Laura Pausini-Live 2001-2002 World Tour (2001)

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Released 5-May-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Menu Audio
Music Video-Volvere Junto A Ti, E Ritorno Da Te, Una Storia Che Vale
Music Video-Dos Historias Iguales
Additional Footage-Spanish Tracks: Volvere Junto A Ti, Entre Tu Y Mil Mares
Additional Footage-Spanish Tracks: Inolvidable, Amores Extranos
Featurette-Videowall
Additional Footage-You were here, Theater Box construction
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Making of music videos
Credits
Booklet
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 94:43 (Case: 145)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (61:59) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Angel
Warner Vision
Starring Laura Pausini
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None Italian dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 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 Yes, no opening or end title credits

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Plot Synopsis

    Laura Pausini's career started in 1993 when she was only 18, when she appeared in the Italian Song Festival and sang La Solitudine/La Soledad. 20 million copies of 6 albums later, she has an established fan following in Italy and Spain. She is probably better known to English speaking audiences for singing One More Time in the closing credits of the film Message In A Bottle.

     This is a recording of a concert held at the Filaforum at Assago, Milan, Italy, held as part of her 2001-2002 World Tour covering over 60 performances and attended by over 600,000 people. This particular concert, held on 2 December 2001, represents the first concert in the tour held in Italy and was broadcast on TV to an audience of over 4 million.

    I really enjoyed this concert. There is a mixture of ballads and more boppy numbers, but all are very easy to listen to. Laura even sounds a little bit like Celine Dion. The audience is a mixture of males and females, young and old. Many in the audience obviously know her songs well, for they sing along with her on quite a few songs.

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Track Listing

1. E Ritorno Da Te
2. La Mia Risposta
3. Gente
4. Il Mondo Che Vorrei
5. Ascolta ILTuo Cuore
6. Un'Emergenza D'Amore
7. Seamisai
8. Fidati Di Me
9. La Solitudine
10. Le Cose Che Vivi
11. Tra Te E IL Mare
12. Una Storia Che Vale
13. One More Time
14. Incancellabile
15. Angeli Nel Blu
16. Mi Rubi L'Anima
17. Strani Amori
18. Non C'E'
19. In Assenza Di Te
20. IL Mio Sbaglio Piu' Grande
21. E Ritorno Da Te

Transfer Quality

Video

    Don't trust the back cover which states that the "Picture Format" is "PAL 4:3, 16:9 Anamorphic." Just what exactly does that mean anyway?

    We do get a widescreen transfer (measured at approximately 1.73:1) but it is only letterboxed, and not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is pleasant enough, but seems to suffer from a persistent grainy "texture" across the frame. I'm not sure whether this artefact is present in the source or is due to compression, but it is rather annoying.

    Fortunately, detail levels seem to be acceptable (for a widescreen letterboxed transfer) and colour saturation is probably as good as can be expected from a live concert recording.

    I also noticed minor aliasing and macro-blocking artefacts. Fortunately, edge enhancement is kept to a minimum, and is generally not enough to be annoying.

    Unfortunately, there are no subtitle tracks, which is a bit unfortunate since I don't understand much Italian. This means most of the off-stage dialogue is kind of lost on me.

    This is a single sided dual layered disc (RSDL). The layer change occurs towards the end of Chapter 15 at 61:59 and is rather disruptive as it breaks the flow of the programme, however, at least it occurs in between songs.

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Audio

    There are three audio tracks: Italian dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s), Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). I am pleasantly surprised by the presence of a full bitrate dts track.

    All three tracks are quite pleasant to listen to. Given that the concert is effectively recorded in a stadium, the sonics are quite good and the soundstage quite believable.

    The 5.1 tracks contain a discrete multi-channel mix with vocals mixed in to all three front channels, and the rear channels are utilized for ambience and crowd noises.

    The subwoofer is lightly utilized throughout to supplement the low frequencies in the audio track.

    I couldn't reliably distinguish between the Dolby Digital and dts 5.1 audio tracks - I would rate both of them as excellent.

    By contrast, the Dolby Digital 2.0 track appear to be mixed at a very low level, and don't appear as dynamic or full-bodied as the other two tracks.

    I did not notice any issues with audio synchronization.

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Extras

    There are quite a lot of extra features on this disc, mainly consisting of additional music videos and "montage of scenes" featurettes (that are not specifically language dependent). This avoids the necessity of providing subtitle tracks.

Menu

    The menus are full frame. The main menu is animated and includes background audio. The other menus include background audio.

Booklet

    This is a full colour colour sheet folded in half containing production and song credits, plus photographs and art work.

Music Video - Volveré Junto A Tì (3:58)

    This is presented in 2.35:1 letterboxed (not 16x9 enhanced) and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s). There is an annoying vertical bar on the extreme left of the frame which is a result of incomplete masking by the editor to create the letterbox. I'm not sure why the audio track is flagged as surround-encoded - I suspect this is an authoring mistake.

Music Video - E Ritorno Da Te (3:59)

    This is the Italian version of the above, presented in 2.35:1 letterboxed (not 16x9 enhanced) and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). The annoying vertical bar is also present on this version, but the audio track is not flagged as surround encoded.

Music Video - Una Storia Che Vale (4:11)

    This is presented in 1.85:1 letterboxed (not 16x9 enhanced) and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).

Music Video - Dos Historias Iguales (4:10)

    This the Spanish version of the above, presented in 1.85:1 letterboxed (not 16x9 enhanced) and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s).

Additional Footage - Spanish Tracks (16:20)

    This consists of four tracks sung in the concert in Spanish. The video transfer is 1.33:1 (full frame?) and there are two audio tracks: dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s).

    The four tracks are:

Featurette - Videowall (3:08)

    This seems to be a montage of short scenes presumably captured during the World Tour. It is presented in approximately 1.73:1 letterboxed (not 16x9 enhanced) and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s).

Additional Footage - You were here (0:55)

    This is a speeded up sequence showing the audience arriving and filling up the venue, presented in full frame and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s).

Additional Footage - Theater Box construction (2:08)

    This is another speeded up sequence showing the stage being constructed, presented in full frame and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (192Kb/s).

Featurette - Behind The Scenes - Backstage

    This consists of two featurettes, presented in 1.78:1 letterboxed (not 16x9 enhanced) and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded (192Kb/s), showing a montage of behind the scenes footage of the filming of two music videos:

Credits

    This is a set of six stills listing production credits.

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 tell, this DVD is similarly featured in other regions.

Summary

    This is a recording of Italian singer Laura Pausini performing live at the Filaforum in Milan, Italy as part of her 2001-2002 World Tour.

    The video transfer is not 16x9 enhanced but acceptable.

    The audio transfers are okay.

    Extras include numerous music videos and featurettes.

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Thursday, October 02, 2003
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DVDPanasonic DVD-RP82, using Component output
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
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