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Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics: Lennon & McCartney Songbook ... (2001)

Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics: Lennon & McCartney Songbook ... (2001)

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Released 7-Jul-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 42:25
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Rajon Vision Starring John Lennon
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr
George Harrison
Ed Sullivan
Peter Asher
Bobby Rydell
Billy J. Kramer
Petula Clark
Smokey Robinson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jackie Wilson
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $19.95 Music John Lennon
Paul McCartney
Marvin Gaye

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.29:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This disc consists of two retrospective television shows that were produced in 2001. These are effectively a compilation of musical highlights from the Ed Sullivan Show, accompanied by recently conducted interviews with some of the stars. The first episode offers some interesting reinterpretations of a few Lennon-McCartney tunes, while the second focuses on a dance rhythm. These are playable individually or as a whole.

    Episode 1 opens with a brief biography of Lennon and McCartney, followed by The Beatles' performance of Ticket To Ride from 1965. Eric Burdon is interviewed briefly, followed by an explanation of the relationship between Peter Asher and Paul McCartney. The remainder of the performances are good, however I found Petula Clark's rendition of Fool On The Hill lacklustre to say the least.

    The second episode has some great performances, beginning with The Beatles' doing Twist And Shout in 1964, as found in their First US Visit film by the Maysles Bros. Former boxer Jackie Wilson has a voice that was ahead of its time, and he really stands out in this compilation. Freddie And The Dreamers are hilarious with their tune Do The Freddie, armed with a stage presence that reminds me of Devo in a strange way. Sly And The Family Stone close the disc with one of their signature funky grooves.

    This is an altogether broad range of musical styles that is likely to please viewers who crave a bit of nostalgia. If you're familiar with these artists, or are a fan of this era of pop music, it could well be worth a look.

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Track Listing

1. The Beatles-Ticket To Ride
2. Peter & Gordon- I Dont Want To See
3. Bobby Rydell-World Without Love
4. Billy J. Kramer-Bad To Me
5. Petula Clark-Fool on The Hill
6. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
7. The Beatles-Twist and Shout
8. Jerry Lee Lewis-Whole Lot of Shakin
9. Martha & The Vandals-Dancin' in the
10. Jackie Wilson-That's Why
11. Jay & The Techniques-Keep the Ball
12. Freddie & The Dreamers-Do The Fred
13. Sly & The Family Stone

Transfer Quality


    This video transfer is derived from an NTSC analogue video source. The performances captured here range throughout the mid-to-late 1960s, so the quality varies and some clips are actually presented in colour.

    Obviously since the content is from a television broadcast, the transfer is presented in an aspect of 1.29:1 full frame.

    The level of detail is acceptable given the age of the material and the image is generally quite clear and free from any major problems. The colour palette is vivid at times, but doesn't appear to suffer from any unsightly bleeding or oversaturation.

    I didn't notice any MPEG compression problems, however there are a few analogue tape errors that pop up now and then. A rather distracting instance of moiré can be seen at 27:25, as well as quite a few examples of shadowy vignetting around the corners of the screen.

    There are no subtitles provided.

    This disc is single layered (DVD5 format).

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There are two soundtracks available. The default soundtrack is Dolby Digital 2.0, while a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack may be selected from the main menu. I listened to the default audio and sampled the Dolby Digital 5.1 option periodically.

    The audio quality varies even more than the video, but is certainly serviceable. Vocals are distinct and generally easy to discern. Audio sync is not entirely exact, but this is not likely to bother most viewers.

    The Dolby Digital 5.1 option spreads music around the listener and is fairly enveloping, however to me the 5.1 soundtrack is much less sharp in comparison to the default stereo audio. I would settle with the default option.

    I noted a few minor dropouts and some brief distortion at times, but these are the result of technological limitations at the time, not the transfer to DVD.

    The subwoofer is not utilised to any great degree.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



R4 vs R1

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

    This title is available in Region 1 as part of a box set which may represent better value. It would be wise to do some research and shop around a bit if you want to make a purchase.


    Rock And Roll Classics is an interesting and nostalgic series that is certain to please those who lived the phenomenon. The disc is nicely presented.

    The video and audio transfers are only limited by the source material.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910, using DVI output
DisplaySanyo PLV-Z2 WXGA projector, Screen Technics Cinemasnap 96" (16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.

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