Image Entertainment Reveals New Mini-Wave of HD DVD Concert Discs

Posted Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 08:45 AM PDT by
Roy Orbison, Moody Blues, R. Kelly [HD DVD Box Art]

We can't imagine a more disparate set of musicians, but R. Kelly, Roy Orbison and The Moody Blues will topline Image Entertainment's next wave of HD DVD concert discs.

Due December 18th, the three releases continue a trend we first reported on yesterday, with indie distributor Image Entertainment returning to the high-def scene after a nearly a year. But while each of the titles we reported on yesterday were announced for Blu-ray only, the distributor is demonstrating its own special approach to dual-format support with each of today's three concert discs thus far only announced for HD DVD.

Kicking off the trio of releases is 'R. Kelly Live! The Light it Up Tour,' first released on DVD in March of this year. Shot with ten high-def cameras at at the world famous Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, the 110 minute concert features live renditions of over 40 tracks, including "Bump and Grind," "Fiesta," "Step In The Name of Love" and "I Believe I Can Fly."

Next up, 'The Moody Blues: Lovely to See You - Live' captures the seminal progressive rock band live at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles during their 2005 World tour. Billed as the Blues' first live release without an orchestra since 1969, this 106-minute disc boasts 20 live tracks, including the classics "Nights In White Satin," "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock 'n' Roll Band)," and "Tuesday Afternoon."

Finally, closing things out is an (apparently) upconverted HD DVD edition of the classic, 'Roy Orbison: A Black & White Night.' Originally produced in 1987, this hour-performance features Orbison performing many of his classic hits with the help of an all-star line-up that includes Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits.

Complete tech specs have not yet been released, but each title is confirmed to include Dolby TrueHD audio tracks, and mong the various extras are musical biographies, artist interviews and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Retail is $24.99 each.

You'll find disc details for all three of Image's new music titles linked from our HD DVD Release Schedule, where they are indexed under December 18.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Roy Orbison: A Black & White Night (HD DVD)
The Moody Blues: Lovely to See You - Live at the Greek (HD DVD)
R. Kelly Live - The Light It Up Tour (HD DVD)
Tags: Image Entertainment, Music on High-Def, Disc Announcements (all tags)