Kelly Clarkson: Behind Hazel Eyes takes us back to Kelly's home in Texas (with Kelly leading the way, of course). So, is it about the music, about Kelly, about both, or just about making a quick buck?
This is a new compilation fans, meaning, it includes references to the new album. So the good news is that we're not being fed old clips we've seen on various MTV specials. The bad news is the rest of it. Where to start?
Well, Kelly looks and sounds awesome. And this disc sort of seems like a reminder that, although she's shed her American Idol sweetheart image (which is what I want from a real pop star—although many of her fans don't seem to want to let go of that old image), she's still a down home girl with a healthy, wholesome family life. Kelly is comfy in front of the camera as she takes us on a tour of her life, family and friends. She brings us to her elementary school, we meet some of her teachers, we see family photos, her friends talk about the jobs she had before she became a star, we go to the zoo with her, we go bowling with her, we go camping and fishing with her, we hit the red carpet as she interacts with fans. Then, we get into the career. She discusses doing photo shoots and creating an image that's not totally her, we see her on a photo shoot, and we get to go into the studio as she's recording her second album, working with some of the former members of Evanescence, and going through the creative process of writing and recording her music. Personally, this was my favorite part of the disc, because, I feel like we already know enough about Kelly, and following her around as she hangs out with her family and friends seems like pure stalking and a bit more info than I really care to know. It's nice to see that stardom has not changed Kelly, but I'm rooting for her to remain a hot recording artist now, and to entertain me for years to come with high quality pop records. So, let's get back to the music…please. Because this disc forgets that. Although, there's a little montage clip in black and white between personal footage that is accompanied by a sound clip of "Miss Independent," and sometimes it comes nearly 15 seconds apart for scene changes and it starts to get REALLY annoying and repetitive. Throw me the whole video or something for heaven's sake. Which, by the way, you get nothing of on this disc. This one's strictly for obsessive stalker fans, not music fans. By the way, the feature runs 40 minutes—but there are some extras. See below.
Unfortunately, the preview copy sent to me was literally a copy from a DVD burner, with a label stuck on top. I sure hope the finished product doesn't look like this. The image was a blurry, bland mess, looking like it was recorded from an old VHS. It's bad enough the material on the disc isn't all that impressive, but the image shouldn't look like this.
Once again, terrible burned copy. All I got was a muddy mono mess with volume levels all over the place as we moved from clip to clip. Sure hope they do a better job on the finished product.
Since I had a burned copy, all the extras were just recorded consecutively after the feature, so I can't give you any details on the menu presentation. But here are the extras:
SLIDESHOW—still shots of Kelly with family and friends.
BLOOPERS—Kelly has fun goofing around for the camera, and we also get to see that much of her on camera talking on this disc is scripted (because she flubs lines), which means she does a good job of delivering her lines naturally.
VIDEO DIARY—Kelly and her friends film each other goofing around on a handheld camcorder during their camping trip. You even see the flashing REC light, as well as the focus box on screen.
BREAKAWAY—nope, not the video. This is behind-the-scenes footage of the filming of the video.
Kelly says it best at the beginning of this disc, when she says something to the effect that viewers may have seen some of this on TV already—because we should actually see ALL of it on TV, perhaps an MTV special or something, rather than buying a disc. This just isn't something you're going to watch repeatedly. It's not about the music at all. It's about Kelly's daily home life. And, no offense Kelly, because I adore you, but I'd rather spend my time living my own life than watching yours.