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Lady Antebellum: Own the Night World Tour Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (29.970Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit), English LPCM 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 124 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Digital Copies: N/A
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • List Price: $19.98

Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Performance
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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The Performance

[Rating:3.5/5]

My extent of knowledge concerning Lady Antebellum is having spotted them very quickly performing live on the Today show. It’s not that I don’t like country music, it’s just that I like a different brand of country music than this country pop that Nashville continues to churn out. For me, when I think “country” I think Johnny Cash, Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, The Be Good Tanyas, Cowboy Junkies, Kathleen Edwards, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt; basically, real, honest to goodness, Americana and alt-country. Lady Antebellum doesn’t fit into that category anywhere. Instead, they are pretty much the same old, radio-ready, slickly produced “country” that we’ve been hearing out of Nashville for decades, you know, the kind with big vocal harmonies, lots of reverb, and hardly a traditional string band instrument in sight. With that said, Lady Antebellum has genetic ties to the business that may or may not have helped them become the next big thing that the industry in Nashville pushes out every few years. Member and singer Hilary Scott (lead and background vocals) is the daughter of country singers Linda Davis and Lang Scott while Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals) is the brother of musician Josh Kelley. The trio also includes Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin).

Lady Antebellum: Own the Night World Tour was filmed in June of 2012 in Little Rock, AK on the final weekend of the North American leg of the world tour before the band headed off overseas. The 90-minute set includes number 1 hits “We Owned the Night,” “American Honey,” and “I Run to You.” Unfortunately, rather than offer up a straight concert performance on disc, the musical performances are frequently interrupted with documentary-style backstage footage, press conferences, even personal video footage of the band. This is one pet peeve of mine when it comes to concert discs. Either give us the performances, or give us a documentary, but don’t try to squeeze them together. At least Lady Antebellum lays down some great, catchy harmonies here, even if their music still isn’t my cup of tea.

Track Listing:

  1. Intro
  2. We Owned The Night
  3. Stars Tonight
  4. The Road To Here
  5. Love Don’t Live Here
  6. The Red Piano
  7. Just A Kiss
  8. Rebuilding Through Music
  9. Dancin’ Away With My Heart
  10. From The Ground Up
  11. Our Kind Of Love
  12. Touring The World
  13. Perfect Day
  14. Club LaBellum
  15. American Honey
  16. Coming Full Circle
  17. Hello World
  18. Evolution Of A Song
  19. Wanted You More
  20. Connection With The Fans
  21. I Run To You
  22. Lookin’ For A Good Time
  23. The Next Chapter
  24. Need You Now
  25. We Owned The Night (Credits)

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Live concerts are always difficult to capture because of the extreme variations in lighting, the numerous camera, and other factors that come into play. We Own the Night World Tour, captured in high definition and provided in a 1080i/60 AVC/MPEG-4 encodement from Eagle Rock Entertainment, looks average for a live concert video, not the worst I have seen but far from the best. There are definite issues with combing and video noise, some clipping in the whites, and some softness of details. They also mix in various sources that aren’t high definition for the non-concert footage at times that are very obviously lacking in quality.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Perhaps its the nature of these country pop productions to start with, but this Lady Antebellum live concert disc leaves me unimpressed with its relatively cold, thin, and indistinct sound. Instrumental separation is just about nonexistent. I know I see a couple of electric guitars and even a mandolin on occasion, but they are buried so low in the mix and drenched in so much reverb, they might as well not be there. Forget about low end, because the kick drum might as well be a cardboard box being lightly tapped in the midst of a riot. Still, the vocal harmonies standout rather nicely, and it is definitely best to stick with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) track over the LPCM 2.0 (48kHz/24-bit), although the difference is subtle.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

If you’re a fan, you’ll definitely get a kick out of the five bonus tracks, which include a pretty straightforward cover of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” and a performance with Darius Rucker (of Hootie & the Blowfish fame).

The supplements:

  • What Goes Down Doesn’t Always Come Up (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:01:27) – The band tell of an embarrassing show mishap where their stage lift got stuck during a performance.
  • What Happens Backstage (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:08:35) – The band does a backstage Q&A with a small group of very happy fans and even sing one of their hits with one of their young admirers.

Bonus Tracks:

  1. Good Life
  2. Love’s Lookin’ Good On You
  3. Love This Pain
  4. Sweet Emotion
  5. Black Water featuring Darius Rucker & Thompson Square

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

Sugary, slickly produced, country pop explodes onto Blu-ray with this release from Nashville’s latest sensation, Lady Antebellum. The tightly woven harmonies are infectious, but the production doesn’t make for great audiophile sound on this Blu-ray release.

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Performance
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]


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