Elton John Throws Blu-ray Bash with 'Elton 60'

Posted Mon Dec 3, 2007 at 06:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
Elton 60 [Blu-ray Box Art, LARGE]

Captain Fantastic is due to make his high-def debut this week with the Blu-ray bow of the concert spectacular 'Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden.'

Captured entirely with high-def cameras, 'Elton 60' documents John's record-breaking 60th sellout performance at Madison Square Garden, which was held on his 60th birthday earlier this year. The once in a lifetime concert features performances of a staggering 33 classic tunes, and one of the most extravagant stage productions in the singer's legendary 30-plus year musical career.

First issued on standard DVD in early October, this Blu-ray edition marks the next-gen debut for the Island/Mercury label, which plans to release the disc December 4. (Note that distribution of the disc will be handled by Universal Music Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vivendi. UMG is not directly affiliated with HD DVD-exclusive Universal Studios.)

Tech specs for the Blu-ray version of 'Elton 60' include 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video (1.78:1 widescreen), and two flavors of uncompressed PCM audio -- 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo.

Although the two-disc DVD contained a wealth of rare vintage television performances by John, at press time there were no announced extras for the Blu-ray.

UMG has set a suggested list price of $24.95 for the Blu-ray.

As always, you'll find disc details for 'Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under December 4, 2007.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for Universal Music's debut high-def release in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'Elton 60' Blu-ray release.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Elton 60 - Live at Madison Square Garden (Blu-ray)
Tags: Universal Music, Music on High-Def, Disc Announcements (all tags)