Tina Turner - One Last Time In Concert on DVD
Tina wraps up her tour, and apparently her touring, with a bang in this powerful
concert shot in 2000.
Now, weve never been really big Tina Turner fans, though weve liked
some of her stuff. But we arent aficionados such as populate the audience
of this Wembley Stadium bash - yet this concert still managed to blow us away!
It has such energy (feeding off Ms. Turner herself, undoubtedly) and such great
production values it made us wish wed been there.
Well, actually it doesnt. The last time we were at a big stadium-type
concert was U2s Pop tour, where we were on the stadium floor
and couldnt see a damn thing because of all the tall people standing on
their chairs between us and the stage. And the audio there was definitely live,
but muffled and blocked by the assembled multitude.
So, other than the electricity one gets from actually being there, well
take a good DVD of a concert any day, especially if its done in anamorphic
widescreen and has good sound that captures the power of the performers and
the ambience of the crowd.
And those are things this DVD does very well. The picture looks soft at times,
with strange colors, but in the end we concluded it was due to the lighting
and the effects on the stage because when it wants to, the picture
comes alive and just about leaps off the screen and into your home theater.
Well, maybe thats an exaggeration but you get the point.
Likewise the audio, which gives you the choice of Dolby Digital or dts 4.1
surround, is also very good indeed. Concert audio is rarely as good as that
you can get in the studio, for obvious reasons, but what may be lacking in finesse
and absolute fidelity is made up for in dynamic power - and this concert proves
that beyond a shadow of a doubt. The band is tight, the star is in fine voice,
and the producers have transmitted that to the home theater very well.
This is a Big Concert, with a full band, five backup signers/dancers and a
light/video show that undoubtedly signals ultra high original ticket prices.
And by the time the last song had flowed over us, we were nearly as exhausted
as we imagine the performers must have been - and all we had to do was put in
the disc and crank it up!
The concert itself covers Tinas career from the 1960s on, even
including her hit The Acid Queen from the 1975 movie of The Whos
Tommy. Heres a track list:
I want to take you higher
Absolutely nothing's changed
Fool in Love
River Deep Mountain High
We Don't Need Another Hero
Better Be Good To Me
Let's Stay Together
What's Love Got To Do With It
Whatever You Need
Try a Little Tenderness
I Heard it Through the Grapevine
Addicted to Love
Simply the Best
Nutbush City Limits
Twenty Four Seven
The backup band/singers get the chance to perform on their own, too, when Tina
periodically heads backstage to change into yet another outfit. The whole is
indeed greater than the sum of the parts.
For extras, you get an interesting back stage look at Tina and the concert
in which she comes off as a pretty decent individual. Its a neat look
at life behind the stage.
Whether youre a Tina Turner fan or not, this is definitely a concert
to enjoy. We wish theyd have included a center front channel because at
times we thought Tina got a little muddy and that might have been cleared up
by the use of this usually vital channel, but overall this is a fairly small
Tina Turner, One Last Time Live In Concert, from Eagle Vision
120 min. anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital and
dts 4.1 surround
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