Madonna: Truth or Dare is what looks like, an honest portrayal of a pop diva and while some of it gets a bit obnoxious for my taste; it at least kept my attention throughout its 2 hour running time. The Blu-ray is weak on features, the video is serviceable while the audio is good enough; that said, it’s probably a fine upgrade so long as the price is kept under $10 and, of course, you’re a Madonna fan.
Lionsgate | R – 120 min. – $14.99 | April 3, 2012
Directed by: Alek Keshishian
Theatrical Release Date: May 10, 1991
Features: Theatrical Trailers
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish
Disc Size: 22.7 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 3.75/5
Plot Outline: America’s Queen of Pop (MADONNA) opens up to critics and fans alike in this tantalizing documentary that chronicles her unforgettable “Blonde Ambition” tour. Madonna is revealed entirely, onstage and off, as den mother to her family of dancers, sex goddess to her millions of fans, businesswoman, singer and dancer. Join the biggest star in the world of music and experience an intimate backstage look – from her hotel room to her dressing room, and from her stage show to her boudoir.
Quick Hit Review: I’ve always heard about this documentary but never had a chance to watch it until now and while some of it does get a tad annoying, it’s an interesting portrayal of Madonna and an honest one where there’s no filters, no B.S. press-like statements that sanitizes what the artist is thinking or feeling. It comes across as 100% authentic which is far more than I can say about reality TV in today’s world which I think gives Madonna: Truth or Dare an even more unique viewing experience.
Directed with a candid eye by Lebanese-born Alek Keshishian, who would go on to direct the woefully overly dramatic With Honors and the so-so comedy-drama Love and Other Disasters starring the late Brittany Murphy, manages to give us a real portrait of Madonna, one rarely seen. I highly doubt we’ll get the same unfiltered access with any celebrity ever again and even Madonna herself said she would never do something like Truth or Dare again, which makes this movie so much more fascinating.
If you by chance have yet to have seen Madonna: Truth or Dare and have even a slight interest in Madonna or just the music world, then by all means give this a shot. At nearly two hours it does stretch a bit but I still feel it’s worth it.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5
The only thing we get are 2 Theatrical Trailers (2:11; SD / 1:20; SD)
Previews – Shakespeare in Love, Velvet Goldmine, The Doors, Dirty Dancing
VIDEO – 2.75/5
Because the movie goes from color for the onstage scenes and black & white whenever we’re following Madonna around, it makes for a mixed bag for the video. For one thing, the behind-the-scenes elements in B&W were no doubt shot with a cheaper camera thus you’re going get an image that’s not very pretty or clean while the concert shots look a tad better especially with the close-ups. I don’t have the original DVD to compare it with, but it’s probably an OK upgrade.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track meanwhile is fine and serviceable with clean audio coming mainly from the center channel for the random chatter with the other speakers kicking in for Madonna’s musical performances. It’s not a great lossless track but certainly good enough.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, Madonna: Truth or Dare is what looks like, an honest portrayal of a pop diva and while some of it gets a bit obnoxious for my taste; it at least kept my attention throughout its 2 hour running time. The Blu-ray is weak on features, the video is serviceable while the audio is good enough; that said, it’s probably a fine upgrade so long as the price is kept under $10 and, of course, you’re a Madonna fan.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
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