Paul Simon-You're the One: In Concert (2000)

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Released 19-Mar-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 159:41 (Case: 120)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (64:21) Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Gary Halvorson
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Paul Simon
Jay Ashby
Tony Cedras
Steve Gadd
Jamey Haddad
Bakithi Kumalo
Alain Mallet
Vincent Nguini
Steve Shehan
Andy Snitzer
Mark Stewart
Evan Ziporyn
Case Click
RPI $39.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

††† Paul Simon is one of those artists that never does things by half. In fact, he does quite the opposite. Here in Paul Simon: You're The One, we have a classic example of the level of dedication he devotes to his craft. The DVD covers a concert that took place in October 2000 at the Paris Theatre De l'Olympia. Rather than focusing on just one night, the DVD covers songs that were recorded on the nights of the 30th and 31st and is the same content that has been airing on PBS stations in the USA recently.

††† Overall, this is a magnificent collection of Paul's work and one that will provide any fan with many repeat performances. It should be noted that there is also a DVD-Audio version of this disc available but it only includes a subset of the songs available on this disc (as well as a few different ones). For those interested, the tracks on the DVD-Audio disc are; Thatís Where I Belong, Darling Lorraine, Old, Youíre The One, The Teacher, Look At That; Senorita With A Necklace Of Tears; Love; Pigs, Sheep And Wolves; Hurricane Eye and Quiet.

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Track Listing

1. That's Where I Belong
2. Graceland
3. One Man's Ceiling Is Another . . .
4. You're The One
5. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
6. That Was Your Mother
7. Me & Hulio Down By The School Yard
8. The Teacher
9. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
10. You Can Call Me Al
11. Old Friends
12. Homeward Bound
13. I Am A Rock
14. Darling Lorraine
15. Old
16. The Boy In The Bubble
17. Pledgin My Love
18. The Late Great Johnny Ace
19. The Coast
20. Late In The Evening
21. American Tune
22. Hurricane Eye
23. Kodachrome
24. Bridge Over Troubled Water
25. Still Crazy After All These Years
26. The Boxer

Transfer Quality

Video

†††† The video transfer of this concert, whilst not superb, was still quite pleasurable to watch.

††† The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

††† Thankfully, the transfer of this title is quite clear and sharp, all too uncommon when live performances are involved. The stage lighting and limited space would have made the capturing of this live concert challenging to all involved. Shadow detail is handled well, with an enormous amount of detail revealed in the dim backlighting of this production. A good clean example can be seen at 6:57. There is mild low level noise.

††† The colours were strong and bold. The bright stage lighting primarily consisted of spotlights with varying colours, but predominantly a deep blue was utilized. The effect can be seen early at 3:20 where the band performers are draped in these soft tones of colour. At 16:14 there is a good example of the soft background colours and the crisper foreground definition shown on Paul's face and body.

††† There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Aliasing is quite common but mild when it does occur. Initially, I thought the transfer suffered from an enormous amount of aliasing, but on closer inspection it is actually the lighting reflecting off the band's instruments in most cases. The worst aliasing starts almost straight away at 0:19 until 0:31 on the neon sign outside the Theatre. Once the performance itself starts, future occurrences are thankfully a lot milder. Film artefacts are very rare and not distracting at all.

††† The only subtitles on the disc are in English and are true to the actual words spoken. Now I know how to spell Ta-na-na-na-na during Diamonds On the Soles Of Her Shoes...

††† This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change occurring between the titles Old and The Boy In The Bubble at 64:21. It was not disruptive to the flow of the programming and was placed in the most logical position possible for a layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
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Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

††† This disc contains some excellent audio tracks along with one annoyance which I will explain anon.

††† There are a total of 3 audio tracks on this DVD with the default being a Linear PCM 2.0 soundtrack. There are also Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 tracks. I listened to the DTS track in its entirety and then for some select songs I listened to all 3 track options in succession for comparative purposes. As mentioned, PCM is the default track, and you need to go to the menu to choose either of the other track options. I found the PCM track to be quite nicely done, but soon wanted more and switched to the Dolby Digital track. Again, this was very well done and enjoyable to listen to. Then I changed tracks to DTS and this left me with the feeling that the Dolby Digital track contained a slight echo that I didn't notice up until this point. The drum jam session from 37:59 to 39:39 is superb in PCM and Dolby Digital but out of this world in DTS with the volume cranked up!

††† The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times and there was no hiss apparent. Audio sync was not a problem at all with this transfer, and was completely spot on.

††† The music was superb and a pleasure to listen to, but there was one problem that personally I found annoying. If you pick up the DVD case and flip it over to the back, take a look at the layout of the stage and where all of the band members are positioned. When you play back the disc, regardless of where the camera cuts to or pans across from, the sound from each instrument remains in exactly the same position as they are positioned on stage and does not flow with the camera. Normally, I might ignore this for some scenes, but when the camera sits on a close-up of a band member and places him smack bang in the centre of the screen, then I don't want to hear a non-existent guitar strumming a solo out of the front left speaker. Classic examples of where this is annoying can be seen and heard at 21:27, 22:58, 24:06 and 37:59. It would have been preferable to place at least the one instrument that is the focus of the camera's attention in the centre of the soundfield and leave the others in their existing positions.

††† The surround channels were used mainly for subtle ambience both in the Dolby Digital and DTS tracks. The crowd clapping and cheering between songs was present in all speakers giving you the impression of sitting in a virtual seat positioned several rows back from the stage, surrounded by other fans.

††† The subwoofer was used to provide assistance to heavy bass when required. Overall, I found the disc to be a little heavy in bass content regardless of the audio track listened to. As the volume increased, I found that I needed to reduce the bass in order to provide a more palatable experience.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

†††† Very few extras are present and those without a DVD-ROM drive are not really missing out on anything.

Menu

††† The menu design is themed around the presentation. The main menu features Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded audio.

Web Link

††† This option takes you direct to the Paul Simon Website at http://www.paulsimon.com . This is the same site that you can access from your browser and no special or limited content is shown by accessing the site via this method.

DVD-ROM

††† The DVD-ROM content consists of 2 Windows Bitmap files. Both are available in a screen dimension of 1024x768 or 800x600.

R4 vs R1

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

††† The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

††† The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on; ††† Both versions are essentially the same.

Summary

††† Overall, this was another fine DVD from Paul Simon.

††† The video quality is quite good with a mixture of soft tones and clean, fine definition when required.

††† The audio quality is superb. Just don't expect the sound from the solo performances to match the on-screen presentation.

††† The extras are very limited, and the DVD-ROM content consists only of 2 separate graphical backgrounds in BMP format.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Peter Mellor (read my bio)
Tuesday, April 02, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-800, using Component output
DisplayLoewe 72cm. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersWhatmough Audiolabs Magnum M30 (Mains); M05 (Centre); M10 (Rears); Magnat Vector Needle Sub25A Active SubWoofer

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