The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD looks great, with images of the performance nicely rendered throughout. Colors are rich and vibrant, with well-balanced fleshtones and deep blacks. Interviews with stars like Sting, Mariah Carey, and Tina, herself, seem a bit smeared and undefined. Minor aliasing problems are noticed due to fine details around the stage, but are not too distracting because of the lighting. Some stock footage of the early Ike and Tina days is implemented. (Suzanne Hodges)
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