Jamiroquai-Live at Montreux 2003

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Released 22-Oct-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Bonus Track-Space Cowboy
Booklet-2 page booklet
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production ?
Running Time 149:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Audio Format Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Russell Thomas
Studio
Distributor
Montreux Sounds
Rajon Vision
Starring Jay Kay
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music Jay Kay


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
Spanish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Jamiroquai Live at Montreux 2003 is a great concert DVD from a great musician.

    The DVD marks Jamiroquai's third appearance at the famous Jazz festival. Jay Kay is an amazing front man and is always in his element on stage. Being at a jazz festival, most of their tracks are jazzed up a little with longer than usual instrumental sections at the beginning and middle of most songs. The extended jam sessions are great. The band plays most of their well known hits and includes a surprise called Shoot the Moon. The band are brilliant and Kay doesn't miss a beat. They are great live performers.

    Whilst strongly recommending the DVD, there are a few issues. Firstly, it simply doesn't have the energy or excitement of the Live in Verona concert DVD so that may disappoint some fans. Also, the editing of the concert seems a little disjointed in places. It's hard to explain, but it just felt a little jumpy in places with a lot of different shots being used unnecessarily.

    I've seen this on sale at well known retailers for $12. For that price it is an absolute bargain and would make a great addition to your concert/live music DVD collection.

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Track Listing

1. Use The Force
2. Canned Heat
3. Cosmic Girl
4. Little L
5. Blow Your Mind
6. High Times
7. Travelling Without Moving
8. Butterfly
9. Shoot the Moon
10. Soul Education
11. Just Another Story
12. Mr Moon
13. Alright
14. Love Foolosophy
15. Deeper Underground

Transfer Quality

Video

    The concert is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced. The bitrate is very high throughout the presentation..

    The video quality is excellent and was filmed in high definition.

    The picture was very clear and sharp.

    The colour was excellent showing all the colourful lights with great vividness.

    On occasions there were some MPEG artefacts and were generally where there was strobe lights or heavy movement. Thankfully these instances were not too frequent.

    There are no subtitles.

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Audio

    This DVD contains three audio options; a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and a dts 5.1 track encoded at 768 Kb/s.

    I preferred the dts track due to its greater depth and enhanced bass, but the Dolby Digital 5.1 track was also very good. Ignore the 2.0 track, it's very weak compared to the other two.

    The surround speakers added atmosphere and some crowd noise.

    The subwoofer added significant bass, especially on the dts track.

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Extras

Booklet

Bonus Track

    There is a bonus track; Space Cowboy from their 1995 performance at Montreux. To give you an idea of how far video quality and production has come in the period between 1995-2003, check out that clip.

R4 vs R1

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

    They appear the same so it's a tie.

Summary

    Overall, a great band with great songs at a great price.

    The video is good.

    Audio is excellent.

    Special features are light, but that's ok.

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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