'Tupac: Live at the House of Blues' [Blu-ray]
(Tupac Shakur, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2010 / Eagle Rock)
Overview: Tupac Shakur: Live at the House of Blues documents a performance by the rapper that transpired weeks before his death. Recorded July 4, 1996 the show features collaborations with fellow performers Snoop Dogg and C-Ci and Jojo.
Blu ray Verdict: Watching this performance once again, now in crystal clear blu ray, and knowing it was recorded on July 4, 1996 (proving to be Tupac Shakur's last - as he was gunned down two months later while attending a boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas), you kinda hear that a lot of the songs Shakur sings are filled with so much anger.
The blu ray is is loosely divided into three parts. The first shows Shakur joined on the stage by his former group Outlawz, as well as K-Ci and Jojo from Jodeci. The second part focuses on Tha Dogg Pound, legendary rapper Snoop Dogg's pet project. It features Kurupt, Daz and Nate Dogg, and, of course, Snoop Dogg. The final act brings everyone - Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Outlawz, Nate Dogg, K-Ci & Jojo, the controversial founder of Death Row Records, Suge Knight, and a whole lot of other guest stars - on the stage for '2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted.'
Technically, the show is far from impressive and what was up with all those heavy red lights that made it hard to follow the performers around on stage? Anyway, fans of Shakur and Snoop Dogg would undoubtedly appreciate the raw look of the show. Shakur really is in top form here, and his desire to deliver a strong message was abundantly clear this night. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.