Although I'm certainly not in the target audience for either performer, I will give Disney credit for the idea of releasing concert films of Hannah Montana (last year's "Best of Both Worlds: The 3-D Concert Experience") and the Jonas Brothers ("Jonas Brothers: 3D Concert Experience") in 3-D; while it certainly isn't live, parents likely appreciate the choice of the more budget-friendly experience of going to the movies instead of trying to pay scalper rates for the (likely) sold-out concerns of both acts. In a time where musical tours have seen diminishing ticket sales, "The Best of Both Worlds" tour not only sold out quickly, but some were willing to pay shocking amounts to scalpers for tickets, with some reports of tickets changing hands for as much as $6,000 for a pair.
"Jonas Brothers Experience" is directed by Bruce Hendricks ("Best of Both Worlds" and 2002's surprisingly thrilling IMAX feature, "Ultimate X") and is filmed by a pair of talented cinematographers - Mitchell Amundsen ("Transformers", "Transformers 2") and Reed Smoot (famed for his large format work, including "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure" and "Ultimate X".)
The film takes the same format as "Best of Both Worlds Tour", providing concert footage with a mixture of behind-the-scenes tidbits edited in in-between. The picture opens with a look at the trio preparing for their concert early one morning and then heading off to the show, only to find themselves stuck in a traffic jam and then chased by fans on the way to the venue, in a nod to "Hard Day's Night".
While I find the music to be bubblegum fluff rock, I suppose the Jonas trio does at least get credit for playing their own instruments. The film has them playing a high-energy show to a massive crowd on their "Burnin' Up" tour. Guest performances are also featured from Taylor Swift and fellow "Camp Rock" star Demi Lovato. This Blu-Ray/DVD multi-pack includes the Blu-Ray edition of the film, the DVD edition of the film and a digital copy for PC's/portable devices. Both the 2-D & 3-D versions of the concert are included on the Blu-Ray edition (the DVD is 2-D only), as well as 3-D glasses.
VIDEO: "Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience" is presented on Blu-Ray by Disney Home Entertainment in 1.78:1 (1080p/AVC.) Presentation quality is generally terrific, especially during the concert sequences, which look crystal clear and show solid depth to the image. While some of the behind-the-scenes footage looks a tad softer and occasionally grainy, the quality of the footage is improved over the similar backstage footage in "Best of Both Worlds". A few slight instances of edge enhancement was seen, but no additional concerns were spotted. Colors (stage lighting, etc) looked bold and well-saturated, with no smearing or other faults.
SOUND: The show is presented with a DTS-HD 7.1 soundtrack. Audio quality is quite good, as the music sounds rich and bassy, with clear, well-recorded vocals. The surrounds are used for mild reinforcement of the music and quite a bit of crowd noise.
EXTRAS: Two additional songs - "Love Bug" and "Shelf" - are also included, as well as a 15-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, "Up Close and Personal". The bonus features are presented in HD.
Final Thoughts: While I'm certainly not in the target audience for the Jonas Brothers, the film does at least provide a visually slick look at the show from front-row seats. The Blu-Ray offers excellent audio/video quality, as well as a few minor extras. Recommended for fans.