Angie Stone-Live in Vancouver Island (Music in High Places) (2002)

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Released 19-May-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Featurette-Behind The Scenes-9
Music Highlights-Just The Music - 8 songs
Biographies-Cast-Angie Stone
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 53:43
RSDL / Flipper RSDL Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ryan Polito
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Angie Stone
Kenny Seymour
Larry Peoples Sr
Larry Peoples Jr
Christopher Morgan
Kemba Francis
Tehnita Dreher
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Angie Stone


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.75:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles French
German
Spanish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The idea behind Music In High Places is to take a musician/recording artist to an exotic/remote location, get them to talk to the locals, ogle at various sights, perform some of their best known songs "on location" and package it all up as a travelogue or travel documentary cum music videos/live performances.

    This "episode" features soul/gospel singer/songwriter Angie Stone together with her band visiting Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Her first album, Black Diamond, went platinum and her second album, Mahogany Soul, was also well received.

    For this programme, Angie is accompanied by a band of musicians including:

    The programme takes us to various spots on Vancouver Island, including the magnificent Capilano Suspension Bridge, Cathedral Grove, Herbert Inlet, and Big Beach, Ucluelet. In addition, we encounter various native tribes, including the Capilano Tribe and the Ucluelet Tribe. It was interesting that the various tribes have distinctly (at least to me) Asiatic/Oriental features - perhaps the theory that parts of North America were "discovered" by ancient Chinese seafarers and settled by them may be true after all.

    The programme is struggling to fill an hour of running time, and after about 40 minutes reverts to behind the scenes footage that really should belong in a separate featurette.

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Track Listing

1. Easier Said Than Done
2. Wish I Didn't Miss You
3. P***** Off
4. Brotha
5. Bottles & Cans
6. Love & Happiness
7. Sailing

Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a recent Music In High Places DVD featuring a 16x9 enhanced widescreen transfer in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.73:1. (Early discs in the series that I reviewed were not 16x9 enhanced). We also have a new director (Ryan Polito) rather than Alan Carter.

    Like most of the other titles in the series, the transfer is somewhat on the soft side, with occasional over-exposed cinematography.

    My main issue with this transfer is the slightly jerky pans. I suspect the original video source is in NTSC, and the resultant conversion from 59.94 Hz to PAL's 50 Hz has resulted in the jerky motion.

    Other than that, I did not really notice any other artefacts, probably because the length of the feature is so short and it's on a dual layered disc.

    There are four subtitle tracks on the disc, but one of them is a silent one. The remaining three are French, German, and Spanish. I turned them on briefly just to check that they do exist.

    This is a single sided dual layered disc (RSDL). The main feature is entirely contained on Layer 0 and the extras on Layer 1 so there is no layer change.

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Audio

    There are three audio tracks on this disc: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), and English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s). I must admit that I was surprised to discover the presence of a dts track, and this is certainly the first time I have encountered a dts audio track on a Music In High Places title.

    None of the three tracks are what I would consider reference quality. They all sound slightly muffled.

    Both the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 tracks are comparable in quality. The dts track sounds slightly duller than the first two, but makes up for it by sounding slightly more spacious with greater ambience recovery.

    The centre and rear channels on the multi-channel tracks are used to convey subtle ambience and environmental background noises. The LFE track is mainly used to reinforce the low frequencies in the track.

    I did not notice any issues with dialogue intelligibility or audio synchronization.

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Extras

Menu

    The menus are full frame and static.

Featurette-Behind The Scenes-9

    This is a set of short featurettes that appear to be off-cuts from the main feature:

    All featurettes are presented in 1.73:1 letterboxed (no 16x9 enhancement) and Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). There are actually three audio tracks, but they all appear to be identical (English). In addition, there are French, German and Spanish subtitle tracks.

Music Videos - Just The Music

    These are separate music videos of the following songs:

    The music videos are presented in 1.73:1 letterboxed (not 16x9 enhanced) and with three audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), and dts 5.1 (768Kb/s). The Dolby Digital 2.0 track seems to be slightly better sounding than the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. Unfortunately, the dts track is not well mastered, for it is not synced to the video and is mastered at a very low level.

Biographies - Cast - Angie Stone

    This is a set of six stills containing a brief biography of Angie Stone.

R4 vs R1

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

    The disc appears to be identical across Region 1 and 4, with the possible exception of subtitle tracks.

Summary

    Angie Stone - Live in Vancouver Island is part of the Music in High Places travel/music series and features soul singer Angie Stone with her band singing in and exploring various locations on Vancouver Island.

    The video quality is mediocre but 16x9 enhanced.

    The audio tracks are below average.

    Extras include a number of featurettes and music videos.

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Friday, October 03, 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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