SRP $19.98 1.78:1 1080i PCM 5.1 SONY BMG

DESTINY'S CHILD: LIVE IN ATLANTA has been released on blu-ray by SONY BMG. Filmed in July, 2005, during their farewell tour, it's certain to please fans of the group and even impress those unfamiliar with them.  Unlike many concert films, almost solely devoted to the performance of the songs, this one is about atmosphere as well and it's a "fun" atmosphere. It's hard to imagine not having "fun" at one of their shows. Sure, the girls can actually sing and their harmony is pleasing to the ears no matter the song, but they really look like they're enjoying the show, as does the audience.  There are "22" songs performed here, including:

 "Say My Name," "Independent Women," "No, No, No," "Bug A Boo," "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Bootylicious," "Jumpin' Jumpin'," "Soldier," "Dilemma," "Do You Know," "Baby Boy," "Naughty Girl," "Cater 2 U," "Girl," "Free," "If," "Through with Love," "Bad Habit," "Dangerously in Love," "Crazy in Love," "Survivor" and "Lose My Breath."

SONY BMG has provided a 1080"i"/MPEG-2 transfer with 1.78:1 aspect ratio.  Shot in High-definition, the concert has a great look to it for the most part, with colors appearing rich and popping off the screen. Some of the darker lit scenes lack fine detail, but these are few and far between.

SONY BMG has provided a PCM 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  While both are great, the PCM provides better bass and overall fidelity. There's not too much bass in either mix, but the dynamic range is great and well balanced. The high-ends sound terrific and the lyrics are perfectly discernible. A lengthy documentary is offered along with three audio only songs.