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Jonas Brothers
The 3D Concert Experience
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 89 Minutes

Starring: Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift

Directed by: Bruce Hendricks

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: Bonus Songs, Up Close & Personal with The Jonas Brothers, Digital Copy 

Specs: 1.85:1 Widescreen 1080p High Defintion, English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (24 Songs)

Released: June 30th, 2009

 

 

"Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" is presented in 1080p high definition, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It's hard to gauge video quality with the 3-D version since it's a lot of red and blue, but rest assured it's a pretty sharp image. Also sharp is the 2-D version — where the details may not pop out at you, but are a lot clearer. Color saturation is quite bold without smearing, while black levels are strong and fleshtones are quite good. The concert stage where much of the movie takes place is also well-refined, marked by blue and red tinted lighting. The segments outside the concert also look strong, be it a dimly-lit hotel room or the greens of Central Park. The transfer is also clean, free of blemishes or any sort of unwanted marks. The overall image quality is remarkably crisp, and impeccably detailed. I'm sure some young girls in homes with nice set-ups will reach out and touch the screen...

 

For those looking to be at a Jonas concert, or re-live on, Blu-ray is definitely the way to go: Disney has bestowed a 7.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio track upon this movie, which is pretty kicking. The singing is always clear, while the music is spread out rather richly through the channels without being too overwhelming (the screams from the girls, however, are a different story — sometimes). Imaging and panning of the music is largely excellent, and bass levels are deep. Fidelity is also quite high, which really makes you feel like you're in the audience. The filmed segments outside the concert also sound nice, as the dialogue is crisp and sound effects (be it traffic or footsteps) have a presence. In all, there is plenty of range here. For what this movie is about, this track does not disappoint.

A Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track is also included, plus subtitles in English, French and Spanish. 

 




The major supplement here is the 15 minute Up Close & Personal With The Jonas Brothers. Narrated by the brothers, we see lots of prep and rehearsals for their Burnin' Up tour, plus the lead up to the actual shoot for the movie. Of course, it takes a lot of work and talented people to bring a tour like theirs together, and it's nice some of these people in the background get some of the spotlight. Truthfully though, I found the narration distracting — it's meant as if the brothers are speaking directly to their fans, but a lot of it sounds forced and goes on for way too long. This would have been better if they just let the filmed clips do the talking. Nonetheless, I bet every Jonas fan will go ga-ga for this.

Two Bonus Songs are also on the disc, for "Love Bug" and "Shelf."Also included is a DVD copy of the movie (which is in 2-D only), plus a Digital Copy to take with you on the go. Four pairs of 3-D glasses for the Blu-ray version.

Finally, this is an Extended Version of the theatrical film. Since I didn't see this one in theaters, I couldn't tell you which songs and material are new — it's all pretty seamless. Still, I'm sure the die-hard Jonas followers will figure out what's new, and swoon swoon swoon.
 
 

This Jonas Brothers concert movie certainly fell short at the box office in comparison to last year's Miley Cyrus concert movie, but since the Jonas Brothers have a legion of followers, it should do fine on Blu-ray and DVD. The concert film's presentation is top-notch, and is probably the closest thing to attending one of the shows. The extra features are minimal, but for those who have a Blu-ray player, this is the version to go with: the only way to get the 3-D, plus a DVD copy of the movie AND a digital copy. Having all these formats in the package is just like the band these days: ubiquitous.