Cliff Richard-The 40th Anniversary Concert (2002)

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Released 19-Feb-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Animation & Audio
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 137:40
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (70:40) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Ian Hamilton
Studio
Distributor
VCI
Warner Vision
Starring Cliff Richard
Barrat Waugh
Michelle Wolf
Vincenzo La Scola
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, The band continues playing until the credits end.

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Plot Synopsis

    Cliff Richard: The 40th Anniversary Concert is a celebration of the career of one of the most enduring Rock and Roll era performers.

    The concert was filmed at The Royal Albert Theatre Hall in 1999. Cliff Richard delivers his performance in the round surrounded by his adoring (and sometimes elderly) fans. With the support of his band and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the audience get a chance to hear one of the most professional performers in the business.

    Sir Cliff performs a wide selection of his material, with songs from the 60s to the 90s. His fans would have been even more satisfied if the program had been weighted to the 60s era. Throughout the concert, Sir Cliff attempts dance moves to the songs - most of the time these look odd and out of place. At best, the dance moves make him look like he is in pain.

    During the concert, Sir Cliff is joined on stage by guest performers Barratt Waugh, Michelle Wolf and Vincenzo La Scola. They perform creditably, but are not in the same league as their host.

    The DVD is well produced and offers Cliff Richard fans the chance to experience the concert atmosphere without actually being there.

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Track Listing

1. From A Distance
2. Do You Wanna Dance
3. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
4. Softly As I Leave You
5. All That Matters
6. Daddy's Home
7. Real As I Wanna Be
8. I Will Always Love You
9. Miss You Nights
10. The Twelfth Of Never
11. Through The Fire
12. Some People
13. Wired For Sound
14. Move It
15. Even If It Breaks My Heart
16. Can't Keep This Feeling In
17. Every Time We Say Goodbye
18. Hope Faith And You
19. We Don't Talk Anymore
20. She Makes Me Feel Like A Man
21. The Miracle
22. Butterfly Kisses
23. Nessun Dorma
24. Vita Mia
25. Devil Woman
26. Ocean Deep
27. It'll Be Me
28. Peace In Our Time

Transfer Quality

Video

    The only way in which this video transfer could have been improved is for it to have been captured and presented in widescreen. Instead, the transfer aspect ratio is 1.33:1 (full frame).

    The video transfer to DVD is faultless. The amount of detail visible in the shadows is excellent. The blacks are very black, except when affected by the concert lights. There was no noticeable low level noise to be seen, even through the manufactured smoke haze.

    There is not a hint of grain, MPEG artefacts nor any film-to-video artefacts in sight.

    There are no subtitle options available on this DVD.

    The RSDL layer change occurs at 70:40 at the end of a song and is barely detectable.

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Audio

     The audio transfer on this DVD is more than acceptable.

     The disc has two audio tracks. The first, and also the default track, is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 kbps. The second track is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 kbps.

    There are no obvious audio sync problems.

    After listening to both tracks, the 5.1 mix is by far the superior, as it offers extra ambience via the surround channels. Although the surrounds are not used extensively, they do add to the overall experience. The addition of a dts track would have been appreciated.

    There was little use for the subwoofer given the style of music on offer - there's no head banging here!

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Extras

Menu Animation & Audio

    The menu system has excerpts of Cliff Richard singing from the concert as background video and audio. The menus only offer audio selection and scene selection.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    As far as I can ascertain there is no other version of this DVD in any region.

Summary

    If you are a fan of Cliff Richard then this DVD is a must. It has a near flawless video transfer and a more than acceptable audio track. However, if you are a casual listener, one of his other offerings with more of his classic hits may be more to your liking.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Geoff Greer (read my bio)
Friday, May 16, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-S525, using S-Video output
DisplayBang & Olufsen BeoVision Avante 82cm 16:9 Widescreen. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderDenon AVR-1803. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR 1803
SpeakersJensen SPX-9 Front, Jensen SPX-13 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 Rear, Jensen SPX-17 Sub

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