Review: Madonna mesmerizing on new ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ DVD and Blu-ray

The “Queen of Pop” Madonna is back stronger than ever with her new “Rebel Heart Tour” live DVD and Blu-ray that was released on Eagle Vision.

This collection features 22 smash songs from the “Material Girl.” It kicks off with “Iconic” and the unapologetic “Bitch I’m Madonna,” prior to her classic hit “Burning Up,” which had a retro vibe to it. The DVD includes an acoustic version of “True Blue” and a distinct version of “Like a Virgin.”
 

Equally fun was her “Living for Love” song, which was followed by such pop staples as “La Isla Bonita,” and “Dress You Up,” which was incorporated as a medley with “Lucky Star” and “Into the Groove.” Some of the highlight songs were “Like a Prayer,” “Music,” her namesake song “Material Girl” and her encore performance of “Holiday.” She commanded the stage for the duration of the “Rebel Heart Tour,” where she proved that the pop throne still belongs to her, well over 30 years into her accomplished career.

 

With her “Rebel Heart Tour,” Madonna was able to take the music fan on a journey of her hits over all the years from the 80’s until her latest radio singles today. It was a true labor of love, and for a viewer, a treat from a musical goddess.

 

The Verdict

 

Overall, this live DVD and Blu-ray of the “Rebel Heart Tour” is a must for any die-hard fan of Madonna, who is the best-selling female recording artist of all time; moreover, it is recommended for anybody who may have missed her “Rebel Heart Tour,” since it gives the viewer a front-row seat to that vivacious musical experience. Eagle Vision delivers once again. It garners an A rating.

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Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour Blu-ray review

Madonna embarked on her Rebel Heart World Tour in 2015 and she performed an amazing 82 shows across North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The tour was her 10th to date and was in support of the album of the same name, which featured the singles Living For Love, Ghosttown and Bitch I’m Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj. Various stops on the tour were filmed and fans can now relive the epic show in the comfort of their own home by picking up the Blu-ray and DVD release.

When it comes to touring, Madonna always puts on a spectacular show. She’s unparalleled when it comes to the sets, choreography and surprises throughout her performance. Some critics would like to have you believe that Madonna is a shadow of her former self and that’s simply not true. As a performer she continues to push the envelope and redefine what it means to be a successful woman in a male dominated industry. The Rebel Heart Tour is now different and the show is full of religious imagery (which of course proved controversial), bad language, simulated sex acts and of course fantastic music.

The set list for the most part is pulled from the Rebel Heart album. Madonna peppers it with selections from her back catalogue but the performances of those songs are remixed to fit into the overall theme and sound of the show. Vogue is mashed up with Holy Water, True Blue is given a ukulele makeover and Like a Virgin is almost unrecognisable musically from its original form.

The show opens with Iconic, a song that features a spoken part from Mike Tyson and it’s one of the boldest songs from the Rebel Heart album. It’s a superb start to the show and the spectacle kicks in immediately with detailed costumes, impressive choreography and stunning sets. Highlights across the performance include Rebel Heart, where Madonna performs while playing the guitar, a spine-tingling rendition of HeartBreakCity that takes place on a staircase as Madonna spars with one of her male backing dancers, and La Isla Bonita, which is turns the stage into a party.

Madonna splits the show into segments with the icon taking on a variety of roles including a samurai, a geisha and a jazz lounge singer. As always she fully embodies whatever character she’s playing and she has a lot of fun with it. I was a bit baffled however as to why one of the female backing dancers performed with her breasts on display for the majority of the show. I’m not being a prude but I didn’t see what it really added.

While the show is very good and Madonna is on top form, the editing and some of the directorial decisions are a bit odd. Frequently throughout the show there are unnecessary slow-motion moments, which jar the performance from the audio and make it look like Madonna isn’t actually singing. Projections flash up on the screen frequently and they are very distracting. There are also several moments that splice together performances of the same song from different shows and I found that a bit bizarre. Madonna’s costume and hair would change within the span of a verse.

Perhaps the most disappointing part of the release is the sound mix. Half the time it doesn’t look like Madonna is actually singing and there are so many effects on her voice, you can’t really hear her. Having seen Madonna live before I know that she sings live these days but it’s hard to tell through much of this show save for the moments where she’s playing guitar or not surrounded by dancers.

Extras on the release include an excerpt from Madonna’s Tears of a Clown show and a bonus performance of Like a Prayer.

There’s no denying that the Rebel Heart Tour was a true spectacle but I don’t think this release wholly does it justice. The stylisation is distracting and adds nothing to the show. Maybe I’m old-fashioned but I would have preferred to just see the performance without all the bells and whistles. Madonna is an incredible performer and she doesn’t need the level of fancy editing that’s been applied here. A straight performance from one date of the tour would have been a better watch. Rebel Heart Tour is still an entertaining watch but sometimes less really is more.

Please read full review at Entertainment-focus

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Confessions On A Dance Floor – MASSIVE update with new articles and memorabilia!

Our Confessions On A Dance Floor promo page has received a huge update including:

  • Press – MANY new newspaper and magazine articles, all originally scanned in color
  • Memorabilia – rare official memorabilia added including Thai and American press releases, promo flyers, promo stickers and so much more!

Confessions On A Dance Floor is a much beloved era and one of Madonna’s most succesful. ‘Hung Up’ was Madonna’s biggest hit in The Netherlands to date, spending seven weeks (!) at the number one spot in the charts! 

Relive the era now by clicking HERE

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Madonna Opens Up About Life with 6 Kids and Her Emotional Adoption Journey: ‘It’s Complicated — But So Worth It’ + on cover of new edition!

How Madonna Is Raising Malawi: Inside Her Emotional Work Saving Orphans and Fighting Poverty in Africa
Madonna discusses the emotional work she and her organization Raising Malawi are doing to build and operate Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.
 

Madonna opens up about her life as a mom — and how she’s saving lives in Africa with her charity Raising Malawi. Subscribe now  for an exclusive look into the megastar’s life — only in PEOPLE!

Madonna may be the highest-selling female artist of all time, but at home she’s just Mom — or “Mambo,” as the four youngest of her six kids call her.

For this week’s issue, the pop icon, 59, offered a rare glimpse inside her private world, inviting PEOPLE to join her in Malawi on July 11, when she opened the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the nation’s first children’s hospital. A month later, at her home in London, she opened up about her emotional adoption journey, why she’s dedicated to helping the children of Malawi — and her busy, rewarding life as mom to Lourdes, 20, Rocco, 17, David, 11, Mercy, 11, and 5-year-old twins Estere and Stella.

Malawi — a beautiful but struggling country in southeast Africa — has become a “second home” for Madonna in recent years. After first visiting in 2006, she founded Raising Malawi, a nonprofit that aims to educate and support health services for countless orphans and children in the country. It’s also where she met four kids who would change her life forever.

Already mom to Lourdes (with former flame Carlos Leon) and Rocco (with ex-husband Guy Ritchie), the singer first saw son David Banda at Home of Hope, an orphanage in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city. He was a baby battling pneumonia and malaria at the time, and feeling an instant connection, she began the adoption process.

But when she brought him home to London in 2008, the reception wasn’t anything she’d imagined. “Every newspaper said I kidnapped him,” Madonna says. “In my mind, I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute. I’m trying to save somebody’s life. Why are you all s—-ing on me right now?’ I did everything by the book. That was a real low point for me. I would cry myself to sleep.”

Madonna met Mercy James around the same time as David, and adopting her was even more difficult. Because she had recently divorced Ritchie, Malawian officials told her “I was not capable of raising a child,” she says. “The way I was treated — that sexist behavior — was ridiculous,” adds Madonna, who successfully challenged the refusal in Malawi’s Supreme Court and brought home Mercy in 2009.

In February, the star brought home Estere and Stella, orphaned twins whom she met at Home of Hope 2½ years ago. Last summer, she again began the adoption process, which she says was just as rigorous: “Because I’m a public figure, people don’t want to be perceived as giving me any kind of special treatment, so I get the hard road.”

Adds the proud mom: “It’s complicated, but it’s so worth it.”

For much more on Madonna, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday.

After seven months, Estere and Stella are acclimated. “It’s like they’ve always been here,” says Madonna of the precocious pair, who have become the stars of her latest Instagram posts.

Moana and Sing play on loop at her home, but when “Holiday” came on during dinner and David told the twins it was one of Mambo’s hits, “they were like, ‘Huh?’” Madonna says.

Of the fact that their mom is the Queen of Pop: “They don’t have a clue,” she says, “and that’s a good thing. I’m just their mother.”

More at PEOPLE.com

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Madonna American Life – massive update to album promo page including MANY HQ pictures!

Very proud to present to you our new and improved American Life promo page!

Many new magazine articles have been added as well as a rare Dutch promo poster in the memorabilia section. But not only that there is a brand new ‘Pictures’ section with HQ original promo pictures from the album and the promotional tour. In the Music video section we have added all the official music video’s including the AVIDDIVA remix video’s! In the ‘Video’ section please view our playlist and see a rare German interview.

Relive this fabulous era and enter American Life NOW

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Avicii Talks Quitting Touring, Disappointing Madonna, New Music

You worked on Madonna’s Rebel Heart album a couple of years ago. Have you stayed in touch with her?
Not really. I’d love to work with her again, but that was right when I was busiest, and I think she might have been disappointed in me for not being able to put in as much time as she wanted. A lot of things start suffering when you don’t have the energy or time to do things properly. You think you can get away with it, but the quality suffers.

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Drowned World Tour large update added – many new articles on the tour!

Another very large update added!

We take a look back at Madonna’s groundbreaking Drowned World Tour performed live worldwide in 2001.

We have added a load of new newspaper clippings, reviews on the show in Barcelona and on people winning a ticket in Berlin in exchange for sex! Magazine articles have also been updated, as well as the facts and video’s section.

Check it all out NOW

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Rebel Heart Tour screening in Paris – win a ticket to attend!

On Friday September 15th the Rebel Heart Tour will be released as a 2 CD/DVD/BluRay and Digital Album!

One official projection preview of the movie will take place in Paris on Saturday September 9th from 4:30 pm to 7 pm.

Madonnaonstage.com offers you a chance to attend the event! Do not miss the opportunity to experience this unique event on the big screen in the Cinema Publicis of the Champs-Elysées, the spectacular show of the Queen of Pop!

Try to win one of the two tickets available via Madonnaonstage.com by answering this question:

How many Rebel Heart shows did Madonna perform in total?

(1st: You need to like AND share our (madonnaonstage) facebook page!)

Send your answers by private message on our Facebook page.
Specifying your name, first name, date of birth, phone number and address.

ATTENTION, YOU HAVE ONLY UNTIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH (10:00 am) TO PARTICIPATE!

The costs of travel and/or accommodation are not included with the invitation, make sure to be able to go to the event before participating!

Good luck to all!

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