Pretenders: Loose In L.A.

Blu-Ray Reviews | Oct 21st, 2011

Starring: The Pretenders
Directed By: Brian Lockwood
Studio: Eagle Rock
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The Pretenders played the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles in 2003, and the result is Loose in L.A. A lot of the tracks played were around their new album Loose Screw at the time, so you hear a bit from that. But don’t worry there’s some classic tunes as well. Owning this concert on Blu-Ray is a no-brainer if you like the Pretenders.

The Pretenders do play some classic songs like “Message of You,” “Talk of the Town,” and later on with “Back on the Chain Gang” and “Brass in Pocket.” For the most part, their performance was very laid back and relaxed. That could be because Chrissie Hynde had to get some cortisone shots in her ass right before the show. It could also be that their old. One song that stood out during the performance was reggae-ish “Complex Person.” You know what songs the crowd wants to hear because they cheer as soon as they start. I don’t know every little song the Pretenders do, but I know a handful so it was nice hearing those on this live Blu-Ray.

The Blu-Ray is 1080i, but looks better to me than the Counting Crows Blu-Ray. No idea why that was. Maybe it’s just a simple thing like the lighting is brighter? This concert went on for a long time (140 minutes) and felt like it could have ended a little sooner. Rest of the Pretenders kind of just sit there and play, and Chrissie has a little bit more charisma and personality. At times the camera angles seemed a little unconventional or weird to me, but other than, this was a good concert performance.

Plus, there’s a music video for “You Know Who Your Friends Are” and some backstage footage, and concert montage footage. Worth checking out after the concert.

Full Length Video of “You Know Who Your Friends Are”
Backstage Footage
Concert Montage

Widescreen 1.78:1 Color

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ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Running Time: 140 mins
Rating: NR
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