- Aug 10, 2019
Like the man and his music or not, Elton John has to be one of the most respected music artists around. So when I saw that his 60th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden was available on HD Blu-ray, I swept aside my distaste for the format and jumped in with both feet, eyes closed, and purchased this disc expecting a sublime audio/visual feast for the senses. As I have a substantial collection or "regular" DVD's, I re-package all my HD discs into DVD cases and print off inserts from the DVD version so they sit together nicely in the bookcase. I was really excited about watching this disc as it is effectively a MUSIC Blu-ray disc. My girlfriend and I sat down to watch the disc last night, undisturbed with some quiet snacks and some wine to savour the moment and then discovered someone had been fiddling with the AV settings as the audio was stereo only. So after checking, checking and re-checking EVERYTHING, we found that the disc DOES NOT HAVE A DD OR DTS AUDIO TRACK! The only audio available is STEREO or PCM 5.1 requiring a 6 channel connection I presume, which I have currenly on my SACD/DVD-A player. So I check the DVD insert and compare it with the BD insert, to discover the following:- DB content - 200 minutes of 1080i content in Stereo or PCM 5.1 DVD content - The same 200 minute concert in Stereo, PCM 5.1 AND DTS Digital, PLUS Live, rare and unseen footage of another 18 tracks, PLUS Eltons New York stories including another 5 tracks, Total of 330 minutes of content! And, the DVD is cheaper. So why on earth, with the capacity of a BD disc would they delete the DTS track and omit 130 minutes of content? Especially on a MUSIC disc. As the additional content on the DVD is archive stuff, anyone watching it on BD would accept the quality would not be HD. Overall then, as my expectations were high to begin with, I am very disappointed with this BD disc. Yet another failing for the format IMO. The picture quality is excellent as expected but if you really want the atmosphere of the concert, you will need a 6 channel connection, or buy the DVD and get over 60% more music content in DTS for less money.