Mariah Carey: The Adventures of Mimi (2007)

Genre(s): Music
Artist Nation || NR - 79 minutes - $19.99 || November 20, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-12-26


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Mariah Carey


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Behind-the-Scenes
  • Jukebox Feature
  • Documentary
  • Karaoke
  • Lovers and Haters


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Since I was a teenager, I’ve been a fan of Mariah Carey’s music. Sure, she might not be the greatest singer of all-time and will never be listed along the likes of Ella Fitzgerald or Diana Ross, but for my money, I still think she’s as talented as they come. Throughout the years, I’ve bought her albums with only one I didn’t like and eventually sold off (‘Charmbracelet’). After a tumultuous time from 2001 to 2004, suffering a mental breakdown leading to a withdrawal from public appearances – not to mention a short-lived partnership with Virgin Records and the box office failure of Glitter – Carey has returned to form with her latest, and tenth studio album, ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’ in 2005.

And now, for the first time four years, Mariah Carey returns to the tour circuit with “The Adventures of Mimi” tour. Those who can’t see her in concert now have the chance with this new DVD released by Artist Nation. This concert was filmed in high definition in Anaheim, California and features some of her top singles throughout her career including ‘It’s Like That’, ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Shake it Off’, ‘One Sweet Day’ (with a special appearance by Boyz II Men) and ‘We Belong Together’. Carey opens it up with the fast beat ‘It’s Like That’ wearing a skimpy outfit one could only call bra and panties (not complaining, mind you) and just provides a good old time for the thousands attending.

When it comes to DVDs, I’m not one that normally buys these kinds of music DVDs mainly because I don’t find much replay value, but of course I don’t have as much love for music as I do for movies...

As it is, the concert is fun and entertaining throughout its 79-minute runtime singing 18 songs in front of a sold out arena. Fans of Carey will love it while others might enjoy it for the eye candy value.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This two-disc set, available only at Best Buy (at least in the U.S.) contains the concert along with a couple nice features.

Disc one contains the concert and a behind-the-scenes (14:34) featurette that gives an inside look at how the concert came together and features interviews with everyone from, obvious, Mariah Carey to the dancers and others who put the music extravaganza together. A jukebox feature is also included for those who just want to watch a particular song/performance.

The second disc contains a karaoke feature where fans can sing karaoke style (with or without Carey’s vocals). Also included is a skit of sorts called Lovers and Haters (4:45) where Carey takes stabs at her critics.

But the biggie on this disc is a documentary (34:00) which is more of an extension on the ‘behind-the-scenes’ featurette containing the same kind of interview footage, but this is more rounded and provides Mariah Carey a chance to breakdown each segment and also has some comments from Randy Jackson of “American Idol” fame (who served as musical director for the tour).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

According to the DVD packaging, the concert was filmed in high definition and while watching it on an SD-DVD through an HDTV it looked fine, I didn’t think the picture was anything to boast about. It is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 1.78 OAR.

You get three audio options for this set: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. Honestly, switching them back and forth throughout the concert, I noticed very little difference. The DD5.1 track seemed to have some more oomph to it but the DTS track is just fine.



.::OVERALL::.

“The Adventures of Mimi” is a solid 2-disc set that fans of the pop/R&B songstress will love. It has some good special features that gives a glimpse on how the tour came to be and gives insight into Mariah Carey’s thoughts on going on tour again.