One thing I thought of since reviewing the Blu-ray is the complete absence of backstage/"Making of" footage from the DVD/Blu-ray releases of H!P concerts in the last few years. I remember when one winter concert (2008) included a whole separate disc of backstage footage.
Anyone have any insights into why there's no backstage footage included with the concerts anymore?
Because they moved that all onto the DVD Magazines you buy at the concerts. They also moved a lot of the other concert footage you don't see into the magazines too. Like other performances that didn't make it onto the DVD release of the concert for example.
You can only buy them on UF-Online though. They only show up during concert runs and during the plays and musicals. Every group has them, including the K!Eggs. They also release Hello!Project ones during the group concerts. Usually they start off with the standard group DVD where they do quizes or talk or sometimes play games, then the next volume is usually background concert stuff from the previous concert series and if you're lucky a third volume will be released with even more footage from the concert series. It's a big hot mess if you actually sit and think about it. I'm having a really hard time trying to explain it all in enough detail that you'll understand.
They are basically the only way outside of TV where you can "get to know" the girls. I usually just torrent them from H!O when they appear. Some are better then others. Thankfully UF gives us previews of them on their YouTube page. Check them out. http://www.youtube.c...Ychannel/videos
The ones that have DVD in the title are the Magazines.