Cirque du Soleil: Corteo (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

This is a series of incredible performances, but Corteo also tells a competent story. But the plot is by no means complex, so there isn’t a lot to discuss in terms of storylines and such. The production centers on Corteo, a clown who dreams about his own death and funeral. The journey he imagines reveals all kinds of magical performances and interesting performers, all of which help create a larger, unforgettable portrait. Corteo’s vision showcases such elements as angels, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, and so much more, all done in a gorgeous style that is impossible not to get lost in. Corteo’s vision might have a dark element, but this is a beautiful, one of a kind production.

As always with Cirque du Soleil, this performance is a masterful showcase of visuals and talent. I’ve been in the audience for several different shows and I’ve always been beyond impressed. Corteo is a show I had not seen or heard much about, but since it was from Cirque du Soliel, I knew I would be entertained. As with any live performance, you lose some of the magic when you watch a filmed version, but Corteo still holds up. I do wish the cameras were in better places at times, but most of the acts are well captured and you get a good feel for the performances. The performances are amazing here too, with incredible acrobatics and other skills that are a wonder to behold. This is another top notch production by Cirque du Soliel and thanks to these high definition visuals, this is as good as it gets, unless you’re there in person. So if you’ve enjoyed other Cirque du Soleil efforts or just want to get started, Corteo would be an excellent choice.

Video: How does it look?

Corteo is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The case has a disclaimer that leads us to think this transfer is not that good, but that isn’t the case. The image has good depth, but detail is soft in some scenes, but still a touch better than the DVD, even in those low moments. The colors are vivid and bold, while contrast is solid, but can be off at times, due to the low light set up used in the production. This show has some remarkable visuals and this transfer, while not eye popping, brings the production to life with a solid overall presentation.

Audio: How does it sound?

This Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option is quite good, capturing the live feel of the show, while also providing solid presence. The nature of the live performance is such that dialogue is sometimes hard to hear, but it never proves to be a serious concern. The music sounds great, with a lot more depth than I expected. That proves to be the driving force in terms of audio, since dialogue is not a large factor, but the music does add some life. This disc also includes Japanese subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes several behind the scenes featurettes, as well as some still photos.

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