Moby-Live: Hotel Tour 2005 (2006)
Menu Animation & Audio
Bonus Track-Three bonus live tracks
Music Video-Five promotional music videos
Gallery-Video and still picture tour montage
Short Film-Mr Fish
CD-Bonus CD of thirteen remixed Moby songs
|Year Of Production||2006|
|Running Time||112:31 (Case: 150)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||George Scott|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Unknown||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Born Richard Melville Hall in 1965, Moby (named after the famous author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville, who was reputedly a distant relative) found an early interest in music which included training in classical piano, guitar and drums. In his mid teens Moby began dabbling with punk bands and had limited record releases until signing with the newly formed Instinct Records in 1989. In a departure from his punk roots Moby began a foray into electronic dance music and had his first significant hit with Go, a progressive house track that sampled the Laura Palmer's Theme from the TV show Twin Peaks. Moby changed record companies in 1993 and had another hit with the EP Move, an electronic dance number which reached number one on the American Dance Club charts. He also forged a reputation as a talented re-mixer of songs for artists such as Michael Jackson in addition to releasing further albums and touring with some success.
Major success came to Moby after the release of the album Play in 1999, which went on to sell over ten million copies worldwide. The follow up album 18 also gained gold and platinum sales. In the subsequent years Moby collaborated with many artists in re-mixing and co-writing songs, as well as writing his own songs and touring. In 2005 Moby released the Hotel album which featured vocals from Laura Dawn and himself performed live in the studio. This album contained two hits in Lift Me Up and Slipping Away but did not have the success and critical recognition of earlier albums.
Moby: Hotel Tour 2005 was filmed in Leuven, Belgium during the promotional tour of his studio album. Moby and album collaborator Laura Dawn are the principal vocalists with the band providing backing vocals. This concert showcases twenty four of Moby's best known and newer songs and includes rock, dance and house genres with a couple of covers thrown in for good measure. Overall the performances are excellent with his band really outstanding on the up-tempo numbers. Moby is known primarily for techno and dance releases so it's no surprise that these songs work best in the concert environment with the slower numbers letting the atmosphere drop somewhat in my opinion. Moby doesn't have a huge amount of charisma on stage and really needs a driving beat to pump up the excitement. Fortunately there are plenty of dance anthems to keep the audience jumping and clapping. Judging by the sweaty heaving of the crowd and some references by Moby in his between song banter it must have been a particularly hot night in Belgium and the dripping bodies really make it look like a proper rave party. Moby is at his best when taking control of the guitar or sharing the keyboards with the very accomplished (and easy on the eye) Luci Butler. In between songs he should really just keep quiet as the little sermons and inevitable "thank you, thank you, thank you" become tiresome. The closing number Feeling So Real is a highlight of his back catalogue and a great way to close off an exhilarating concert.
|1. Opening Sequence (My Weakness)|
2. Find My Baby
3. Raining Again
4. Natural Blues
6. Where You End
7. In My Heart
9. That's When I Reach For My Revolver
|13. Next Is The E|
15. Dream About Me
16. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
17. We Are All Made Of Stars
18. Slipping Away
21. Lift Me Up
22. Walk On The Wild Side
23. Für Elise
24. Feeling So Real
This 1.78:1 and 16x9 enhanced transfer has a bitrate that hovers around 9.0 M/bs. There are no noticeable flaws or artefacts, however as is common with concert videos there is some low level noise giving a grainy appearance in dark scenes, and also grain arising from digital noise in bright sequences. Colours overall are excellent with the frequent strobing effects handled well. There was no cross colouration or bleeding and there was no mpeg macro blocking artefacts. Overall an excellent video transfer is evidenced here.
This is a dual layer disc but I saw no sign of the layer change using my equipment.
The audio was presented with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448 K/bs or LPCM 2.0 at 1536 K/bs. After initially starting with the 5.1 track I switched to LPCM stereo and was immediately impressed with the greater depth and clarity it provided. It was also quite a bit louder than the Dolby Digital offering. The surround channel use was fairly limited in the 5.1 version and so switching to stereo did not provide any significant disadvantage to the listening experience. With my decoder set to direct stereo and subwoofer activated the 2.0 track really blew me away. This mix is far and away the best stereo music concert DVD I have heard and is therefore recommended in preference to the Dolby Digital 5.1 option.
There are unfortunately some problems with the LPCM track during Feeling So Real which oddly enough doesn't seem to be evident in the Dolby Digital version. Firstly there is a small glitch at around 107:58 and then noticeable synchronisation problems from around 108:59 onwards until the song ends.
If not for the LPCM problems in the last track this disc would have received a five star score for audio. As it's only a minor aberration however I won't penalise it too much.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is quite artistically designed but is unnecessarily difficult to navigate using a remote. Using a computer mouse makes the process much more intuitive.
These are all 1.78:1 aspect with Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448K/bs or LPCM 2.0 at 1536K/bs.
Extreme Ways (3.54)
In This World (4.08)
Break On Through (3.25)
Lift Me Up (3.07) - Letterboxed 1.33:1 aspect with LPCM 2.0 at 1536K/bs.
Beautiful - Original Version (3.18) - 1.33:1 aspect with LPCM 2.0 at 1536K/bs.
Raining Again (3.48) - Letterboxed 1.33:1 aspect with LPCM 2.0 at 1536K/bs.
Spiders (3.44) - 1.33:1 aspect with LPCM 2.0 at 1536K/bs.
Dream About Me (3.24) - Letterboxed 1.33:1 aspect with LPCM 2.0 at 1536K/bs.
1.33:1 aspect with LPCM 2.0 at 1536K/bs. Somewhat interesting montage of images and home video from the Moby Hotel tour with Dream About Me as the backing audio track.
1.33:1 aspect with Dolby Digital 2.0 at 192K/bs. I've no idea what this is doing as an extra in this package but I suspect it's just self indulgent rubbish. Don't waste 160 seconds sitting through it as there's no redeeming surprise at the end.
1. Lift Me Up - Superdiscount Mix - Radio Edit (3:08) 2. Raining Again - Steve Angello's Vocal Mix (6:55) 3. Beautiful - Benny Benassi Remix (7:03) 4. Slipping Away - Axwell Vocal Mix (7:31) 5. Where You End - Tiga's All I Need Is To Be Sampled Mix (7:05) 6. Beautiful - F*** Me I'm Famous Remix by David Guetta & Joachim Garraud (6:43) 7. Slipping Away - MHC Radio Edit (3:38) 8. Dream About Me - Sebastian Ingrosso Remix (6.36) 9. Lift Me Up - Mylo Mix (6:45) 10. Raining Again - Ewan Pearson Vocal (7:07) 11. Dream About Me - Booka Shade Remix (7:14) 12. Slipping Away - Zloot Remix (4:26) 13. Dream About Me - The Shortwave Set Pick 'n' Mix (4:35).
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Content appears identical on all regional releases but I can't be certain that the LPCM glitch described is duplicated in the NTSC version. If the price is right you might be better off importing a Region 1 version on the chance it is glitch free.
Moby is not a favourite performer of mine but I must say that this was a very enjoyable concert. His up-tempo songs really work well and the band and co-vocalist is very good. Moby shows his musical ability on keyboards, guitar and percussion and there's no doubting his talents.
The video quality is excellent. The audio quality is very good and would have been excellent if not for the LPCM track glitch.
Extras are good.
|DVD||Denon DVD-3910 and Panasonic BD-35, using HDMI output|
|Display||Panasonic TH-58PZ850A. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Amplification||Denon AVR-3808 pre-out to Elektra Theatron 7 channel amp|
|Speakers||B&W LCR600 centre and 603s3 mains, Niles in ceiling surrounds, SVS PC-Ultra Sub|