Case Number 25264: Small Claims Court

LADY ANTEBELLUM: OWN THE NIGHT WORLD TOUR (BLU-RAY)

Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2012 // 124 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // February 9th, 2013

The Charge

Own the music.
Own the energy.
Own the night.

The Case

Country superstars Lady Antebellum take to the stage for their 2012 "Own the Night" world tour. Fans will swoon to some of their biggest hits, as well as hear about the band's humble beginnings and how they became one of the most successful country acts of the past decade! The set list for this evening's performance includes...

"We Own the Night"
"Stars Tonight"
"Love Don't Live Here"
"Just a Kiss"
"Dancin' Away With My Heart"
"Our Kind of Love"
"Perfect Day"
"American Honey"
"Hello World"
"Wanted You More"
"I Run to You"
"Lookin' For a Good Time"
"Need You Now"

I'm not a big country music fan. Oh sure, there are some exceptions to my rule (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Earle, Joe Ely), but country music doesn't generally get a lot of rotation on my iTunes playlists. I like the occasional Johnny Cash song, but that's about as twangy as I get.

That said, I was surprised with my enjoyment of Lady Antebellum: Own The Night World Tour. The band has grown into one of the biggest country acts over the past few years, with hits like "Need You Now" and "Just a Kiss," both of which became crossover successes airing on country and pop stations alike. Many country artists are crossing over to pop music; witness Taylor Swift's new album and Kelly Clarkson singing "Don't You Want to Stay" with country singer Jason Aldean. As the years pass, it becomes more and more interesting to see different genres of music start to blur the lines between what is expected of them. Lady Antebellum has energy to spare and their songs, while nothing earth-shattering, are pleasing to the ear.

Lady Antebellum is made up of three musicians: Hillary Scott (whose mother worked with country superstar Reba McEntire), Charles Kelley (whose brother Josh Kelly is the guy behind the song "Amazing," among others), and Dave Haywood (who apparently is not related to anyone famous...the poor soul). The three offer up excellent harmonies and well-crafted pop/country ballads that tug at the heartstrings and get our feet tapping. This performance features a lot of the band's well known hits ("Love Don't Live Here," "I Run To You," "Just a Kiss") as well as songs you may not have heard before ("Hello World," "Our Kind of Love").

Most of Lady Antebellum: Own The Night World Tour is the threesome belting out these tunes on a stage that is void of any really fancy theatrics. The show is often interrupted so one of the three can offer up their thoughts on how far they've come (this part of the show feels a bit self serving and could have easily been left out). During these segments, we get to see rather raw footage of the band playing in much more humble surroundings, including a gas station during some kind of gun rally. We also get snippets of them riding around in vans and buses, as they attempt to make it to the big time.

Presented in 1.78:1/1080i high definition widescreen, this fine looking transfer features a life-like concert image. The colors are evenly saturated and the black levels deep and dark, making it feel as if we're really there. The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track features aggressive directional effects and music blasting through all five channels. Kudos to Eagle Rock Entertainment for this sonically charged mix. We also get an LPCM 2.0 Stereo track, as well as English, French, and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include a few extra songs ("Good Life," "Love's Lookin' Good," "Love this Pain," "Sweet Emotion," "Black Water"), as well as a couple of short featurettes on what goes on behind-the-scenes at the concert ("What Goes Down Doesn't Always Come Up," "What Happens Backstage").

Lady Antebellum: Own The Night World Tour (Blu-ray) will certainly please fans of the band. While their catalog may not run all that deep (they haven't been around long enough yet), the performance is bouncy catchy fun.

The Verdict

A honky tonkin' good time.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 87

Perp Profile
Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080i)

Audio Formats:
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)

Subtitles:
* English
* French
* Spanish

Running Time: 124 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Bonus Songs
* Featurettes

Accomplices
* Lady Antebellum
http://www.ladyantebellum.com