Jennifer Lopez-In Concert: Let's Get Loud (2002)

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Released 17-Mar-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Welcome to Puerto Rico
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 92:17 (Case: 100)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (56:31) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Hamish Hamilton
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Lopez Jennifer
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $24.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/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

    Jennifer Lopez was born on 24th of July, 1970 in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. By the age of 5 she was already taking dancing and singing lessons which continued for many years until they were briefly interrupted when she was 18. It was at this time that she left home as her mum was concerned about her desire to turn to show business rather than "a proper career". Well, she certainly went on to prove mum wrong with her string of musical and movie hits that continue to this day.

    In this particular concert we see J.Lo as she is now referred to strut her stuff live on stage. With all the vigour of a teenager she continues almost non-stop until the end credits. The songs on this disc are a better collection than some of the more average titles that have preceded this release.

    This was recorded across two nights in Puerto Rico during September 2001. A total of 44 minutes of footage later premiered on NBC in November 2002. This DVD is the full 80 minutes that was originally recorded during the concert. Due to the concert's origin it contains a mixture of Spanish and English vocals.

    With over 15 million album sales worldwide, not to mention her movie career, the popularity of Jennifer is undisputed and this is one title that her fans will be sure to enjoy. For everyone else, including myself, you will be glad that you didn't fork out the money to see this concert live, although as her first efforts it is certainly better than a lot of other artist's initial attempts.

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Track Listing

1. Let's Get Loud
2. Ain't It Funny
3. Carino
4. Play
5. Feelin' So Good
6. I'm Real
7. Dancer Introductions
8. Secretly (melody)
9. I Could Fall In Love
10. Si Ya Se Acabo
11. Band Introductions
12. Winting For Tonight (medley)
13. If You Had My Love
14. Love Don't Cost A Thing
15. Plenarriquena

Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    The transfer is clear but does tend to have a softer tone towards the edges of objects. Shadow detail is relatively well controlled and there is enough stage lighting to make out J.Lo and stage objects clearly. There is no low level noise.

    The colours were bright with colourful stage lighting. Her dresses are quite colourful, especially the red stage dress which almost jumps out at you during the opening song. At 64:50 the strong blues caused by the stage lights reflecting off the glassy stage are enhanced by the shimmering effects on the large display screen at the back of the stage, but if it's real colour you want then jump straight to the featurette.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen. At 50:58 there are some focus problems when the camera taking the shot keeps focusing on the audience clapping their hands rather than on J.Lo on stage. There are also a few other sections around 45:09 where focusing is again a problem but this time there are no objects in the way. Aliasing was not noticed. Film artefacts are non-existent, suggesting this show was captured on video rather than film.

    This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change placed in between Chapters 11 and 12 at 56:31. Because this is when the crowd is cheering there will be a dropout on some systems. The Denon player I review on did not have a dropout but a Toshiba Tecra 9100 laptop that I checked it against did have a dropout at this spot.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English PCM 2.0 soundtrack. There is also an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and this was the one that I listened to in its entirety. The PCM track was spot checked on each song.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times which is always great for music DVDs. Audio sync was not a problem at all with this transfer, and was completely spot on.

    The peaks and troughs of the music along with the manner in which it has been mixed across the 5.1 channels gives a truly concert experience from your own home. The volume levels did not drown out the dialogue at any point during the movie.

    The surround channels were used well to give depth and direction to each instrument. The crowd comes across well and you can hear the cheers, applause and laughter from all directions during the breaks between songs.

    The subwoofer was active at all times and provided a nice bottom end to the songs. There were no real instances where this particular speaker was used to excess.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu design contains an animation that loops every 31 seconds overlaid with the graphical menu options. There is no sound.

Featurette - Welcome to Puerto Rico (9:55)

   This is a colourful look at the local town where the concert took place. The scenery is absolutely stunning and looks more like a sales brochure than an inclusion on a concert DVD. The whole thing is set to J.Lo's music. I would write more about it but I have to go and pack my travel bags. . .

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

   The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     This is one title that is almost impossible to find any Region 1 data on, and the information that I did find conflicted greatly between sites. Most make no mention of the featurette and only one mentions a 20 minute behind-the-scenes documentary. The sum of the information leads me to believe this is an identical DVD across regions.

Summary

    Whilst this concert was not too bad, I was expecting so much more. Maybe it was as simple as expecting some of the newer songs. But for 2001 material and her first concert, she certainly went out there and danced away.

    The video has been converted to PAL which is a pleasing change from the numerous Region 1 music DVDs being released here in NTSC. The only real issues with the video were the out-of-focus areas and this is not something that is due to a transfer issue anyway.

    The audio was of a good quality and comparable to her other recordings as far as quality is concerned.

    The extra is a neat inclusion and a good travel guide but it seems out of place on a music DVD.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Peter Mellor (read my bio)
Sunday, November 09, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-1600, using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Aconda 9381ZW. 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 AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersWhatmough Classic Series C31 (Mains); C06 (Centre); M10 (Rears); Magnat Vector Needle Sub25A Active SubWoofer

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