Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2010 // 110 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // July 23rd, 2011
If your enemy refuses to be humbled...destroy him!
"Filmed in high definition at Wembley Arena in April 2010, this Blu-ray captures Bad Company doing what they do best, playing great songs to packed arenas with fantastic energy. Original members of the band, supplemented by Howard Leese on guitars and Lynn Sorensen on bass, deliver a setlist featuring all of the band's classic hit, live fan favorites and some rarely heard gems to create the ultimate Bad Company live experience." -- Excerpt from back of Blu-ray case
There are certain songs, albums and bands that can invoke a time and place to make listeners feel warm and fuzzy inside. So much so that listening to those songs overpowers any other personal memories. Bad Company is one of those bands. Their catchy tunes remind me of being in Wisconsin on a lake in the summer. When a band can evoke those kinds of memories, you know that they're doing something right. Bad Company is just that kind of music.
The English band Bad Company has been a staple on almost every classic rock station from their inception. The band is made up of two members of the band Free (singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke) plus ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson's bassist Boz Burrell. Their biggest hits came in the 1970s with songs like "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Bad Company" (natch), "Can't Get Enough" and "Shooting Star." Although their popularity has ebbed over the years, they are still a uniquely sought after band with enough hits to make their shows a draw for many rock and roll fans.
The band's newest concert on DVD and Blu-ray is Bad Company: Live at Wembley and features the band playing some of the biggest hits to a very appreciative crowd. During the concert's nearly two hour run time fans can expect a few deep cuts ("Deal with the Preacher"), a lot of big hits (see above) and even a few rock and roll classics (my personal favorite was the Lieber/Stoller penned "Young Blood," covered by everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to The Coasters). The music here feels fresh and raw, essential for an electrically charged rock concert. Paul Rodgers voice is still as tough as it was almost forty years ago (when they formed in 1973) and the band is tight, taut and energetic. While I can't say this is my favorite band to watch for two hours, they played enough of their big hits to keep me entertained. The concert itself isn't anything fancy. Bad Company doesn't take a cue from U2 or any of the big budget bands that make the stage as much of a spectacle as the songs. There are a few banners and lighting moments, but overall Bad Company is about the music, plain and simple.
It's probably been said more times than anyone can count, but music is a very subjective art form -- one man's Smashing Pumpkins (who I can't stand) is another man's Phil Collins (who I can stand). Bad Company: Live at Wembley is a lot of musical muscle that gets the job done, and then some. This is certainly a highly recommended disc for fans of the band or those who just want to remember what it was like growing up on a lake (or maybe that's just me).
Bad Company: Live at Wembley is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080p resolution. The transfer is very good, if not great. The concert footage is professionally shot and is always in focus, though it's not up to the pristine levels of something like The Dark Knight. Then again, in all honesty it doesn't really need to be. Colors are evenly rendered and the images are well defined. There are no definable defects (dirt, scratches, etc.) in the image, though that's to be expected considering it was shot within the last year.
The soundtrack is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio. Not surprisingly, this is a very aggressive sound mix that features heavy use of both the front and rear speakers. The songs have been well mixed and recorded and feature clearly heard guitar, drums and vocals. Hey, if you're looking to rock your house down, this is the sound mix for you. The bonus features include subtitles in English, French, Spanish and German.
The only extra features included on this disc are some interviews with the band (which will be interesting mostly for fans).
Bad Company: Live at Wembley is a rocking good time.
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Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bad Company