Glen Campbell-In Concert (2001)
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|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Stanley Dorfman|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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, reprise of 'Classical Gas' performance|
This DVD presents country singing veteran Glen Campbell in a recent concert held at the Washington Pavilion in South Dakota, USA. Campbell performs many of his hit songs, and provides a very polished performance, as one would expect from such a seasoned performer. The quality of the image and sound on the DVD is also very good.
Campbell left his family farm aged 14 to pursue his music career. By his mid-twenties he had established himself as a very successful studio musician. A talented singer and guitarist, Campbell played on records by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and the Mamas and the Papas. In 1965 Campbell replaced Brian Wilson, and recorded and toured with the Beach Boys. Campbell left the Beach Boys to pursue a solo career, and found success in the late 1960s with the country songs, 'Gentle on My Mind', and 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix'. Campbell then hosted his own television show 'The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour', which ran successfully for a few years. Although seen by the public as a country singer, Campbell achieved crossover success again with the gold singles 'Wichita Lineman' and 'Galveston'. In the mid-1970s, Campbell topped the pop charts yet again with 'Rhinestone Cowboy' and 'Southern Nights'. Campbell has sold millions of albums, and won Grammys in both the Country Music and Pop categories.
During this concert, Campbell's fans greet each song like an old friend. Campbell performs with his 'Goodtime Band' and is also accompanied by the South Dakota Symphony. Campbell also performs a duet of 'Little Green Apples' with his daughter, Debby Campbell. The concert exhibits excellent production values, and wonderful camera work, sound recording and mixing. The finished product is well edited and very polished.
|1. Wichita Lineman|
2. Gentle on My Mind
3. Dreams of the Everyday Housewife
4. The Highway Man
5. By the Time I get to Phoenix
6. Classical Gas
7. It's only Make Believe
8. Little Green Apples
9. Southern Nights
|10. Rhinestone Cowboy|
12. Since I fell for You
13. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
14. The William Tell Overture
15. True Grit
16. Still within the Sound of my Voice
17. Amazing Grace
This is a recent made-for-television production, and it exhibits a broadcast quality image.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.
The sharpness, black level, and shadow detail are all as one would expect from a recent broadcast quality production.
This concert exhibits excellent lighting, and the colours are rich and well-saturated. The fleshtones are accurate.
There were a few mild MPEG artefacts to be seen but I never found them distracting at all. The image suffers from extremely slight pixelization at times, as can be seen at 34:07. The image also exhibited very mild posterization during close-ups of Campbell's face, such as at 41:59. There was also some subtle macro-blocking in the background, for example at 21:37.
There were no film-to-video artefacts or film artefacts to complain of.
There are no subtitles on this DVD.
Despite the claim on the packaging that this is a DVD-9, this is not an RSDL disc. This single layered disc is adequate considering the length of the content.
There are two audio options on this DVD: English Dolby Digital 5.1, and English Dolby Digital 2.0. The default English Dolby Digital 5.1 option exhibits great dynamic range, crystal clear sound, and deep bass. The 2.0 option is somewhat limited in comparison.
The dialogue quality (lyrics) and audio sync are excellent on both audio tracks.
The music, of course, is provided by Glen Campbell, his band, and the orchestra. I find Campbell's blend of easy-listening country and bluegrass music similar to a cross between Willie Nelson and The Eagles. The songs are all beautifully arranged and performed.
The surround presence and activity is excellent for a concert DVD. The surround sound mix is obviously quite front-heavy, but the rear speakers are used effectively to subtly help carry the music and provide ambience, such as the crowd applause. This way, the viewer is placed directly in the audience. There was a little echo at times through the rear speakers, but I did not find it too distracting.
The subwoofer is also utilised subtly to support the deep bass of the music.
|Surround Channel Use|
The extras are good, but I am curious why the 'extra' songs (taken from the concert) weren't just edited back into the main program. I must also say that I would have loved to have seen a documentary on Campbell and his music, or maybe some clips from his television show, music videos, and/or some archival footage from the 1960s or 1970s, such as Campbell with the Beach Boys, or Campbell with Frank Sinatra.
Unless stated otherwise, all the extras are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
A very simple menu, it is static and silent.
A look 'behind the scenes' of putting this concert together. There are also interviews with Glen Campbell and some of the other musicians.
A series of photographic stills taken from the concert.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This title was released on DVD in Region 1 in March 2002, and it is identical to the Region 4 version, apart from the Region 1 disc being presented in NTSC and coded for Region 1.
This DVD provides an excellent account and celebration of Glen Campbell's music, and it is a great example of how music concerts should be recorded. If you're a Glen Campbell fan, I heartily recommend this title.
The video quality is great.
The audio quality is excellent.
The extras are good.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|