Usher-Live: Evolution 8701 (2002)

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Released 25-Nov-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Booklet
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Rehearsal Song: U Don't Have To Call
Featurette-Usher Bio Video
Web Links
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 93:31 (Case: 90)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (49:20) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Hamish Hamilton

Warner Vision
Starring Usher
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Usher

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Usher Live is a very slickly produced concert DVD, which looks like a Broadway Stage Show, yet sounds like an R&B concert.

    Born in Atlanta, Usher Raymond IV started singing with a local gospel choir. At thirteen he signed a record deal, and began his recording career. Now in his early 20s, Usher has already won a Grammy for best R&B vocal, and his fourth album, 8701, which spawned this concert, is six-time platinum in sales. Usher is also a very accomplished dancer, and he and his support singer/dancers provide a great high-energy stage show.

    While I cannot claim to be an Usher fan, I did recognise a few of the songs, such as U Got it Bad, U Don't Have to Call, and I Need a Girl. I also enjoyed the great dancing and the smooth pace with which the concert moved. While everything in this concert is derivative, from the Jimi Hendrix style National Anthem opening, to the Michael Jackson and Prince-styled choreography, it is obvious that a lot of time and energy went into planning, choreographing, and rehearsing this show.

    The tracks on the DVD are:

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Track Listing

1. I Don't Know
2. If I Want To
3. Just Like Me
4. I Can't Let You Go
5. Bedtime
6. Nice & Slow
7. I Need A Girl
8. Twork It Out
9. 8701 Interlude
10. U Got It Bad
11. My Way
12. U Make Me Wanna
13. U Remind Me
14. U Don't Have To Call
15. What's Goin' On

Transfer Quality


    Recorded as a widescreen image, with Hi Definition video, and featuring great camera work, editing, and a few effects, this DVD's transfer is excellent.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness is excellent, and the shadow detail is in keeping with the concert lighting. There are a rich palette of colours, which seems to accurately capture the original image. There are no problems with MPEG, film-to-video, or film artefacts.

    There are no subtitles present on this DVD.

    This is an RSDL disc, with the layer change at 49:20. It is noticeable but not disruptive.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There are three audio options: English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), and English dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s). The latter two are definitely preferred for their use of the surrounds, which captures the excitement of the crowd. The dts track is the better of the three for its greater presence in the bass, and its greater clarity.

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are excellent on all three audio tracks.

    The musical score is largely comprised of Usher's music, some of which he wrote or co-wrote. If you're unfamiliar with Usher, imagine a young R&B version of Barry White.

    The surround presence and activity is excellent with the 5.1 mixes. The roar of the very enthusiastic crowd is piped through the rears, and one feels as though one is in the crowd throughout.

    The LFE on both the Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts 5.1 tracks is very good, however, the dts audio seems to have greater presence and range in the bass.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    There are a few extras.


    An animated menu with audio.


    A small, colour booklet (one folded double-sided page), with publicity photographs.

Rehearsal Song - U Don't Have To Call (6.02)

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, with three audio options: English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), and English dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s).

Featurette - Usher Bio Video (1:44)

    This is the same video that appears at the opening of the concert.

Biography and Discography

    Text-based information about Usher and his recording career.

Photo Gallery

    A series of photographs covering Usher's tour.

Web Link

    A link to Usher's fan site on the Internet:

R4 vs R1

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

    Usher Live has been released on DVD in Region 1, and the two versions seem to be the same.


   Usher Live is a well-produced and well-executed concert and DVD that would please most, if not all, Usher fans.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is also excellent, and is a very immersive concert recording.

    The extras are interesting.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
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