Katy Perry: Part Of Me Blu-ray Review
“Katy Perry: Part Of Me” is a revealing part documentary, part concert film.
As someone who generally despises modern music, I have to admit to liking Katy Perry. She’s cute, she’s quirky, she’s charming, she’s talented, and her songs (whether you like it or not) get stuck in your head frequently. So, when I heard that she was getting her own documentary/concert film, I was intrigued to learn more about this musician. When it comes to most concert films, you generally don’t get much insight into the mind of the musician. More often than not, the movies tend to be puff piece cash-ins. “Part Of Me,” however, definitely does not fall into that category.
Taking place during her 2011 World Tour, “Part Of Me” follows the exhausting and successful year in the life of Katy Perry while also incorporating stories about her parents, her past, her rise to stardom, as well as her early music (which sounds nothing like her new tunes). Additionally, we also get a behind-the-scenes look at the people behind-the-scenes in her life and the ones who put on the shows such as her stylist, manager, make-up artist, assistant, Record Label employees, and her sister Angela. Naturally, you also get to see a number of performances (mostly partial performances) of her hit tunes like “Hot N Cold,” “I Kissed A Girl,” “E.T.,” “Last Friday Night,” “The One That Got Away,” “Firework,” and “California Gurls.”
The most interesting part of “Part Of Me,” however, has nothing to do with her music, but with her life. With a non-prying, fly on the wall directorial style, we get an unflinching look into Perry’s internal and personal struggles. With the tour madness, crazy travel schedules, and her crumbling marriage with Russell Brand, it’s truly amazing that Perry didn’t completely breakdown during this tour. In fact, it’s quite inspiring to see her work through the pain and depression she clearly had to go on stage and perform on a near nightly basis. It just goes to show you how unglamorous and difficult the music business can be even for an entertainer who is at the top of her game.
Summary: Even if you aren’t necessarily a fan of Katy Perry, I’d recommend giving “Part Of Me” a gander.
The film, which is presented in widescreen 1080p, is definitely meant to be seen in hi-def. The cinematography and the colorful stage performances look utterly bland when compared to the Blu-ray video quality. I should also note that this movie is also available on Blu-ray 3D as well.
The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does what it should do- be loud. The concert performances and behind-the-scenes footage have perfect audio levels and are never muffled or hard to hear.
* DVD Copy and Ultraviolet Digital Copy.
* Full concert performances of “Last Friday Night” and “Waking Up In Vegas.”
* “The Grammys You’ll Never Take Away From Me”- A behind-the-scenes look at the Grammy performance.
* “California Dreams Tour: Behind The Scenes”- A 6 part extra that covers dancing, Katy’s friends, a tattoo, a birthday surprise for the manager, celebs chatting about Perry, and the “E.T.” single.
*”Grandma: Thinking Of You”- Tweets and footage of Katy Perry’s grandmother.