Infinity Entertainment // 2010 // 48 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // August 11th, 2010
All my single ladies...
I like Beyonce, and maybe not for the reasons you'd expect. Sure, she's a talented pop singer who has done quite a few film roles. Over 120 million of her CDs have flown off the shelf, and she's won sixteen Grammy awards as of this writing. Beyonce has done amazing work in music videos, and her tours are a stunning mix of live singing and spectacle. But the real reason I am a fan? Beyonce is a down-to-earth Texas girl from my hometown of Houston who knows she is blessed. She comes off as a real person with no diva attitude or antics. Shine: An Unauthorized Story on Beyonce is merely forty minutes of the star talking to press, and you get a nice sense of how humble she is. She never comes off as self-important or privileged.
The DVD contains interviews, and there is no music, performance, or even any clips from her film roles. This is nothing but a collection of Beyonce talking to a camera. What might be confusing to some viewers is often interview clips are taken out of chronological order, but you can catch the time shifts easily thanks to Beyonce's ever changing looks. Anyone hoping for scandal or revelations is going to be sorely disappointed, all of these clips are controlled situations where the press gets to see a carefully rehearsed star answering questions she knows are coming. There's no shock value, just what you would expect.
This is quite simply a collage collection of interviews, so don't expect much technically. The visual transfer varies with each clip's setting and conditions. Sometimes colors pop, while other times they seem muted or muddy. The sound is always clear enough to hear the interviews. There are no extras or any supplements of note on the DVD. It's all bare bones and really self-explanatory.
If you're a fan you can appreciate this footage, and that's what Shine: An Unauthorized Story on Beyonce does best. It builds a nice amount of good will for the singer who comes across as honest and humble. She's sincere throughout, and you get a sense that Beyonce knows where her blessings are. They are all counted, and she is quick to note that. The only thing this product lacks is real evidence of her true talents: singing and dancing. If you want that, you'll have to find it where you'd suspect.
Guilty of making me want to put a ring on it!
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Studio: Infinity Entertainment
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 48 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Official Beyonce Site