Santana-Supernatural Live (2000)
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Behind-The-Scenes Rehearsal Footage
Music Video-Maria Maria
Music Video-Corazon Espinado
Music Video-Put Your Lights On
Audio Interview-Cast-Carlos Santana + stills
Notes-Program and Album Credits
Notes-Fan Club Information and More
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||87:41 (Case: 84)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (62:53)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Joel Gallen|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, action during opening and closing credits|
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.
|1. (Da Le) Yaleo|
2. Love of My Life
4. Put Your Lights On
5. Africa Bamba
6. Do You Like The Way
|8. Day of Celebration|
9. Victory is Won
10. Maria Maria
12. Smooth/Dame Tu Amor
13. Gypsy Queen/Oye Como Va
14. Make Somebody Happy/Right On Be...
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|