Case Number 14194: Small Claims Court


Sony // 2008 // 164 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 4th, 2008

The Charge

"Waiting for the world to change" -- now in high-def.

Opening Statement

Megastar John Mayer and his sprawling, three-set concert from Los Angeles last year gets the Blu treatment and if you're a fan, you will be loving life.

Facts of the Case

Three sets, 22 songs, behind-the-scenes and interviews. Here are the tracks:

Acoustic Set
"Stop This Train"
"In Your Atmosphere"
"Free Fallin'"

Trio Set
"Everyday I Have the Blues"
"Wait Until Tomorrow"
"Who Did You Think I Was"
"Come When I Call"
"Good Love is on the Way"
"Out of my Mind"
"Bold as love"

Band Set
"Waiting on the World to Change"
"Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"
"Why Georgia"
"The Heart of Life"
"I Don't Need No Doctor"
"I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)"
"I'm Gonna Find Another You"

The Evidence

These concert releases offer premium content to consume the horsepower of your Blu-ray player and wow your friends. Shot in super 35mm and boasting a pair of uncompressed audio tracks, Where the Light Is is a visual and aural treat, a rich offering of a variety of music that will fill your room with all sides of John Mayer, providing that does it for you.

Granted, it doesn't do much for me, but you should have seen my wife's eyes light up when I showed her what had come in the mail last week. She's a big fan, and for fans, I don't think I can recommend this disc more. Whether you dig the acoustic John Mayer or John Mayer from The John Mayer Trio or pop sensation John Mayer, you're covered. With 22 songs, separated into three distinct sets (that would be acoustic, trio and band), this concert brings the whole spectrum of Mayer's musical prowess.

Shot live during his performance on Dec. 8, 2007 at the Nokia Theatre, Where the Light Is mixes live stuff on the stage with candid behind-the-scene backstage footage and an interview with Mayer while he tools around in his Mercedes. As a result, director Danny Clinch's work feels more like a documentary than a straight-up concert DVD. It's a good set-up and will appeal to Mayer fans looking for the complete experience.

Now there's a reason that concert discs like this are playing on displays sets at your local big box tech store -- they look and sound amazing. This is the case with this release and the fact that there are three distinct performances featured adds even more to the experience. All three bring something different to the audio -- the focus here, no doubt -- and depending on which John Mayer is front and center the workout your system gets will vary. The acoustic set is simple, yet pristine. Few sound mixes offer the soothing sense of an acoustic guitar, and combined with Mayer's strong voice, this first set is incredibly clear and precise and, actually, my favorite. The trio set adds a bass and drums, giving a fuller treatment, more driving and obviously flexing the LFE more. The finale is the full band segment, featuring Mayer's more famous pop tunes, and this is the most robust of all. All three are transmitted with remarkable strength and clarity. The video is no slouch either -- 1.85:1 widescreen, brilliant and sharp, though, admittedly the majority of the film is stage-centric.

Extras: a BD-Live powered backstage performance of "Belief," a picture-in-picture feature spotlighting Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino in "Who Did You Think I Was" and some extended footage of Mayer strumming on Mulholland Drive.

Closing Statement

He may not be my cup of tea, but if John Mayer is your rock god, worship at this altar immediately.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 94

Perp Profile
Studio: Sony
Video Formats:
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* TrueHD 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Master Lossless Audio (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)

* None

Running Time: 164 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* BD-Live Performance
* Picture-in-Picture Performance
* Extended Footage