The only time that Judge Ryan Keefer's hips talk is when they ask "are you done with that sandwich?"
Holy crap! Those hips do more than just be all honest and stuff.
The magic and the mystery of the songstress Shakira was fairly unknown to this particular reviewer, that whole hip thing aside. But, as it turns out, she's been doing this music thing for quite awhile. Born in Colombia, Shakira had been accumulating a huge fanbase in Latin America before achieving crossover status with 2001's "Whenever, Wherever." She's been touring worldwide, cleverly fusing a mix of latin beats with pop music stylings, as well as Middle Eastern song and dance influences. 2006's "Oral Fixation" Worldwide Tour was the second leg of her journey promoting the release of a two-volume set called, you guessed it, "Oral Fixation." The December 2006 concert in Miami was recorded in high definition and the 90-minute set includes the following:
Normally I don't pay that much attention to artists of Shakira's ilk, and I really didn't think that the Miami audience would be as well-represented as it was—young, old, men, women, latino, anglo—all of them singing throughout the show. Shakira employs the old call and response technique and, for the most part, she's actually singing; which is surprising, considering all the wiggling and jiggling she does. There still appears to be a background track running behind some of the songs, particularly on "Hips Don't Lie," where Wyclef comes out and dazzles the crowd. Normally I admire his entertaining, but it seemed like he was just staring at Shakira's assets. Admittedly, if I had nothing else to do on stage, that's probably what I'd do. She does her requisite shaking and there's quite a few wardrobe changes, but she plays guitar on occasion too. Shakira keeps her audience entertained and involved, and I was pleasantly surprised at how she pulls it all off, despite hints of Beyonce, Sheryl Crow, and Celine Dion.
The 1.78:1 widescreen presentation looks fairly sharp. Often times the shots appear multi-dimensional and full of color. It's a different dynamic than watching a feature film, but no less impressive. The PCM 5.1 surround soundtrack is immersive and the music comes across clear as a bell. There's even a respectable amount of extras included. A bonus six track CD features some of the concert's best performances. On the concert disc, there are two short documentaries, the first being "Around the World in 397 Days," a 10-minute look at the tour with a cavalcade of footage, most material spotlighting the Mumbai, Cairo, and Miami performances. It's the usual stuff where people are singing her songs at the shows, nothing more than that. The 20-minute "Barefoot" talks about the work that Shakira has done for her Pies Descalzos foundation—designed to help improve the quality of life in her native Colombia—and features an all-star local musician charity concert for the foundation. It's pretty plain to see that the conditions of her homeland are bordering on squalor, so her work has to be admired.
If you love Shakira and the show she puts on, seeing her perform in high definition is no less impressive.
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