex Rock Tour, this time around the Blue Men download a new how-to manual that takes the audience through a uniquely clever and interactive show that guarantees to deliver hypnotic entertainment for all ages.

For more about Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar and the Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar Blu-ray release, see Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar Blu-ray, Video Quality

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The Blue Man Group: How to be a Mega Star Live beats its way on to the Bluray format in a 1080i/VC-1 encode, framed at a screen filling 1:78:1 aspect ratio. The best way to describe the picture quality of this release is inconsistent. From the top, I could not find any issues with the source, it appears clean and artifact free. Black levels are satisfactory, but not as inky black as I have seen from other concert releases. Colors are excellent (a Blue Man trademark), extremely vivid, well saturated, and just pour out of the screen like a liquid rainbow. They were so well done, it made you forget you were looking at a black background that was not quite dark black. Contrast was spot on, as white looked white, and not bleached white. Detail on close shots was very good, doing a decent job of revealing various details on the percussive instruments, clothing, and revealing there was a stocking with blue paint over the groups heads fairly easily. However all was not rosy, as I continually saw long shots that had compression errors that dogged them. Up close lines were easily definable, detail was easily seen, and colors appeared unsmeared and clearly demarcated. On long shots that changed completely revealing blurred lines, smearing colors, and a noticeable lack of detail. When things look this bad, I always have to get a second look on a different display, but on my 50" Pioneer Kuros it was the same effect, although not nearly as bad as a result of being a smaller display than my reference. Overall I found the picture quality fair, but falling far short of the other concert videos I have reviewed.

Blue Man Group: How to Be a Megastar Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Rhino brings three audio choice to BMG How to be a Mega Star , a uncompressed 5.1 PCM encoded at 24/48khz, a Dolby Digital encode at 640kbps, and a stereo uncompressed two channel stereo encode at 24/48khz. No doubt the 5.1 PCM mix is far superior, is highly dynamic, enveloping, and is system challenging in the bass department at high levels. The use of the 360 degree sound field is excellent, with a lot of channel separation between elements in the mix. The various PVC based percussive instruments tonal textures were well fleshed out, revealing changes in pitch at the slightest lengthening or shortening of the individual PVC pipes. The use of the LFE channel was exceptionally potent, leaving my pant legs flapping throughout the entire concert with its power. The big bass drum whack produced a fundamental tone at 30hz, and sub harmonic tones down to about 25hz or so. When the various percussion instruments are played in mass, lesser speakers and subs will tend to mesh everything together in one congealed mass. A good speaker system and good subwoofer with an excellent transient response will be able to distinguish each whack and hit of the drum heads with ease, and maintain an ability to separate and give air to each element in the mix.

Comparing the different audio choices, I found little difference between the 5.1 PCM and 2.0 PCM except the additional channels provided more envelopment, and better conveyed the venue ambience and overall sound design. The Dolby Digital sounded a little fuzzy in the transient edges of drum hits, had an overall truncated sound field, and felt just a hair less impactful than the other two presentations.

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