Bobby Womack-The Jazz Channel Presents (2000)

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Released 5-Mar-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Biographies-Cast
Featurette-Meet The Artist
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 86:48
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (55:00) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Waymer Johnson
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Bobby Womack
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Bobby Womack


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English dts 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles French
German
Italian
Swedish
Norwegian
Spanish
Portuguese
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, titles over last song

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Plot Synopsis

    The Jazz Channel Presents: Bobby Womack is another in a series of TV specials featuring concerts by black musicians produced by BET on Jazz.

    Bobby Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944. He started his musical career early (in the 1950s) along with his brothers in a group called the Womack Brothers which was later renamed to the Valentinos. Bobby then joined Sam Cooke's band as a guitarist and, after Sam's death, concentrated on songwriting and session work with artists like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and Wilson Pickett. He also had some success as a solo artist in the 1960s and 1970s and more recently in his comeback records Poet and Poet II.

    In this concert, Bobby is backed by a 10 piece band and 2 backup singers. Bobby has a pretty dynamic stage presence, and I quite enjoyed the songs in the latter half of the concert. He talks a fair bit in between songs, but unfortunately I found it quite difficult to follow exactly what he was saying. I even turned on the Italian subtitles to try and find out what he was trying to say in English! He does a fair bit of name dropping between chapters 7 and 8 (Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield amongst others).

    Bobby is joined by Val Young singing in You're Welcome To Stop On By, and by Richard Rossi playing a sax solo in No Matter How High I Get. The end titles are superimposed towards the end of Amen/This Little Light of Mine, which I found mildly annoying.

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Track Listing

1. Nobody Wants You When You're Down..
2. Daylight
3. I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much
4. That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha
5. Love Has Finally Come At Last
6. Woman's Gotta Have It
7. You're Welcome To Stop On By
8. A Change Is Gonna Come
9. Looking For A Love To Call My Own
10. If You Think You're Lonely Now
11. No Matter How High I Get
12. Facts Of Life
13. He'll Be There When The Sun Goes Do
14. Across 110th Street
15. I'm Through Trying To Prove My...
16. I Can Understand It
17. Amen/This Little Light Of Mine

Transfer Quality

Video

    Given that this originated as a TV special, the transfer is presented in a full frame aspect ratio and is accordingly not 16x9 enhanced.

    In general, the transfer seems reasonably clean, with sharpness, detail and shadow detail about typical for a video source.

    Colour saturation was good, but I thought a bit over-saturated at times. There is occasional aliasing and shimmering (including horizontal dot crawls) which are tell-tale signs of NTSC to PAL upconversion but fortunately these artefacts are relatively minor. I also noticed some low-level video noise that verged on being unacceptable at times.

    Surprisingly, this DVD actually comes with several subtitle tracks. I was hoping that one of the subtitle tracks would be in English and that the song lyrics would be transcribed onto the track. But alas, no such luck! The subtitle tracks here contain translations of Bobby's in-between songs stage banter (which is quite extensive at times!) into various foreign languages but do not include translations of the lyrics to the songs. I turned on the Italian subtitle track for a brief period (and also to try and understand what he was trying to say!). The translation was pretty comprehensive and accurate, although I am not too sure about the spelling for some of the slang words ("kunk"?).

    This disc is a single sided dual layer disc (RSDL). The layer change occurs at 55:00 minutes into the concert. It is a fairly disruptive change - on my DVD player the screen freezes for almost a second, but at least it was between songs (near the transition between Chapters 10 and 11). Given that there were no real periods of silence during the concert, I can't really think of a more optimal spot for the layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    This DVD has three audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448Kb/s, DTS 5.1 (unknown bitrate) and Dolby Digital 2.0 at 224Kb/s. I listened to the DTS 5.1 soundtrack in its entirety, and in addition listened to a fair proportion (say about half an hour's worth) of the Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

    The DTS track is actually more like a 4.0 track since the centre channel was not engaged during the entire concert. The soundstage is very front-focused, with the rear surround speakers mainly carrying ambience information. The original audio source must have been in stereo and then remixed into 5.1. In cases like this, I would have preferred it if they just gave us the original stereo track as a PCM audio track for maximum quality.

    The Dolby Digital track sounded very similar, in fact it was hard for me to differentiate between the two. I also listened briefly to the Dolby Digital 2.0 track. In comparison to the 5.1 tracks it has a collapsed soundstage and has been mastered at a much lower level.

    I did not detect any audio glitches or synchronization issues.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    Given that most music DVDs don't come with any extras, the presence of an "interview" featurette, biographical stills, and the unusual inclusion of foreign language subtitles makes this DVD a cut above the average.

Menu

    The menus are reasonably pleasing and seems to be relatively free of MPEG artefacts, unlike some DVDs I've seen. They are in full frame format and are static.

Biography - Bobby Womack

    This is a single still providing a brief biography of Bobby.

Featurette - "Meet the Artist" (9:26)

    This is a brief interview with Bobby Womack. Bobby is presented in a small "window" over a background consisting of excerpts from the concert footage. Bobby talks about his musical beginnings singing gospel, his experiences performing in Europe, the ups and downs in his musical career, and upcoming albums. This featurette has three audio tracks but they all appear to be identical (Dolby Digital 2.0). Surprisingly, the featurette comes with a number of foreign language subtitle tracks.

R4 vs R1

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

    There appears to be no significant differences between the R1 and R4 versions of this disc.

Summary

    The Jazz Channel Presents: Bobby Womack is a listenable concert presented on a DVD with an slightly above average video and audio transfer. The extras are nothing special, but welcomed anyway.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-626D, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (203cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-3300
SpeakersFront left/right: B&W DM603; centre: B&W CC6S2, rear left/right: B&W DM601

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