Disney // 2009 // 89 Minutes // Rated G
Reviewed by Judge Clark Douglas // June 26th, 2009
Starring in their first motion picture.
The three most popular young guys on planet Earth (for now, anyway) get their own 3D concert. Woot.
So, as you might expect, I'm not exactly a huge fan of the Jonas Brothers. Once again, the business-savvy folks at Walt Disney have taken a handful of mildly-talented, good-looking teenagers and transformed them into a worldwide phenomenon that will continue to burn brightly for a short time before fading into relative obscurity as the next young group takes over as official Disney Cash Cow...
Excuse me, what?
Hmm? Who are you?
My name's Ashlee. I'm a huuuuuge fan of the Jonas Brothers and I heard you talking about them and OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT?
What are you talking about?
THAT! THAT THING IN YOUR HAND!
Oh, this? Why this is the Blu-ray release of Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.
Have you seen it yet?
Yeah, in fact, that's what I was talking about when you just showed up and interrupted me. I was trying to tell the good readers of DVD Verdict all about this new release.
Oh. Hey, DVD Verdict people! A big shout-out to my girl Crystal!
Right, then. May I continue?
Sure, go ahead.
Thank you. Anyway, much like the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds film, this one offers about 80% music and 20% carefully-staged "behind-the-scenes" footage of the Brothers Jonas. The film opens with a mildly amusing little sketch in which the boys attempt to escape from a wild mob of insane teen and pre-teen girls. Ah, the trials and tribulations of a boy band...
We are NOT insane. We are perfectly reasonable, rational, intelligent young women who just so happen to want to tie the Jonas Brothers up and keep them in our basement until they agree to marry us. Oh Nick, I know how bad you really want me. You just need me to help you understand.
Do you mind?
The concert is staged with the expected slick flair and energy, but personally I found the whole thing rather insufferable. The music here is bland standard-issue teenybopper pop material, offering little in the way of memorable melodies or musical hooks. Honestly, I just finished watching this entire 90-minute thing, and there is only one song that I can actually remember ("BB Good"), and that's because it was so irritating. That being said, the boys have an undeniably energetic stage presence that suggests they are better showmen than they are musicians. Then again, isn't that the case with oh-so-many young pop stars?
Okay, I can only sit here in silence for so long, because you are spewing stupid...um, stupidity. Every single song here is BRILLIANT, I know every single one of them. How can you not remember these songs? I bet the only song you can remember is the ABC song.
Anyway, those of you who actually understand how good the Jonas Brothers really are will be happy to know that all of the songs here are good, duh, because all of their songs are good. You get to hear them sing, "That's Just the Way We Roll," "Hold On," "BB Good," "Goodbye and Goodnight," "Video Girl," "Gotta Find You," "A Little Bit Longer," "Play My Music," "Hello Beautiful," "Still in Love With You," "Pushin' Me Away," "Can't Have You," "Love is On the Way," "S.O.S.," "Burnin' Up," "Tonight," "Can't Have You," and "A Little Bit Longer." Oh, they're so great! Plus, Taylor Swift sings with them on "Shouldn've Said No," and Demi Lovato sings "This is Me." They're fine, but not as fine as the Jonas boys.
Whatever you say. There's an interesting moment early on that shows a large group of girls crying and screaming when they get a glimpse of the Jonas Brothers. They're so passionate; I couldn't help but think of the young women having a similar reaction to The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night. There are actually several moments in the film that attempt to compare Beatlemania and Jonasmania, but the comparisons most assuredly cease as soon as the Jonas Brothers start singing and playing.
Who are The Beatles?
I'm going to pretend you didn't ask that. Anyway, one of the surprisingly disappointing aspects of this disc is the transfer. Disney is typically a very reliable studio in the technical department, but in this case there seems to have been very little effort put into making this one sparkle in hi-def. Despite the constant array of flashing lights, bright glow sticks and lavish stage effects, the concert looks rather flat. The image is surprisingly washed-out at times, and darker scenes suffer from a noteworthy lack of definition. The peculiar lighting of the show may be partially to blame for some of the visual problems here, but this concert is undeniably less spectacular than I was expecting it to be on that count. The level of detail is stellar during the fake-ish "behind the scenes" moments, but somewhat lacking during much of the concert. I only reviewed a few minutes of the 3D version, which thanks to the cheap red-and-blue glasses is about as headache-inducing as you might expect. Definitely stick with 2D. Audio is a good deal more impressive, providing an aggressive and often downright chaotic track that will certainly give your speakers a thorough workout. While it's a bit ragged at times, I expect young viewers at home will enjoy the raw energy that successfully recreates the undoubtedly frenzied feeling of actually being at a Jonas Brothers concert. Ashlee, what are your thoughts on this?
Hmm? Oh, I don't know. I was too busy looking at Nick's pretty, pretty face.
Of course you were. This is a three-disc set, which might lead some to believe that it is jam-packed with special features. Sadly, you would be mistaken to assume that, as the features included here are pretty minimal. The first disc (A Blu-ray disc) offers the film in both 2D and 3D, and includes a couple of bonus songs and a brief behind-the-scenes featurette. That's it. The second disc is a DVD that includes the film in 2D and the same bonus features. Finally, the third disc offers a digital copy of the film. The disc is also equipped with BD-Live and four pair of 3D glasses are provided. A rather underwhelming package considering the seemingly lavish appearance of this set, but I have to admit that I sort of like the "One Size Fits All" approach to creating this set. Anything to get more people turned on to the wonderful world of hi-def.
This is easily the best movie of the year. No doubt about it.
C'mon, that's ridiculous...
Shut up, old man.
Fans of the increasingly popular Jonas Brothers will undoubtedly be thrilled to watch this disc, regardless of the disappointing transfer and supplements, but such problems should be noted nonetheless.
What? Are you insane? The only thing these boys are guilty of is giving meaning to my life.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Rated G
* Bonus Performances
* DVD Version
* 3D Glasses
* Digital Copy