Sugar Ray (Music in High Places) (2001)

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Released 8-Feb-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Featurette-Interview
Featurette-One Last Shoot
TV Spots
Featurette-Location Footage
Biographies-Cast
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 58:48
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Alan Carter
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Mark McGrath
Stan Frazier
Rodney Sheppard
Murphy Karges
Craig Bullock
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $39.95 Music Sugar Ray


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles French
German
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

This DVD is part of a series called Music in High Places. In this series, musicians are shown doing their stuff in exotic locations all over the world. Here the American group Sugar Ray is in Australia, or to be more precise, northern Queensland. In between tracks they clown around and you see the artists playing tourist in the regions they are visiting. Now I must admit at first I thought when I put up my hand for this disc that I was going to be in for a DVD of dance music from a DJ called Sugar Ray and therefore was in for some trance etc in 5.1. Not so - Sugar Ray has instead a pleasant mix of vocal harmonizing, positive pop music with a bit of hip-hop. Thus, I was unfamiliar with the group. Despite not hearing their stuff before, I ended up enjoying the music. It is not at all hard to listen to and contains some 'catchy' tracks with my favourite being Stay On. The footage taken at places like the Johnstone River Crocodile Farm was also often interesting - I saw the biggest croc in my life on this DVD when the band visited that farm. It should be noted that the footage of the band visiting the various tourist spots in northern Queensland is placed in between the music tracks.

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Track Listing

1. Someday
2. Just a little
3. Ours
4. When It's Over
5. Fly
6. Falls Apart
7. Stay on
8. Waiting
9. Every morning

Transfer Quality

Video

Sugar Ray is shot on video in a non-16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.75:1.

The picture was only of average sharpness. There was little in the way of blacks in the picture as both the songs and tourist footage were normally shot in bright sunshine.

This is quite a colourful DVD with many beautiful locations chosen. Colours were strong and presented no problems for this transfer.

MPEG artefacts were not problem here. This is a great transfer in this respect. There was a major but momentary flaw in the videotape source that can be seen at 34.28. It is hard to describe except to say it resulted in horizontal break-up of the image into about five bands across the screen. It is the probable result of a big bump to the camera as the hummer in which the group are travelling negotiates a wickedly challenging outback trail in a 4x4 'ride'. Apart from this, there are no real problems with the picture.

This was a Dual Layered disc with no observable layer change. Presumably the layers separate the programming from the bonus materials.

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Audio

The audio is quality is very pleasing on this disc. It seems that the audio in most cases has been redone in the studio. The musicians appear fully miked and wired for the recordings but often other factors come into play when the decision is made whether to go with the material recorded on-site. In any case, the 5.1 mix is a good one. Audio sync was not a problem.

There was constant but gentle use of the surrounds. They appeared to contain mostly out of phase sounds that added atmosphere rather than going for the location of individual elements of the soundtrack in the back speakers. i.e. There are no bongos in the back channels on this DVD.

Sub use was constant throughout the disc but was gentle in nature and never called attention to itself.

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Extras

There is a small package of extras included with this disc. Although modest in quantity, there are a few that are worth watching.

Menu

None of the menus were animated, 16x9 enhanced or scored.

Featurette-Interview

A fifteen minute interview with the band members about their time in Australia.

Featurette-One Last Shoot

A ten minute featurette on the logistics of shooting and recording in remote locations. Various sound and lighting people are interviewed along with the band members. It is reasonably interesting.

TV Spots

A series of promo spots recorded for channels like MTV. These lasted in total for just under a minute.

Featurette-Location Footage

The best feature is the 'On Location' footage which lasts just over 20 minutes. This gives you a more in-depth look at the places that the band visited while in Australia and is genuinely interesting and informative.

Biographies-Cast

A history of the band that you can read via on-screen text.

R4 vs R1

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

The Region 1 version of this DVD appears to be the same in the extras department as the local one.

Summary

If you like Sugar Ray's music you will like this DVD because not only is it well-recorded and pleasant to listen to but the backdrop locations are special and the atmosphere is very friendly and positive.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Gavin Womersley (read my bio)
Sunday, March 24, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using Component output
DisplayToshiba 117cm widescreen rear projection TV. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderRotel RSP-985 THX Ultra certified surround pre-amp.
AmplificationParasound HCA-2003 3x300w THX certified power amp, NAD 208THX 2x300w power amp.
SpeakersVelodyne HGS-18 1250w 18 servo-driven subwoofer, Celestion A3 front speakers, A2 rear speaker (full range) and A4c center channel speaker.

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