Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience – Deluxe Extended Movie (Blu-ray)

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Rating: G

Starring:
Kevin Jonas as Himself
Joe Jonas as Himself
Nick Jonas as Himself
John Lloyd Taylor as MD / Guitar
John Cahill Lawless as Drums
Ryan Matthew Liestman as Keyboards
Gregory Robert Garbowsky as Bass Guitar
Robert Feggans as Himself
Demi Lovato as Herself
Taylor Swift as Herself
Caitlin Evanson as Taylor Swift’s Fiddle Player
Ben Clark as Taylor Swift’s Banjo Player
Denise Jonas as Herself

Special Features:
Disc 1: Blu-ray
Extended Movie In 3D and 2D Includes Songs Not Seen In Theaters
2 Bonus Songs
Up Close And Personal

Disc 2: Standard DVD
Extended Movie In 2D

Includes Digital Copy of “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” for Portable Media Players

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
DTS-HD MA 7.1
Spanish Language
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 76 Minutes

The Movie:
The following is the official description of the film:

“Put yourself in the middle of the Jonas Brothers’ motion picture debut with the ultimate Extended 3D Concert experience only on Blu-ray Hi-Def. It doesn’t get any better than this as Kevin, Joe and Nick invite you inside their personal world for an all-inclusive look at the band. The 3D picture looks so incredible, you’ll think you can reach out and touch the brothers, and the theater-quality sound will have you jumping out of your seat!

This 3D movie event launches music’s hottest trio straight into your living room and includes guest appearances by chart-topping artists Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift!

Secure your backstage pass to this once-in-a-lifetime 3D experience with the Jonas Brothers – complete with exclusive bonus features, including unseen performances, additional songs, and an extra DVD copy of the movie. You’ll feel like you’re part of the movie. You’ll feel like you’re part of the Jonas family with this deluxe up-close-and-personal Blu-ray Combo Pack for the ultimate fans!”

“Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience – Deluxe Extended Movie” is rated G.

Mini-Review:
I’ll freely admit I have no interest in the Jonas Brothers. Apparently my kids don’t either. My sons say they “are for girls” and my daughter pretends to have no interest in them whatsoever. So our household was pretty much ‘Jonas free’ until this DVD arrived.

But what made me interested in checking it out was the cover. It had a sticker on it showing that it was a Blu-ray 3-D presentation. But the glasses it showed in the ad were not your standard blue and red lens glasses. It showed the grey ones like you use in the theater. I wondered if it was possible to have a full color, theatrical-like 3-D presentation on an HDTV with Blu-ray. I thought Disney had somehow found the key to doing that in a home theater and I was eager to check it out. Imagine my surprise when I opened the case and found four blue and red 3-D glasses. So anyone buying this Blu-ray and thinking they’re going to get new and improved 3-D is going to be very disappointed when they get it home.

So how is the 3-D effect in traditional blue and red? Eh. It’s OK. The waving hands of thousands of adoring tween girls in 3-D is a bit blurry, but there are some effective shots showing the Jonas Brothers on stage in full 3-D. Some shots are definitely better than others. And I have to admit that there are only so many angles they can show the band before the novelty of the 3-D effect wears off. It’s not like a movie where they can keep throwing new things at the screen. This is just guys singing on a stage. But what’s particularly odd is they switch between 2-D and 3-D at random places in the film. It takes a little while to figure out, “Is this supposed to be in 3-D or not?” If it’s a concert scene or something with text on the screen, it’s 3-D. If it’s behind the scenes footage, it’s mostly 2-D. You may find yourself taking the glasses on and off in the scenes between songs.

So how’s the singing to a non-fan? It’s OK. Not bad, but not memorable either. The boys are kind of cheesy, too, as they yell out, “What’s up?” to the shrieking girls or have a contest throwing drumsticks back and forth. You could tell they were really reaching the bottom of the barrel for rock star tricks. Fortunately, they do have some talent as they can sing, they can play the guitar, they can play drums, and they play the piano. There is some legitimate musical talent here and it’s not all Disney fluff. Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift also have good cameos as Disney tried to cultivate their next pop starlets.

This one is for Jonas Brothers fans only. Everyone else, steer clear.

Unfortunately, even Jonas fans may be disappointed by the bonus features. While there is a digital copy of the film and a couple of deleted songs, the only other bonus feature is a brief behind the scenes tour.

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