EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT has released "MICHAEL BOLTON: LIVE AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL" on blu-ray. Fans of Bolton will be very pleased with the presentation. The quality of this release, regarding the performance, image and sound, will likely make casual viewers into fans of the performer as well.
Shot in October of 2009, this performance for a sold-out audience, is comprised of many of his best songs, but also a few that are less impressive. Perhaps the best of what's offered, "HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS," is also the default selection playing over the main-menu. While his cover of "STEEL BARS" is sensational, other covers featured here, "WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN," "SITTIN' ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY," Gershwin's "SUMMERTIME," could easily have been left out, for many superior original songs. Casual viewers will likely be surprised to find that "MURDER MY HEART," another great offering, was co-written by Lady Gaga.
Throughout the 110 minute concert, Bolton proves age hasn't diminished his voice or overall presence. In fact, there's something contagiously pleasing in seeing that while time has gone on since his heyday, he actually comes across as much cooler "now" than when he did originally with the overly long hair. Bolton is at his best here, and this selection of back-up singers, integral to the on-stage presentation behind many songs, is also impressive. It's challenging for any viewer to not move their feet to the beat of the best song offerings!
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this AVC MPEG-4 1080i blu-ray. Various camera angles are effectively balanced, keeping the performance engaging, without ever becoming jarring. While there are minor artifacts occurring on occasion, the majority of the image is pleasing. Colors are vibrant and detail is often terrific!(Even at just 1080i!)
There are options for either DTS-HD MA 5.1, LPCM 2.0, and Dolby Digital 5.1. While the LPCM 2.0 mix has a nice quality, it's notably less dynamic than the lossy mix. The Dolby Digital mix isn't bad, but it's inferior in every way when compared to the majesty, perfect balance, perfect bass, found within the DTS-HD mix.
A nearly 30 minute interview(1080i) with Bolton, is included.