Cliff Richard-Live: Castles in the Air (2004)

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Released 1-Dec-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Documentary
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 131:16
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Cliff Richard
Cilla Black
Case ?
RPI $34.95 Music None Given


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

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Plot Synopsis

    This release from Sir Cliff Richard was recorded live at Leeds Castle in England, with a nice informal look at Leeds Castle before the concert. Cliff is perfectly at home up in front of his audience in this wonderful concert. It is beautifully choreographed and the Jive dance group on stage do an amazing job of keeping the audience wanting to see more. The music is as spectacular as always - Cliff Richard is the perennial performer. I swear he doesn't seem to be ageing at the same rate as the rest of us.

     This concert was an absolute treat to watch. Set with the backdrop of Leeds Castle it just looked magical as the late afternoon turned into evening. The audience was obviously enthralled by the whole spectacle and I am sure they will remember it for a long, long time.

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Track Listing

1. Heartbreak Hotel
2. Move It
3. No Particular Place To Go
4. Gee Whizz It's You
5. Always
6. The Young Ones
7. Summer Holiday
8. Batchelor Boy
9. Without You
10. Baby I Could Be So Good At Loving U
11. Please Don't Tease
12. On The Beach
13. Medley
14. We Say Yeah
15. Good Golly Miss Molly
16. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
17. Miss You Nights
18. We Don't Talk Anymore
19. Dreamin'
20. It Takes Two - Duet w/ Cilla Black
21. From A Distance
22. Faithful One
23. I Don't Wanna Lose You
24. The Day That I Stop Loving You
25. I Cannot Give You My Love
26. Sometimes Love
27. What Car
28. Willie And The Hand Jive
29. Thousand Miles To Go
30. Wired For Sound

Transfer Quality

Video

    This transfer is OK for displays up to 42" in size but tends to show too many faults at larger screen sizes.

    The transfer is mastered at an aspect ratio of 1.75:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    There are some flaws in the transfer in the supporting material, such as the lead-in look at Leeds Castle. As for the concert video itself, it suffers from MPEG compression artefacts and there is definite aliasing noticeable on the scaffolding around the stage. There is a lack of shadow detail and near the end of the show when Cliff is escorted back to his dressing room there is a lot of grain present.

    There is a lot of colour bleeding to be seen throughout the concert, exacerbated by the coloured spotlighting used.

    There were no film or other video artefacts present.

    The layer change occurs at 53:22 and is cleverly concealed in a fade to black screen during the intermission. The only thing I noticed was a slight disturbance in the audio at the layer change to indicate that it had occurred.

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Audio

    This is a very nice audio transfer, offering an immersive sound field that correctly apportions the concert and audience sounds so that you are made to feel as though you are actually sitting in the audience.

    There are three audio tracks available on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), and English DTS 5.1 (768Kb/s). I listened to all three tracks with my favourite being the DTS soundtrack. The DTS track was the most immersive of the three offerings.

    I did not notice any dialogue or audio sync slips. There were no crackles, pops or hissing in the audio.

    The music on offer in this concert is very much like a Cliff Richard anthology. We are lead on a musical journey spanning Cliff Richard's career from the early days when he was influenced by American Rock and Roll sounds through to his latest releases.

    The surround channels were used extensively but were mostly restricted to audience sounds, hence they imparted a feeling that you were actually part of the audience.

    There was nice use of the subwoofer without it becoming boomy and overpowering.

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Extras

Menu Animation & Audio

    The main menu is animated behind a still shot of Cliff Richard and Leeds Castle and is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. A short segment of the song Good Golly Miss Molly plays as underscore, synced with the background video. The main menu offers the following selections:

R4 vs R1

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

    I have not seen the R1 version of this DVD but doing a search on the 'net does not show any differences between R4 and R1 so I will favour R4 for the PAL transfer which I believe will handle the colours better under the stage spot lighting, but I will add that this is only a personal preference without actually having viewed the R1 version.

Summary

    This is a wonderful Cliff Richard concert, well worth watching, and if you are a fan of Sir Cliff then you will undoubtedly be happy with this purchase.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Paul Svensen (So you have nothing else to do but to read my bio)
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDMomitsu V880DX upscaling player, Samsung DVD-HD747 player, Pioneer DV-535 player, Toshiba D-R1-S-TG , using DVI output
DisplayPanasonic PT-AE700 WXGA LCD Projector, 102" 16:9 Grandview motorised screen, Panasonic TH-42PV500A HD Plasma Display, Toshiba 83 cm 4:3 CRT. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.
Audio DecoderDenon AVR-2802. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete plus Sansui two channel amplifier driving Back Surrounds
Speakers Fronts, Centre, and Back Surrounds - Accusound Ref 8 speakers with 150W RMS accusound sub woofer, Surrounds - Sony

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