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Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary(2013)
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For more about Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary and the Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray release, see Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray Review published by Jeffrey Kauffman on October 21, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.
Starring: Hugh Laurie
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Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray Review
Reviewed by Jeffrey Kauffman, October 21, 2013
Longtime fans of Hugh Laurie, whether they be from his more recent tenure on House M.D or the now seemingly far distant Jeeves and Wooster, have always known that Laurie harbored a musical side to his persona which he frequently like to trot out on display. With House, M.D. having come to an end, it seems that Laurie is perhaps willing to spend more time making music a front and center activity, and this often charming concert aboard the Queen Mary proves that he's an able instrumentalist and at least a passable vocalist, sounding at times like a cross between Tom Waits and Randy Newman.
Laurie is quite an affable host in this concert, speaking at length and drawing more than a few boisterous laughs from the audience. But the highlight is the music, which tends to be in a kind of 1920s jump blues genre, replete with female backup vocalists and a nice mini-brass and reed contingent (including a female trombonist). Laurie's set list includes:
1. Hamp's Hump
2. Junco Partner
4. Kiss of Fire
6. Day and Night
7. The Weed Smoker's Dream
8. Didn't It Rain
9. Winin' Boy Blues
10. Louisiana Blues
11. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair
12. Wild Honey
13. Careless Love
14. Swanee River
15. I Hate a Man Like You
17. Go the the Mardi Gras
Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray, Video Quality
Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment with an AVC encoded 1080i transfer in 1.78:1. While certainly decently sharp looking and boasting some nicely saturated color, this presentation has a few minor anomalies that videophiles will notice. Contrast is a bit inconsistent, with a milky overlay robbing the image of clear differentiation between light values in at least a few shots. Noise also spikes noticeably when the camera pans over the audience in the darkest scenes. Otherwise, though, this is a sharp and clear looking presentation that boasts really good fine detail, especially in close-ups.
Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary features both a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix as well as an LPCM 2.0 stereo fold down. Both of these options offer sterling fidelity, presenting Laurie's somewhat raspy vocals very clearly and supporting the nice contributions of the rhythm section and the brass and reeds.
Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary is a very enjoyable, if musically rather narrowly focused, romp that finds Laurie and his band in fine form. There are a number of standouts on this set, including a great reading of Alan Price's fantastic "Changes" (not the Bowie tune), and Laurie makes sure to let his sidemen (and women) all shine at various times. Recommended.
Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray, News and Updates
• Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary Blu-ray - October 2, 2013
Eagle Rock Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Hugh Laurie: Live on the Queen Mary. This is the first full-length Hugh Laurie concert to be released on video. The Blu-ray release will be available for purchase online and in stores ...
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