Andrew Lloyd Webber-Royal Albert Hall Celebration (1998)
|Year Of Production||1998|
|Running Time||128:05 (Case: 126)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (72:14)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||David Mallet|
Universal Pictures Home Video
Julian Lloyd Webber
|RPI||$36.95||Music||Andrew Lloyd Webber|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, end credits superimposed over orchestra|
Recent visitors to this planet who may not have heard of Andrew (rest assured most inhabitants of Earth will have attended one of his musicals or at least have heard of his name) will be interested to know that Andrew is the composer of some of the most popular musicals of recent times, including:
The concert features highlights from Andrew's musicals (mentioned above) performed by various artists including our very own Tina Arena, Michael Ball, Antonio Banderas, Boyzone, Sarah Brightman, Glenn Close, Julian Lloyd Webber, Marcus Lovett, Lottie Mayor, Dennis O'Neill, Donny Osmond, Elaine Paige, Ray Shell, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Bonnie Tyler.
The song list for the concert is:
|Whistle Down The Wind||WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND||Tina Arena|
|Any Dream Will Do||JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT||Donny Osmond|
|Close Every Door||JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT||Donny Osmond|
|Intro and Variations I-IV||VARIATIONS||Julian Lloyd Webber|
|Requiem for Evita||EVITA||Orchestra and Chorus|
|Oh What A Circus||EVITA||Antonio Banderas|
|High Flying Adored||EVITA||Antonio Banderas|
|Don't Cry For Me Argentina||EVITA||Elaine Paige|
|There's a Light at the End of the Tunnel||STARLIGHT EXPRESS||Ray Shell|
|Pie Jesu||REQUIEM||Sarah Brightman & Ben De'ath|
|Gethsemane||JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR||Michael Ball|
|Superstar||JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR||Marcus Lovett|
|The Phantom of the Opera||THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA||Sarah Brightman & Antonio Banderas|
|All I Ask Of You||THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA||Sarah Brightman & Michael Ball|
|The Music Of The Night||THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA||Sarah Brightman|
|Tire Tracks & Broken Hearts||WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND||Bonnie Tyler|
|No Matter What||WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND||Boyzone|
|Vaults of Heaven||WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND||Michael Ball|
|Once Upon a Time||SUNSET BOULEVARD||Glenn Close & Marcus Lovett|
|With One Look||SUNSET BOULEVARD||Glenn Close|
|As If We Never Said Goodbye||SUNSET BOULEVARD||Glenn Close|
|Love Changes Everything||ASPECTS OF LOVE||Michael Ball|
|The Heart Is Slow To Learn||Kiri Te Kanawa|
|Whistle Down The Wind||WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND||Lottie Mayor with Andrew Lloyd Webber|
|The Jellicle Ball||CATS||Orchestra|
I was expecting (and even looking forward to) performances by the likes of Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and Elaine Page - after all, these are artists associated with Andrew and in some cases have been made famous by their stage performances of the songs. However, I must admit I was surprised by the inclusion of artists such as Tina Arena, Donny Osmond, Boyzone and Bonnie Tyler. However, everyone gave really credible and good performances.
I don't know some of the artists featured here, but my vote for the Coolest Name for an Artist I Have Never Heard Of Before is Ben De'ath - especially as the name is attached to a boy with the sweetest voice and the most angelic face yet.
The weakest link is probably Antonio Banderas - despite his devastatingly handsome good looks and his ability to carry off his tune, his voice is not as powerful or compelling as the others. Noticeably absent from the concert was "Mr. Phantom" himself Michael Crawford.
The highlight for me was Glenn Close - even though I vaguely knew she had appeared on Broadway I never suspected her to be this good - she was awesome in her performances of selections from Sunset Boulevard.
All in all, this is a must-have concert if you are a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Even if you can't stand the man, I would still recommend that you at least have a look.
|1. Whistle Down The Wind|
2. Any Dream Will Do
3. Close Every Door
4. Intro And Variations I-IV
5. Requiem For Evita
6. Oh What A Circus
7. High Flying Adored
8. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
9. ...A Light At The End Of The Tunnel
11. Pie Jesu
14. The Phantom Of The Opera
|15. All I Ask Of You|
16. The Music Of The Night
17. Tire Tracks & Broken Hearts
18. No Matter What
19. Vaults Of Heaven
20. Once Upon A Time
21. With One Look
22. As If We Never Said Goodbye
23. Love Changes Everything
25. The Heart Is Slow To Learn
26. Whistle Down The Wind
27. The Jellicle Ball
The video is marred by quite frequent occurrences of colour and luminance smearing, which I suspect is present in the video master. This smearing looks similar to edge enhancement haloing during Tina Arena's appearance in Chapter 2 but on closer inspection I realized that it is actually the luminance bleeding of Tina's profile into the background. This artefact is particularly noticeable in the smearing of Donny Osmond's white shirt and also the blue haze surrounding Julian Lloyd Webber. Fortunately, the artefact settles down in the latter half of the concert to nothing more than a minor annoyance.
Other than the above artefact, the transfer is quite clean and there is very little evidence of MPEG artefacts or video noise.
This is a single sided dual layered disc (RSDL). The layer change occurs just at the end of Chapter 19 at 72:14. This is a very well-placed layer change (particularly for a concert) since I didn't even notice the layer change on first viewing and I had to go specifically hunting to find it.
I was initially quite impressed by the enveloping ambience of the opening of the concert (Chapter 2 start until the appearance of Tina Arena - 1:06-2:10). The sounds of various instruments seem to be nicely spread across all speakers. However, the rest of the concert is more conventional with the surround speakers mainly used for ambience and I suspect this is actually a stereo track remixed for surround rather than a true surround track.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 track is mastered at a lower level compared to the 5.1 track (about 6 dB lower) but surprisingly sounds nearly as good as the 5.1 track and has a nice rich sound compared to most Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks which sound tinny.
The audio track does not have a strong low frequency component so the subwoofer is very rarely used.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (203cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front left/right: B&W DM603; centre: B&W CC6S2, rear left/right: B&W DM601|