Includes the full live show from Buenos Aries as well as exclusive footage filmed behind the scenes during the course of the tour.
Madonna’s most recent stage extravaganza, the ‘Sticky & Sweet’ concert, will be released on April 6th, it was announced today by Live Nation, the world s largest live music company. ‘Sticky & Sweet’, which was produced by Live Nation, was the most successful tour by a solo artist in history and was seen by over 3.5 million fans in 32 countries around the world.
The show, which will be distributed by Warner Bros Records, will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD and will include many of the Material Girls hits from the course of her unprecedented career including, ‘4 Minutes,’ ‘Like a Prayer, ‘Hung Up’ and ‘Ray of Light’. Filmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans. Also included are several hits from the
multi-Grammy winners most recent CD ‘Hard Candy’ which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries.
The DVD also includes 30 minutes of exclusive footage filmed behind the scenes during the course of the tour.
‘Part concert, part block party and all fun, there is still only one Madonna,’ raved the Oakland Press in their review of the ‘Sticky & Sweet’ Tour.
‘A night of triumph and defiance…
A two hour multi-media juggernaut,’ glowed the LA Times.
‘Our lady of perpetual motion…This may be the best tour shes ever stitched together,’ claimed the NY Post.
Intro: The Sweet Machine
Candy Shop Medley
Beat Goes On Medley feat. Kanye West
Die Another Day 2008
Into The Groove 2008
She’s Not Me
Rain/Here Comes The Rain Again
Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
La Isla Bonita Medley
Me Darava/Doli Doli
You Must Love Me
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Get Stupid Medley
4 Minutes feat. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland
Like A Prayer 2008
Ray Of Light
Like A Virgin
Hung Up Medley
Give It 2 Me
Madonna: Sticky and Sweet arrives on Blu-ray with an often audacious AVC encoded image offered in 1080i and in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio- 16×9 Widescreen. There is simply no way to separate the live performance footage from the projections and other film elements thrown into the mix here, because they are blended together so seamlessly that it’s often hard to tell exactly “where” you are, image wise, as the concert progresses. Colors here are astoundingly brilliant and beautifully saturated. There are several literally breathtaking moments. I was especially impressed by the Chinese triptych sort of silk screen moments in the “Rain/Here Comes the Rain Again” Medley, where a beautifully array of greens and blues were on display. But the entire concert looks really, really good, with Madonna looking downright unreal for an almost 52 year old. Every fly away hair on her blonde tresses is easily visible. There was one brief moment of video noise on what looked to be an overly processed shot of the stadium audience in the dark, but aside from that, no artifacting of any kind was noticeable.
There are several different sources used here, from film to video, with a lot of CGI and other techniques employed, so be prepared for some “texture” differences to show up repeatedly. Contrast and black levels are both exceptional, and this is one concert that should delight most videophiles purely on an image quality standpoint, divorced from the actual content of those images.
You may not like all, or even some, of the music presented here, but the DTS-HD 5.1 mix, as well as the LPCM 2.0 fold down, are unbelievably strong and robust. Your subwoofer kicks into high gear almost immediately with the dual low frequencies of the audience stamping their feet and clapping and the ominous growl of the synthesizers announcing Madonna’s immanent arrival. In fact you might almost think you’re about to watch a typical summer blockbuster, so overpowering is this low end assault kicking off the concert. Things are just remarkably clear and precise throughout the two plus hours of Sticky and Sweet, with absolutely top notch clarity from the frequently thumping bass to the spacier high synth voices. Madonna’s voice easily cuts through the band’s mass and the lyrics are always easily heard. Surround channels perhaps reveal a bit too much of the audience’s roars from time to time, temporarily drowning out the music, and so for that reason some more sensitive listeners may actually prefer the 2.0 mix, which is considerably narrower and keeps the audience sounds distinctly in the background. The 5.1 mix does offer a much grander soundfield, including much more noticeable reverb at times
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 16×9 Widescreen
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0 (less)
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Directors: Nathan Rissman, Nick Wickham
Format: Surround Sound
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
Run Time: 105 minutes
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