Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2013 // 52 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // November 16th, 2013
Christmas in the country.
Lady Antebellum has become one of country music's hottest acts. The band has sold millions of records, won seven Grammy awards, and have had a slew of hit sings ("Just a Kiss") travel across the airwaves. Band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood have harmonized their way to successful albums, sold out concerts, and millions of devoted fans. Like many popular musical acts, Lady Antebellum released their own holiday album titled "On This Winter's Night." To compliment the album, the band played a special concert at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Tennessee. Eschewing their big hits, Lady Antebellum instead focused almost solely on traditional and current holiday favorites; the band covered everything from Elvis Presley to Tony Bennett to Stevie Wonder, even kicking in their own original contribution with the single "On This Winter's Night."
I've never been a very big country fan. Over the years I've grown to appreciate the genre, with help from Johnny Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Joe Ely. I'm still not a fan of super 'twangy' country music, but I've found that with the right vocals and instruments, there's some excellent country music out there. I've listened to Lady Antebellum and, while I'm not a constant fan, I've liked what I've heard. Their songs are catchy and upbeat without much pretension. Lady Antebellum Live: On this Winter's Night is almost exactly what you'd expect from a holiday show by a mainstream band: upbeat holiday standards backed by an orchestra. The setting is sufficiently festive -- trees, holiday lights, glittery outfits -- and the audience is respectful and jubilant. There isn't a whole lot to the affair; it's mostly music and (once in a while) home movies interspersed with interviews by the band members.
If you're a country fan -- or just a fan of Lady Antebellum -- you'll probably enjoy starting a fire, grabbing a cup of hot chocolate, and cozying up to Lady Antebellum Live: On This Winter's Night.
The set list includes...
A Holly Jolly Christmas
On This Winter's Night
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
The First Noel
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Lady Antebellum Live: On This Winter's Night is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080i high definition. Eagle Vision has done a fine job on this transfer; the image looks clear and bright with solid black levels and eye popping colors (blues and whites are especially prominent). The soundtrack is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround in English. This audio mix is excellent; each holiday song leaps out of each speaker with joy and gusto. Overall, Eagle Vision offers up a great sounding and looking presentation. Also included are English, French, and Spanish subtitles, as well as an LPCM 2.0 track in English.
Extra features include five bonus acoustic performances ("Blue Christmas," "The First Noel," "Silent Night," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Holly Jolly Christmas"), a music video for the song "Holly Jolly Christmas", and three very short featurettes ("5 Things You Didn't Know About Holly Jolly Christmas Video," "Behind the Scenes of A Holly Jolly Christmas," "The Making of On This Winter's Night").
A warm little concert for a cold Christmas Eve.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080i)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 52 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Bonus Songs
* Music Video