le 30 mai 2014
MYLÈNE FARMER: TIMELESS 2013 LE FILM  [Deluxe Limited Edition Double Collector's DigiPack Set] [Blu-ray] Relive all the intensity of this Mylène Farmer concert tour, especially with this Deluxe Limited Edition Double Blu-ray Disc set, that was shot in CinemaScope. Beautiful designed rigid box set that contains 2 Blu-Ray discs and an awesome designed booklet, giving you amazing images of the concert. The Tour began on 7th September 2013 and ended on 3rd December 2013. The Timeless Concert played 39 shows in 5 countries. Over 535,000 spectators saw Myléne Farmer live on this tour and was the most popular French artist that broke all records. The places where the Timeless 2013 Concert visited were Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Strasbourg, Geneva, Minsk, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Brussels, Douai, Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand and Nice. The Timeless 2013 Concert was praised highly by a unanimous press, so here now for your delectations, is the entire concert shown on this awesome Blu-ray disc. More than 30 HD cameras filmed all of the stunning result ever achieved so far, for an outstanding professional French artist Live!
Artist: Mylène Farmer
Director: François Hanss
Design and Art Direction: Mylène Farmer and Laurent Boutonnat
Choreography: Christopher Danchaud and Mylène Farmer
Producer: Thierry Suc
Design of Décor: Mark Fisher and Ric Lipson
Design of Lighting: Dimitri Vassiliu
Sound: Stéphane Plisson
Musical Direction: Yvan Cassar
Creation of Costumes: Jean-Paul Gautier
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 [CinemaScope] and 1.85:1
Audio: French: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and French: 2.0 PCM Stereo Audio
Running Time: 247 minutes
Region: Region B/2
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Universal Music
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: 'Timeless 2013 Le Film' was the most awesome ambitious concert tour so far for Mylène Farmer, that went through several countries, including Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Strasbourg, Geneva, Minsk, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Brussels, Douai, Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand and Nice, but sadly not us in the United Kingdom and the public who saw this concert has always responded positively and helped greatly to the success of the most awesome French artist around. A tour with a budget of 30million, which brought together a total of nearly 535,000 spectators! This is again is another stunning directed film by the talented director François Hanns, who since the beginning of Mylène Farmer's massive awesome last 3 concerts, has shown off the potential of this brilliant French artist, plus another awesome contribution via Laurent Boutonnat, Mylène Farmer's mentor, who always wants to show off the best that this French artist can perform and especially who has produced all of her amazing songs and videos, that make other singing artists look totally amateurish?
Visually, the 'Timeless 2013 Le Film' concert is totally stunning. But before the awesome concert can proceed, the room is plunged into total darkness; but before the immense curtain opens, you see no musicians or microphones, just a vast special effects curtain on which is displayed a starry constellation, which eventually forms the face of Mylène Farmer, that appears on her latest 'Timeless 2013' Compact Disc Album and especially with the Special Edition Box Set that I have and it is a beautiful presentation.
At the start of the concert, you get this amazing awesome pounding rhythm starts to pulsate, and then on this awesome video screen the video image takes us on a journey to the centre of an unknown planet. Light gradually gives way to an amazing tunnel [computer generated] effect, like we are travelling to the centre of Mylène Farmer's spaceship, that again is endless and makes the crowd scream for more in anticipation of seeing Mylène Farmer in person. Then after a long lengthy build up and especially building up the tension for the crowd, then finally as the screen pulls back a massive iris opens up revealing the singer Mylène Farmer and the crowd roar with total raptures excitement, especially to finally see Mylène Farmer appear in front of the audience and of course the crowd goes wild with jubilant excitement.
Dressed in a stunning outfit designed by Jean-Paul Gautier, Mylène Farmer is smiling and elegant. Conducted by Yvan Cassar, the group has two guitarists, two singers, a drummer, a bassist and a keyboard player. As in the past, the singer Mylène Farmer after the initial introduction while singing starts to do a brilliant dance routine, graciously assisted by six hunky muscular sexy male dancers, often wearing a simple loincloth and other out of this world unique outfits throughout the concert, which again was designed by Jean-Paul Gautier. Also a special dedication should go to Jean-Paul Gautier, who created six perfect outfits and more outrageous costumes that you always get with any Mylène Farmer concerts. In the end, Mylène Farmer cannot hold back her tears of happiness and joy. It only proves one thing: Mylène Farmer is indeed timeless, more than ever and is always made to last for ever and ever.
The sound is always outstanding and the voice of Mylène Farmer is for once not drowned in the loudness of the audience. Second highlight of the evening, the piano and voice sequence is an opportunity for the singer to say things to the audience with a smile and tears in her eyes. Despite the experience, Mylène Farmer always appreciates the loyalty of the adoring fans which responds to everything that Mylène Farmer presents in her outstanding and totally unique concerts.
Most times you only hear certain English words in Mylène Farmer's songs, but with this concert you get to hear Mylène Farmer actually sing in English and this happens when Mylène Farmer does duets with Moby [who only appears on the massive background video screen], but you get to see Mylène Farmer sing live on the stage [twice] with Gary Jules [who sang the Title song for the film `Donnie Darko'] and of course the crowd goes wild with appreciation.
Filmed in the stunning CinemaScope aspect ratio, with 30 high definition cameras and mixed in stunning 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio by Tony Garmer, this retransmission gathered 101,107 spectators, including 95,000 in France in over 230 cinemas with a single date of 27th March 2014. Because this concert was filmed in the CinemaScope, you of course get black bands top and bottom of the screen.
Mylène Farmer became the first French artist to bring as many people to the cinema in a single session. The film was also released in Canada, Russia and Latvia in over 150 cinemas in total, but sadly us fans in the United Kingdom was sadly denied this total pleasure. After the Live Tour CD Album which was released last December, which so far has sold over 107,500 copies, I think the fans has waited long enough for the release of this mind blowing concert, especially on an even more awesome French Blu-ray 2 disc set and now our wait has finally been realised and it is has been well worth the wait!
Another stunning innovation is that Mylène Father is accompanied on stage by 2 amazing robots dancers [115 pounds] each that makes Mylène Farmer smile and then eventually further into the concert we get to see 5 robots all told, who do an amazing ballet sequence, which is a totally awesome experience and look so life like and has the crowd roar with approval, that is why Mylène Farmer is so innovative with all her concerts. These robot machines were originally employed on a production line of the semiconductor or pharmaceutical industries. Apart from the addition of a specially designed mask by Robolounge, which were not modified for the concert. Mylène Farmer discovered these robots during their passage through the programme "An amazing talent" on the French M6 TV channel in 2012. Again they are integrated with some choreography and are also given four minutes of amazing 'ShowTime' in the show on their own.
As you might have guessed this Blu-ray DigiPack is very special to me, because you might know that Mylène Farmer is a true professional artist like no other in this world. But did you know that the people who love her are the greatest Fans in this world? This is another impressive example of why her concerts are a massive success, because you will see here with this Blu-ray an outstanding piece of work and you will see why Mylène Farmer really shows her appreciation to the fans at Bercy Concert venue. Again the concert is created through multiple of high definition cameras and you will be impressed with the excellent editing. They captured so many wonderful scenes, such impressive moments; and I just love this Timeless 2013 Le Film Concert. The film is crafted with love, and empowered by the never-ending passion for Mylène Farmer, who is just out of this world. And with this Blu-ray concert, you will see a never find such a relationship between an artist and his fans. Mylène Farmer would say, "C'est magique."
Track Listing: 01. À force de... 02.Comme j'ai mal. 03.C'est une belle journée. 04. Monkey Me. 05.Slipping Away (Crier la vie) (Virtual duet with Moby). 06.Elle a dit. 07. Oui mais... non. 08. Mad World (duet with Gary Jules). 09. Les mots (duet with Gary Jules). 10. Je te dis tout. 11. Et pourtant... 12.Desenchantée. 13. Bleu Noir. 14. Diabolique mon ange. 15. Sans contrefaçon. 16. Je t'aime mélancolie. 17. XXL. 18. À l'ombre. 19. Inséparables. 20. Rêver. 21. Endlessly.
Blu-ray Video Quality ' The 'Timeless 2013 Le Film' has been brought to you in the best top quality of the Blu-ray format and you get an awesome 1080p encoded image, that gives you visual techniques that are out of this world, where you will observe amazing images that is characterised by highlighting a sharp colour that really blows you away, which is displayed together with a rendering of black combined with more than perfect. Without going on about the 1080p HD image, is totally perfect for the Blu-ray format and gives us a lot of surprises, I can freely write that the quality of video production is given to us in a sensation recorded ultra-realism, that is on par with Mylène Farmer's previous Blu-ray release 'Stade De France,' that will also blow you away with again awesome stunning images, that is without doubt the BEST ever I have ever seen presented on a Blu-ray disc and is the best way to show off stunning visual effects as a reference for Blu-ray images, that cannot be beaten. So all in all I loved all what I viewed and was totally awe struck that what I viewed was the icing on the cake and at the end of concert with the final song, you get a dramatic effect where Mylène Farmer disappears under a massive dry ice sensation and gives the impression of a rocket taking off, that is totally gobsmacking sensation and I should image the audience felt it was even more spectacular being there totally live! Take for example the song that opened the show, during which Mylène Farmer and the dancers are dressed in outfits designed by the prolific and out of this world designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, that suits Mylène Farmer 100% and the Blu-ray really distinguishes the texture of the material. Technical prowess is totally natural. More than anything, the quality of the stunning colour images took my breath away and is a totally amazing experience and certainly captures why Blu-ray discs always gives us the awesome stunning images we deserve and offers a deep record (in the sense of space) and dynamics that are a resounding success. Please Note: Playback Region B/2: This will not play on most Blu-ray players sold in North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Learn more about Blu-ray region specifications.
Blu-ray Audio Quality ' Even more spectacular is the audio soundtrack, which is brought to you in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and also in 2.0 LPCM Stereo that takes your breath away that is total perfection, especially as everything is facilitated by the fact that it is a technically managed masterpiece. With the orchestration and the voice of Mylène Farmer is so natural in a concert environment and gives you effect that you are hearing it like an actual studio recording, but live! So, all in all it is technically impressive, and as always you get total technical brilliance collaboration with Laurent Boutonnat and Mylène Farmer together, they are perfectionists. Dynamics is also totally delicious, the voices are well placed and mixing those singers and Mylène Farmer give "body" to all, and I really enjoyed the sound of the brilliant professional musicians and voices in the quiet moments, really captured in a brilliant post production, where we hear perfectly Mylène Farmer sing, whisper, breathe, live Mylène Farmer does so brilliantly and especially with sincerity. Overall, the work on the 5.1 surround sound track is a totally mind blowing event, but the 2.0 LPCM audio track seemed very simplistic in comparison. Anyway, since you have the choice between 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and the 2.0 LPCM audio track is a matter of choice, but I will always go for the 5.1 DTS-HD Surround sound, as this really shows you how a concert should be heard. This Blu-ray is a total MUST for all aficionados who want to get the best results from an awesome ultimate concert as this one! And it is an amazing technical innovation that the press had mentioned and especially in the amazing professional magazine Les Années Laser and states that, "Timeless 2013 Le Film is one of the few Blu-ray 1080p video proposing such a soundtrack." Simply because this format brings a real plus bonus in terms of sound quality: the acute becomes more defined, and more importantly, you lose a lot less micro-information and subtleties, which François Hanss said in a private conversation and those extra exclusive information about the technical specifications on this Blu-ray. Mylène Farmer also said, "I wanted to offer the public a real bonus, with absolutely new and very diverse of the Timeless 2013 Tour and hoping they will satisfy the most demanding critic!"
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: TIMEDRESS: Creation of the Costumes  [1080p] [15:15] Jean-Paul Gautier, who explains his concept design for the Mylène Farmer 'Timeless 2013 Le Film Concert,' but unless you understand French, you will have to basically guess what Jean-Paul Gautier thought process on the costume designs for Mylène Farmer and the Dancers. Still at least you get up close and personal with the actual beautiful stunning costumes. French Language. No English Subtitles.
Special Feature: OH LES FILLES  [1080p] [10:56] Robotique: Philippe Stegman, who is the Director of Technique and Artistique who built the robots, and also explains how they were controlled and at least you get to see the beautiful robots up close. French Language. No English Subtitles.
Special Feature: EYE SCREEN  [1080p] [13:22] Anni Dautane, Eve Ramoz and Luc Froehlicher talk about the technical aspect of the awesome and amazing computer animation you get to see on the massive big video screen at the back of the stage. French Language. No English Subtitles.
Special Feature: TIME AFTER TIME  [1080p] [12:48] This is a documentary on the preparation of the massive Timeless 2013 Tour, and as a bonus you get to hear the comments of the fans and especially all the massive gay fans about their feeling towards the Mylène Farmer concert they are about to see. Plus you also get to view what goes on behind the scene in preparation for the concert. French Language. No English Subtitles.
Special Feature: SHOW ME  [1080p] [27:38] Here we get to see a very intimate look behind-the-scene backstage with Mylène Farmer and Gary Jules. Plus all the people involved with the concert, especially all the rehearsals, as well as showing us the different locations the concert appeared mainly in Europe, but also in Russia. French Language. No English Subtitles.
Special Feature: TECH ME: Creation of the Scene and Logistics  [1080p] [15:00] Here we get to see all the technical [nightmare] logistics with regards to the totally awesome lighting, robots and the massive big video screen is put together by a massive team. You also get explanation from the technical crew on how everything is operated. French Language. No English Subtitles.
Special Feature: IN TIME  [1080p] [5:28] Her we get to see the actual white dog in an intimate personal video that is used in the publicity merchandising for the 'Timeless 2013 Concert Tour.' Plus also an intimate look behind the scene with certain members of the staff involved with the concert, which again is like a private video documentary. French Language. No English Subtitles.
Special Feature: GENESIS ALTERNATIVE  [1080p] [6:48] Here we get to see the start the awesome concert that has a fixed camera pointing at the stage. You then get to see the camera slowly zoom in and out several times before Mylène Farmer appears on stage.
Special Feature: BAND ANNOUNCE: Timeless 2013  [1080p] [4:23] This is like a promotional video trailer, without any comment, that gives you stunning sample images throughout the concert, which is exactly the same video trailer you can get to view via the YouTube video web site.
Special Feature: FILM ANNOUNCEMENT: Timeless 2013  [1080p] [1:03] Pathé Live presents another alternative image of the concert and again in the style of a promotional video like the previous YouTube video, but it is a much shorter video trailer.
Special Feature: TIC TAC  [1080p] [1:46] Hidden Bonus
BONUS: Special Booklet: You get the most amazing stunning designed 36 page booklet that has the most awesome stunning images of the 'Timeless 2013 Concert.' Plus full details on all the Cast and Crew.
Finally, to sum up everything, all I can say is that this is again is another stunning spectacular Blu-ray disc that Universal Music has released and has certainly done a very professional job. The quality is totally awesome and when I first viewed this concert, I got very emotional, as that is what a Mylène Farmer concert does to me, but this 'Mylène Farmer: Timeless 2013 Le Film' [Limited Edition Double Blu-ray Collector's DigiPack Set] is once again a totally emotional experience, like I also had with the equally brilliant Blu-ray disc 'Stade De France' Blu-ray Concert, as the 1080p encoded images is again the BEST I have ever viewed and other people who have viewed this Blu-ray disc with me, says exactly the same and anyone who wants to show off a Blu-ray disc with the ultimate reference HD images, then this is a must purchase as the 'Mylène Farmer: Timeless 2013 Le Film' Blu-ray disc will be your ultimate Blu-ray tour-de-force, as again your visitors will have an awesome jaw dropping experience, plus and equally awesome jaw dropping 5.1 DTS-HD Surround audio mix and that is why I am so proud to have this 2 Disc Special Edition in my Blu-ray Collection and each time I have viewed any of the Mylène Farmer concerts on Blu-ray discs, it always blows me away every time, especially with an experience that is hard to describe the awesome images you view in this review, as you have to actually experience it first hand on your 3D Flat Screen Widescreen Television and also your Home Cinema set-up to appreciate my reviews that I am trying to portray for you. But most important, I just wish they would release the other Mylène Farmer Concerts and all of her awesome Music Videos that are only available on Region 2 DVD discs, as they deserve the ultimate Blu-ray treatment and then my Mylène Farmer Collection will be complete for the time being, until another Concert is released sometime in the near future. Despite the Blu-ray discs released so far are only on the Region B/2 format, sadly as stated above, for people living in the North American Region A/1 area, to view any of the Blu-ray Mylène Farmer Concerts, you will of course have to purchase a Multi-region Blu-ray Player, which I know will be well worth it, as I know the images you see, will blow you away and you will experience something that is only unique to the awesome Mylène Farmer. Very Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller ' Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom