R&B Lovesongs (2003)

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Released 7-Apr-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music DVD Credits
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 99:03
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Various
Studio
Distributor
Sony Music
Sony Music
Starring Various
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $24.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, no credits

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Plot Synopsis

    This is a disc full of music videos meant to accompany the 2 CD compilation album of the same name, and it looks like the release date was timed for Mother's Day.

    If your idea of "R&B" include artists like James Brown or Ike/Tina Turner or maybe even George Benson, well I'm sorry - you are the wrong target audience and the wrong age group for this compilation. Even if you thought Babyface or Peabo Bryson was R&B - you are still too old. This seems to be "R&B" for the Generation Y dance club, featuring artists like Destiny's Child, Toni Braxton, Macy Gray, R. Kelly, Ginuwine and the late Aaliyah.

    I was surprised at how many songs I recognised whilst watching these - songs I've heard quite a few times on the radio. Still, I think it's a bit of a stretch to label these as a collection of "love songs" - some of them are fairly upbeat although some of them undoubtedly would go well with a candlelit dinner.

    The videos are pretty much what you would expect for a "post-MTV" generation - lots of prancing around and the vague semblance of a storyline which typically has nothing to do with the lyrics.

    The list of songs included is a subset of the tracks on the 2 CD set. However, there are a few songs on this disc that are not on the CD set, including Tracks 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, and 22.

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Track Listing

1. Fill Me In - Craig David
2. Say My Name - Destiny's Child
3. Unbreak My Heart - Toni Braxton
4. I Try - Macy Gray
5. U Know What's Up - Donnell Jones
6. If You Love Me - Brownstone
7. Don't Think I'm Not - Kandi
8. Shackles (Praise You) - Mary Mary
9. Don't Talk - Jon B
10. No More - Ruff Endz
11. Tell Me - Groove Theory
12. Let's Get Married - Jagged Edge
13. Dear Me - TLC
14. You Gotta Be - Des'ree
15. No More - 3LW
16. Right Here -SWV
17. Gone Til November - Wyclef Jean
18. Cowboys & Kisses - Anastacia
19. Stutter - Joe
20. Your Body's Callin' - R. Kelly
21. At Your Best (You Are Love) - Aaliy
22. Just Because - Ginuwine
23. Sentimental - Deborah Cox
24. I Will Survive - Chantay Savage

Transfer Quality

Video

    As this is a collection of music videos, the transfer aspect ratio varies from full frame to various letterboxed ratios.

    Most of the tracks are in full frame. The following tracks appear to be in 1.78:1 letterboxed (actually, these vary from 1.76:1 to 1.81:1 but I attribute that to frame cropping decisions):

    The following tracks have non-standard aspect ratios and are letterboxed:

    In general, the transfer quality is pretty good, although looking slightly soft compared to reference quality. Colours are fairly vibrant, except for clips that have intentionally muted colours or are in black and white (such as Track 14 - You Gotta Be).

    Compression artefacts seem to be limited to the occasional pixelization and Gibb's effect.

    I noticed an analogue video glitch around 16:31 in Track 4 (I Try).

    Unfortunately, there are no subtitle tracks on this single sided single layered disc.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There is only one audio track: English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s).

    In general, the quality of the audio transfer is very good - probably fairly close to CD quality apart from a slight "brittleness" or "edginess." Both extreme high and low frequencies are well represented. The sound is reasonably dynamic and full-bodied, and the soundstage is reasonably well articulated.

     I noticed a number of minor clipping distortion artefacts, notably in Track 6 (If You Love Me) and Track 15 (No More). I suspect these are present in the mix rather than transfer issues.

     I did not notice any audio synchronization issues.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    This is a fairly bare bones disc.

Menu

    There is an animated menu introduction, and animated menu transitions, but otherwise the menus are static. The aspect ratio is full frame.

DVD Credits

    This is a single still crediting the labels from which the song selections have been taken from.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title has yet to be released in Region 1.

Summary

    R&B Lovesongs is a collection of music video clips for a compilation of songs from various artists.

    The video transfer quality is okay.

    The audio transfer quality is also okay.

    Extras are almost non-existent.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RP82, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
SpeakersFront and surrounds: B&W CDM7NT, front centre: B&W CDMCNT, surround backs: B&W DM601S2, subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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