Howard Hewett-The Journey Live (2002)

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Released 21-Jul-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Interviews-Cast-Howard Hewett
Featurette-Producers
Music Video-"Circle Of Life"
Audio-Only Track-"Without You" and "The Journey"
Gallery-Photo-Behind The Scenes, Early Days
Biographies-Cast
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 55:50 (Case: 60)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Ron Yager
Studio
Distributor

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


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Howard Hewett used to be the lead singer of Shalamar, but then successfully launched a solo R&B career singing songs with a strong Gospel bias.

    The Journey is an all Gospel album first released in 2001. The Journey Live ... From The Heart seems to be a follow-on album (released on both CD and DVD) containing a mixture of live performances and "live to track" versions of songs originally featured on The Journey, plus some new songs.

    In addition, we get various interview snippets with Howard Hewett and executive producer Raina Bundy.

    The live performances are all recorded at the Storyville club, New Orleans. The songs that are recorded "live to track" (i.e. Howard singing live against a pre-recorded backing track) are a new song called Straight To The Heart and Grace & Mercy. In addition, Circle of Life appears to be a music video.

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Track Listing

1. Mercy
2. Potter's House
3. Angel
4. Joy
5. Pieces
6. Straight From The Heart
7. Circle Of Life
8. Grace & Mercy
9. Somebody's Watchin'
10. Say Amen
11. Your Love

Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a full frame PAL transfer, presumably based on an interlaced video source.

    The overall transfer is not too bad, featuring rich, fully saturated colours, and fairly good contrast/black levels.

    The overall look is slightly on the soft side, but otherwise I did not find any faults in the transfer.

    There are no subtitle tracks on this single sided single layered disc.

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Audio

    There are several audio tracks on this disc: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s), and English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).

    The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is recorded with dialogue normalization set to +4dB, so it sounds louder than the other two tracks. However, even when I equalised the volume levels, the track seems to have more pronounced bass than the dts 5.1 track.

    The dts 5.1 track sounds slightly less edgier than the Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but otherwise there was little difference between the tracks. I am not sure which one I prefer, perhaps the dts 5.1 track because it sounds more "relaxed."

    The surround channels seem to be mostly used for ambience. Vocals are mixed to all front channels. The subwoofer is lightly used to support the low frequencies in the music.

    I did not notice any issues with audio synchronization and the dialogue comes through reasonably clearly.

    The Dolby Digital 2.0 track is recorded at a very low level and sounds tinny and insubstantial compared to the other two tracks.

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Extras

    There are a number of extras, all presented in full frame.

Menu

    The menus are static and full frame.

Interviews-Cast- Howard Hewett (16:43)

    This is an interview of Howard Hewett by Cathleen Triggs, presented in full frame and Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s) in a mixture of black and white and colour. There are some archival photos, and the interview includes a discussion of his career, his reasons for recording a gospel/inspirational album, the events of 11 September 2003, and the contents of the DVD. It also includes an excerpt from him performing Say Amen a capella and on stage.

Featurette- Producers (3:27)

    This features Howard Hewett talking about one of the producers of the DVD on the left side of the frame, plus black and white behind the scenes footage of the studio sessions on the right side of the frame. The featurette is presented in approximately 2.10:1 letterboxed and Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).

Music Video- "Circle Of Life" (4:52)

    This is presented in full frame and Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). This seems identical to Chapter 7 of the main feature, so I'm not sure why it is duplicated here.

Audio-Only Track- "Without You" and "The Journey" (9:27)

    This contains audio only versions of two songs from the Journey album not covered in the main feature, presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). I would have preferred Linear PCM 2.0 being used here.

Gallery-Photo- Behind The Scenes

    This is a collection of 20 photos of Howard plus various production/crew members for the DVD.

Gallery-Photo- Early Days

    This is a set of four stills showing various photos of Howard Hewett.

Biographies-Cast

    This is a set of six stills providing a short biography of Howard Hewett plus some background on the songs in the Journey album.

R4 vs R1

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

    I suspect the R1 and R4 versions are identical, although I could not find any reference to a dts 5.1 audio track in the R1 release on any web site. If the dts 5.1 track is not present on R1, then the clear winner is R4, otherwise it's a tie.

Summary

    The Journey Live ... from the Heart features Howard Hewett singing songs from his Journey album live in front of an audience and also in the studio.

    The video transfer quality is acceptable.

    The audio transfer quality is good.

    There are a number of extras included.

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Monday, October 27, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDCustom HTPC (Asus A7N266-VM, Athlon XP 2400+, 512MB, LiteOn LTD-165S, WinXP, WinDVD5 Platinum), using RGB output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum/AVIA. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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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