Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

I’m not a teenager and when I was, I’d have probably been a fan of the Jonas Brothers. Only problem is, they weren’t born when I was a teenager so I’ll leave it at that. Unless you’ve been spending your days and nights in a cave the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of “The Jonas Brothers”, Disney’s newest squeaky-clean that they’re grooming into stars. Disney has been doing this forever, of course, even Kurt Russell started out working for the mouse and more recently they’ve cranked out Lindsay Lohan, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timerlake and of course, Miley Cyrus. Aside from the topical, I really don’t know a lot about the Jonas Brothers other than their name. I couldn’t tell you the name of one song they sing and which is which. Then again, I’m not part of their target audience so it really matters not what I think.

Seeing as how this isn’t a movie per se, but rather a concert there’s really no discernable plot to discuss. It’s a?concert! I suppose the play list might be more appropriate. Well, I digress, there is more to this “movie” than just the trio on stage. In somewhat of the same vein as “This is Spinal Tap” we do get to see them back stage and do follow them on their “Burning Up” tour across the nation. There are some guest appearances by Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato as well (both of which I’ve never heard of either). I won’t say that watching this movie gained them a fan, but I can sat they do possess some talent. And, it’s nice to see that there is hope for those who aren’t cast on “American Idol” to make it in the music business. For their core audience, this is required viewing but for those of us who aren’t teenagers, should pass.

Video: How does it look?

Admittedly, a concert movie in 3-D isn’t something you can see in person so I think the aspect of this I was most looking forward to was the “3-D” part of it. The filmmakers knew this would be in 3-D so you can tell which shots take advantage of the format (and is it me or are 3-D movies making somewhat of a comeback?). The 1.78:1 AVC HD transfer is literally flawless, with only the slightest bit of dirt here and there to detract from a perfect score. There is a 2-D version of the movie as well, which looks absolutely identical to its extra-dimensional counterpart.

Audio: How does it sound?

Sonically, the DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack couldn’t have been put to better use here. Vocals are amazing and the entire atmosphere does its best to re-create the concert environment. It’s stuff like this that they show in home theater stores to sell their big TV’s and speakers. It works too. All 7.1 channels are positively buzzing throughout the 89 minutes and I find it hard to top this in terms of audio. This sounds amazing; too bad I didn’t know the words to any of the songs.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Don’t le t the “three disc” thing fool you; this is surprisingly light on supplements and aside from a 2-D version of the movie, we get a digital copy of the film as well as a couple bonus songs and 4 pairs of 3-D glasses. Of note, the 3-D version of this movie is a Blu-ray exclusive and is not available on the standard DVD.

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