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Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour Live Blu-ray Review

katy-perry-prismatic-world-tour-live-bluray-coverU.S. Release (Region ABC)

The Performance

[Rating:4.5/5]

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I have to admit upfront that Katy Perry’s music is not really my thing, but watching her perform in The Prismatic World Tour Live was impressive. This is one of the most dazzling, eye-popping, exciting shows anyone can ever see. And coming from someone who is not a big fan of Ms. Perry’s, you know you can take that to the bank. The show was shot in December 2014 during Perry’s record-breaking appearance in Sydney, Australia. Performing in front of a towering, prism-shaped display, the show was segmented into seven acts, Prismatic, Egyptian, Catoure, Acoustic, Throwback, Hyperneon, Encore. She goes through numerous colorful costume changes, has a troupe of dancers, and puts on a high-energy, fun and friendly performance that includes her numerous #1 hits including “Roar,” “Firework,” “I Kissed a Girl” and “California Gurl”. This is magnificence and a show that even puts U2’s classic Zoo TV tour to shame.

Tracklist:

  1. Roar
  2. Part of Me
  3. Wide Awake
  4. This Moment / Love Me
  5. Dark Horse
  6. E.T.
  7. Legendary Lovers
  8. I Kissed a Girl
  9. Hot N Cold
  10. International Smile
  11. By the Grace of God
  12. The One That Got Away / Thinking of You
  13. Unconditionally
  14. Walking on Air
  15. It Takes Two
  16. This Is How We Do / Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
  17. Teenage Dream
  18. California Gurls
  19. Birthday
  20. Firework


Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

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The Prismatic World Tour was shot in HD and brought to Blu-ray from Eagle Rock in a1080i/60 AVC encodement. This is a dazzling show and, amazingly, with all the glitz, flashing lights and motion, the interlaced image comes across well with hardly any artifacts, and with bright lively colors and lots of detail.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

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Prismatic was recorded and mixed by Pete Keppler with 5.1 mixing and mastering by Adam Aryan at Gateway Mastering. The audio is offered up in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (96kHz/24-bit) and LPCM 2.0 (96kHz/24-bit) stereo options. The sound, despite being in high-resolution, is disappointing for this set. Everything sounds very loud and the high frequencies are over emphasized and fatiguing. While it does have a very big arena sound, there’s isn’t a strong sense of instrumental separation and it seems like everything is competing for the same space with very little dynamic range. Katy Perry’s voice does come through well, however and there’s good low end.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

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  • Behind the Scenes (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:10:02)
  • Stage Build Time Lapse (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:03:24)
  • Crew Tidbits (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:19:01)
  • Booklet with photos and credits


The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

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Katy Perry dazzles her fans and makes a strong case for attracting lots of converts to with the awesome The Prismatic World Tour Live concert video.

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