Madonna: Truth or Dare Blu-ray Review
Madonna is one of the most well loved
music acts in the history of pop music. Her albums continue to top the
sales charts with each release. As an artist, she's been doing her own
thing since the 1980's and she doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
continue to find her amazing as a musician, performer, and all around
fascinating person. Madonna: Truth or
Dare is an intimate, eye-opening, and fascinating inside look into
person behind the mass music phenomenon that continues to be one of the
greatest pop acts around.
in mind that when I refer to
Madonna as having made "pop" music I am referring specifically to the
she continues to be a chart topper who has legions of fans around the
Madonna is far too artistic and experimental to be categorized as a
artist pigeonholed into a lone category of musical expression. She is a
musician who can defy such expectations. With each album it is a new
a expressive and authentic voice always remains.
Madonna: Truth or Dare documentary changed the music
scene. Audiences didn't know what to
expect from it. You learned more about Madonna's background, family
and more. She was open about her feelings on many controversial things
about ordinary issues that affect everyone.
of the details are simply fun.
I especially enjoyed getting to learn more about Madonna's massive
celebrity actor Antonio Banderas. She ended the part commenting on how
saw him again" after meeting him and finding out (disappointingly),
that he had
already married. It wasn't long before Evita
became significant to both of their cinematic careers. I wouldn't want
detail too many of Madonna: Truth or Dare's
surprises because it would take away too much of its fun.
it for the unique
viewpoints of Madonna, her touring crew, and the music.
Concert footage is another reason. Every time she gets on
stage to perform a song it defines another aspect of the film. The
are one of the signatures of her magnificent career. Madonna always
knew how to
ignite the stage with her theatrical understanding and impeccable
was always one of the reasons for her worldwide popularity.
is one of the greatest
documentaries that I've ever seen about a recording artist.
musicians don't always explore as much personal territory. The
rare and worth added recognition. This is one such example. The film
the music and craftsmanship of Madonna in an entirely invigorating way.
ultimately helps the film as an exemplary
experience. Director Alek Keshishian was absolutely the right
has provided fans of Madonna with a special documentary worthy of the
received upon initial release. It's a fascinating, detailed, and
This is as much for the stories it shares on Madonna and because it's a
of new techniques itself in the growing music documentary genre.
images used in this review do not reflect the Blu-ray presentation.
is in 1080p High Definition and it has been presented in its original
ratio of 1.85:1 for this Blu-ray release.
isn't going to win any awards for consistency in the picture quality
department. The transfer itself is true to the condition of the source
and it doesn't disappoint. The footage was often filmed with
stock though and that needs to be considered when analyzing the
merits. The behind-the-scenes moments of the film are riddled with
inherent softness. There is still a definite improvement over the DVD
not going to seem as stellar as some might be hoping to see. It's in
concert footage that this upgrade to High Definition completely shines
gives fans footage of Madonna performing music live with stunning
The upgrade amazes with this regard and makes the otherwise decent
seem less distracting as Madonna's new Blu-ray release ultimately
proves to be
lossless audio mix is presented in 5.1
DTS-HD Master Audio. The audio mix is just as odd as the video quality
for the same reasons. The backstage conversations and quiet moments
Madonna are rather low-key and not exactly thrilling for fans of
audio and dynamic presentations. Some of the backstage footage even has
slightly muffled sound quality to it (probably because of the way in
things were recorded).
might be bothersome to some fans and trivial to
others. You learn to expect certain shortcomings when it comes to
releases (even in regards to one that is as high profile as this).
documentary kicks things into high gear during
the concert footage. What matters is that it faithfully reproduces the
and that its superior sounding concert footage will make fans feel
pleased for the entire experience of these concert moments.
are provided in Spanish and English SDH (for the deaf and hard of
bonus features included are standard
definition (SD) theatrical trailers. While there is deleted footage and
performance footage connected to this documentary that hasn't been
home media it's worth noting that this release doesn't technically
of the original extras. The lack of extras is disappointing but not
unsurprising. It might be the determining factor between a purchase and
rental for some fans but for the fans only hoping for a high quality
presentation of the documentary itself this release is an essential
any collection (especially at its low price-point).
Madonna is always going to be the queen of pop music. Lady Gaga
even come close. There's something about her willingness to be
with her music while also being true to herself that is rare and
in the popular music machine of marketing and unrelenting hype. I
enjoyed all of her albums (even if I've been able to love a huge
them), and while it's true that she can be polarizing, there aren't
artists who haven't been to some degree. Madonna:
Truth or Dare is fantastic as both an interesting documentary with
surprisingly personal element and as a concert film. You can't go wrong
you're a fan of MDNA. Madonna: Truth or
Dare remains as a stunning achievement even after over twenty
following its initial breakthrough release.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.