By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
Elton John: The Red Piano
Concerts in HD have an odd look. Stage lighting is designed more for live audiences to see them, so cameras don’t read them quite right. Sometimes you see digital grain to compensate for the dark sections. Even those shot on film like Shine a Light have an odd look.
Elton John: The Red Piano on Blu-Ray
By those standards, Elton John: The Red Piano holds up with the best of concerts. You see Elton, you see the stage setup, you see the background video (which is not HD, but you see it well within the staging.) Crowd shots are grainier, but honestly you’re going to be listening to the music in your home theater setup anyway.
The one distinct thing about Red Piano is that the whole thing is red. The piano red glows so much that it permeates the entire shot. Close-ups of Elton John look red lit, but that’s just the reflection of the piano. That definitely gives the picture an even more unusual look, but it is called The Red Piano after all, so it works.