'Eminem: Live from New York City [Blu-ray]'
(Eminem / Blu ray / NR / 2009 / Eagle Rock)
Overview: Eminem: Live From New York City captures the best-selling rapper performing over two-dozen songs before a typically high-energy Big Apple crowd. The setlist includes the hits "Stan," "The Way I Am," "Just Lose It," and "My Name Is." The performer shares the stage with other artists such as D12 and Stat Quo.
Blu ray Verdict: Only being 78 minutes long, you would imagine that by the time you got into this show, that it had ended! But, not so as the show seems to go on for hours, it's just that good, that well created, that well performed.
As for the actual concert, I thought it was pretty good. Eminem seems to have fallen of the grid since his best friend proof passed though. If I was him I think that I would have done the same since hitting the stage without him when he was by you everytime you went on. But here in this concert it was interesting to see him and Proof togethor at every juncture of the high octane sets.
For the record, this concert was filmed at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2005 at the culmination of his farewell tour prior to his retirement. Guest appearances came from D12, Obie Trice and Stat Quo, and it was actually originally filmed for Showtime!
Anyway, the choice of music itself comprised of more of the newer stuff (which is old by now) and his old songs, love them or hate them, they all came to the fore on this concert taping. The natural raw energy that Eminem showed once upon a time is gone at this juncture, but he does show tidbits of some sort of substance. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.