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Gloria Estefan-Evolution Tour, The-Live in Miami (1996)

Gloria Estefan-Evolution Tour, The-Live in Miami (1996)

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Released 13-Nov-1998

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1996
Running Time 116:21
RSDL / Flipper FLIPPER (59:57) Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By David Mallet
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Gloria Estefan
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $24.95 Music Gloria Estefan


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 English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, throughout

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Plot Synopsis

This was the last concert in Gloria Estefans American Evolution tour and she sang her heart out. There is a great interaction between her and the crowd, which made the concert feel warm and friendly. Glorias costumes were simple but elegant. The stage settings were also simple, with two big video screens on either side of the stage.

I enjoyed watching this disc as it made me realise just how talented Gloria Estefan really is. At various stages throughout the concert people came up to the stage and offered her small gifts, which she always accepted graciously. What particularly struck me about this was how she could keep singing whilst accepting these gifts. With about 20 minutes to go, Gloria picks up the pace and the concert really comes to life.

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Track Listing

1. Programme Start
2. Intro-Instrumental
3. Conga
4. Live For Loving You
5. Get On Your Feet
6. Anything For You
7. Don't Wanna Lose You
8. Destiny
9. Here We Are
10. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
11. Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)
12. Steal Your Heart
13. Along Came You (A Song For Emily)
14. Mi Tierra
15. Con Los Anos Que Me Quedan
16. Everlasting Love
17. Cuts Both Ways
18. I See Your Smile
19. Words Get In The Way
20. Can't Stay Away From You
21. Always Tomorrow
22. Coming Out Of The Dark
23. Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors)
24. You'll Be Mine
25. Turn The Beat Around
26. Mega Mix
27. Higher
28. Tres Deseos (Three Wishes)
29. Reach

Transfer Quality

Video

The video transfer of this disc is very good indeed, with only one problem that tarnishes an otherwise superb transfer, but more on that later. Before we go any further, I would just like to say well done to Sony Music Video Enterprises, as they have done an exceptional job with the video quality of this DVD, considering the lighting conditions. We must remember that, unlike movies where the lighting is stringently controlled to maximise picture quality, concert lighting is there for effect, with lots of bright lights flashing on and off, and so forth. Now, on with the review

The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, which I imagine was the aspect ratio of the original footage.

The transfer is extremely clear and sharp at all times.

There is no low-level noise present and the shadow detail never wavers from perfect. It is worth mentioning here that a lot of the background blacks are lighter than what we are used to seeing in movies. I feel this is not so much a fault of the picture balance but an effect of the stage lighting, and it does not detract from the picture quality at all.

The colours are always rich and vibrant, and never appear washed out. As expected there are halos present around some people and objects when the spotlight(s) are focussed on them, but as every concert-goer knows, this effect occurs in real life. Thus, I did not deduct any marks from the video quality on this point, as it actually adds a certain realism to the picture. This halo effect is most noticeable when Gloria Estefan is wearing a white dress.

There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Aliasing is rare and very mild when it does occur. The subject material and the sharpness inherent in this transfer would lend itself to aliasing being a problem, but this artefact is well-controlled.

Something that was more of a problem with this transfer, in fact, is the only problem that I consider worth complaining about is some strange flaring that occurs mostly on the top of the on-stage background frame structure. It does get rather annoying at times. You can clearly see misaligned bits that create a checkerboard pattern, which in turn makes up the effect. I checked some of the worst scenes on my trusty 68cm TV using a composite input, and the problem is definitely still there but it becomes so small it almost vanishes - it was only really noticeable because I knew when and where to look for it. As a final check, I viewed these same scenes again on my projector, but this time using the Component and Composite inputs instead of the S-Video input. Unfortunately the problem is just as noticeable on all three types of input when using the projector. So, how noticeable this problem is on your setup will basically depend on what size screen you have.

No film artefacts were seen, which is to be expected since this was never shot on film.

This disc is a Flipper, with the break coming at 59:57. For some strange reason it did not bother me to get up and flip the disc over, but really it should be on an RSDL disc.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

The audio is very good, but to me, the sound seemed a little centre-heavy.

There are two audio tracks on this DVD; an English Dolby Digital 5.1, 448Kb/second soundtrack and a Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536Kb/s soundtrack. I listened to the Dolby Digital soundtrack, with a quick comparative listen to the Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 soundtrack.

Audio sync was not a problem at all with this transfer, and was completely spot on.

The sound was always clear and clean, but I was a little disappointed with the Dolby Digital mix, as Gloria Estefans voice only appeared to be coming from the centre speaker, which for me made the sound seem centre-heavy. To confirm this, I stuck my ear up to the left front speaker, to my surprise her voice is definitely there too, but it is much softer and is more of an echo than anything else. I guess this is to give the effect of a stadium soundstage in your living room, which by the way does indeed happen! The band is split up across the three front speakers with the rear surround speakers predominantly filled with crowd noise, plus an echo of the band and Glorias voice. Limiting Gloria Estefans voice primarily to the centre channel allowed her voice to remain clear and unchallenged at all times. I also tried the Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536Kb/s soundtrack briefly in an effort to expand the sound field a bit, but it just sounded dead when compared to the Dolby Digital soundtrack.

The subwoofer was used quite a bit, which added a beautiful depth to the music. I listened for a while without the sub, as an experiment, and came to the conclusion that the music definitely sounded much better with it on.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

None.

Menu

The menu consists of a non-16x9 enhanced black & white still picture of Gloria Estefan set on a gold and white background, with the following selections; Chapter Selections, Audio Tracks, Lyrics and Resume.

R4 vs R1

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

It appears that the NTSC Region 1 only version of this DVD has only a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtrack. If this is correct, then there is no question in my mind that our version will be far superior all around. Not only will you get a better sound mix, but you will also get better picture quality due to PAL's innate superiority over the NTSC format (more horizontal lines per frame).

Summary

This is a great disc for any fan of Gloria Estefan who likes live music.

The video transfer of this disc is very good indeed, with only one problem that tarnishes an otherwise superb transfer.

The audio is very good, but to me, the sound seemed a little centre-heavy.

There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Audio
Extras
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Overall

© Paul Williams (read Paul's biography)
Thursday, April 06, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-725, using Component output
DisplaySony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-SV919THX
SpeakersFronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)

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