Santana-Supernatural Live (2000)

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Released 25-Sep-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Behind-The-Scenes Rehearsal Footage
Featurette-Supernatural Featurette
Music Video-Maria Maria
Music Video-Corazon Espinado
Music Video-Smooth
Music Video-Put Your Lights On
Audio Interview-Cast-Carlos Santana + stills
Song Lyrics
Notes-Program and Album Credits
Notes-Fan Club Information and More
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 87:41 (Case: 84)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (62:53) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Joel Gallen

Warner Vision
Starring Carlos Santana
Dave Matthews
Carter Beauford
Sarah McLachlan
Lauryn Hill
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Carlos Santana

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Spanish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, action during opening and closing credits

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Plot Synopsis

    Being a fan of Carlos Santana and his music I put my hand up for this review and was not disappointed in any way. For those who do not know, Carlos Santana is one of the greatest guitarists ever born, rivalling Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Even though Santana's music is not of my generation, I discovered him through his newest album, Supernatural. This concert is based on that album, along with a couple of other songs added for the special.

    Besides the megastar Carlos Santana, the concert features no less than eleven guests that include Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan, Everlast, Lauryn Hill and Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 fame. Most of the concert is very entertaining, especially the first few songs, although there are a couple of relatively boring songs later in the program. One disappointment is that Eagle Eye Cherry is not featured in the concert.

    Overall, Santana: Supernatural Live is a great disc. I have been watching it quite consistently over the last few days and will continue to watch it in the future.

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Track Listing

1. (Da Le) Yaleo
2. Love of My Life
3. Angel
4. Put Your Lights On
5. Africa Bamba
6. Do You Like The Way
7. Migra
8. Day of Celebration
9. Victory is Won
10. Maria Maria
11. Apache
12. Smooth/Dame Tu Amor
13. Gypsy Queen/Oye Como Va
14. Make Somebody Happy/Right On Be...

Transfer Quality


    Santana: Supernatural Live is accompanied by a excellent transfer with only minor flaws.

    It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is a little on the soft side, but only a little. Detail is very good for the most part. The shadow detail is exemplary - the concert is set in dark conditions with low lighting, and shadow detail really shows up. No low-level noise or edge enhancement was apparent.

    The colours are amazing. Saturation is perfect, skin tones are natural and the backdrop of the stage is quite vibrant. The colours are made up of reds mainly,  although some blue is used as well. Normally, this would present problems with colour bleeding and chroma noise, but none of these problems are exhibited by this transfer.

    No MPEG artefacts were present in the transfer, and I did not spot any aliasing anywhere. There were no flecks nor marks shown since this transfer has been sourced from video, which also explains why no telecine wobble was apparent. The only problem in this transfer was the appearance of some horizontal lines for a frame or two (a tape tracking error) at one point.

    This disc is RSDL formatted with the layer change occurring at 62:53. The layer change is rather obtrusive, occuring in the middle of Rob Thomas's sentence. One of the many fade to blacks would have been more appropriate.

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


    The audio transfer is well above average.

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track and an English DTS 5.1 track. I listened to both tracks.

    The soundtrack is very much a front soundstage mix, with little to no directional effects from the front speakers.

    Vocals and dialogue are very clear at all times, except when Carlos Santana is speaking, as he tends to drift off a little.

    Even though the two audio tracks are both 5.1 channel mixes, the mix sounds more stereo-oriented which is definitely better for a concert as it sounds more realistic and natural, unlike The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over in DTS, which sounds like you are in the middle of the band as they play around you. In this concert, the music is projected from the front soundstage with ambient effects being produced from the surround speakers. Their main usage is for backing the percussion instruments and also for some crowd effects. This has been mixed very well and nicely creates the effect of being at a concert.

    The subwoofer is constantly active, but is never pushed into overload. This is due to none of the musicians forcing it to be so driven, except occasionally for the bass guitarist.

Dolby Digital vs DTS
    The difference between the Dolby Digital track and the DTS track is very slight, but is noticeable.

    The DTS track gives a slightly more detailed sound, with the differences between the instruments being able to be made out more, while the Dolby track merges more of the sounds together, creating a more blurred effect. This is only apparent when directly comparing the two audio tracks. Without direct comparison, this wouldn't be apparent.

    The LFE channel is a lot more controlled in the DTS track - it hums along nicely, never interfering with the higher frequencies of the percussion section or Santana's finely-tuned guitar work. In comparison, the Dolby LFE channel is a lot more bloated and loose.

    The only other difference is in the surround usage. The DTS track sounds less like sound emanating from speakers and more like sound coming from people all around you. The Dolby Digital track sounds slightly less realistic than the DTS track.

    I declare the winner in this case to be DTS over Dolby Digital, but it would come down to personal preference as the tracks are so alike. If you cannot hear DTS on this disc, you are not missing out on too much.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    A good selection of extras are present on this disc which is surprising for a music disc, as normally they are concert-only affairs.


   The menu is very colourful and has some animation. It has Dolby Digital 2.0 audio which is excessively loud compared to the concert. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

Behind-The-Scenes Rehearsal Footage (6:27)

    This is Santana and Wayne Shorter rehearsing their song. The video quality is a little worse than the main feature. It is presented in 1.33:1 and has Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks.

Featurette: Supernatural (8:34)

    A very short featurette relating to the Supernatural album, which features interviews with a lot of the performers on the album. It explains how most of the songs came to be. Unfortunately, it is much too short! I wished the length was longer, as it is the most interesting extra on the disc. It is presented in 1.33:1 and has Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

Music Videos (4)

These are all presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and have Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. They are all very good quality except Maria Maria which is a little dark.

Audio Interview: Carlos Santana (19:00) with photo gallery (19)

    This has Santana talking about his introduction to music and also his beginnings in the industry. He tends to drone on a bit, almost as if the interviewer is urging him to. While you hear the interview nineteen stills are being shown. They run through about six times and became boring by the end. This interview is in Dolby Digital 2.0.

Text-Based Extras

    The lyrics and biography are a nice inclusion, while the credits and fan club info are just taking up space.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc appears to be identically-featured worldwide, although I was unable to find any reviews in order to compare the audio and video quality.


    Santana: Supernatural Live is a very good but long concert. The video quality is excellent. All concerts should be presented with this style of audio, as it is wonderful. The extras are more than acceptable for a music disc. Overall, if you are a fan of Santana, buy this disc today. If not, still check this disc out. Highly recommended.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Wednesday, October 18, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-626D, using Component output
DisplayToshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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SpeakersMain Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s

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