Joy Enriquez-Live in Puerto Rico (Music in High Places) (2001)

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Released 6-May-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Featurette-Getting There
Interviews-Cast
TV Spots
Featurette-Location Footage
Music Video
Biographies-Cast
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 52:45
RSDL / Flipper RSDL Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Alan Carter
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Joy Enriquez
Marcelo Berestovoy
Rick Deliz
Andreas Geck
Rafael Padilla
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RPI $39.95 Music Joy Enriquez


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 1.75:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles German
French
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, MSN Music in High Places
Action In or After Credits Yes, on location "off cuts"

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Plot Synopsis

    The idea behind Music In High Places (a travel adventure cable TV series not yet shown in Australia to my knowledge) sounds interesting - take a musician/recording artist to an exotic/remote location, get them to talk to the locals and visit famous landmarks a la Michael Palin's travel adventures and get them to perform some of their best known songs "on location." Package it all up as a travelogue or travel documentary cum music videos/live performances. Microsoft has also got into the act by making certain segments from the series available as streaming Windows Media files on MSN (http://www.musicinhighplaces.msn.com - although when I recently tried to access this site it seems to have disappeared and MSN doesn't seem to mention it anymore).

    This "instalment" or "episode" features Latina R&B singer Joy Enriquez travelling around Puerto Rico and singing at various locations.

    Joy is a Mexican American born and raised in Whittier, California. She is probably not well-known to Australians - apart from the occasional guest appearance on the TV sitcom "7th Heaven" and singing the love song "How Can I Not Love You" from the film "Anna And The King." In the United States, she initially won recognition through her participation in the "Star Search" series and going on to record for Babyface.

    The music performances in the feature are edited like music videos (footage shot on location is spliced together as a montage of images together with cuts to Joy and her small group of musicians performing at various locations in Puerto Rico). The performances are pretty much captured "raw" or "unplugged."

    Joy visit several places, including:

    The musicians accompanying Joy include

    All in all, I think I enjoyed this more as a travelogue than as a music DVD, but it was nice listening to an acoustic version of How Can I Not Love You, which is easily my favourite song on this disc. Joy herself is very voluble and talkative, and no doubt very easy on the eyes if you are so inclined.

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Track Listing

1. Situation
2. Without You
3. Not Alone
4. Losin' The Love
5. Vete ya
6. Just When I Needed You
7. How Can I Not Love You
8. Someday
9. Shake up The Party

Transfer Quality

Video

    Apart from the opening title sequence, which is presented in full frame, the feature is presented in roughly 1.75:1 but with no 16x9 enhancement.

    Surprisingly, even though the transfer is based on a video source (presumably interlaced), the overall video quality is not too bad. The amount of detail is consistent with that of a video camera. Certain scenes look very detailed although overall the transfer is probably just a little on the soft side. Colours are quite natural and only have a very slight tendency to be on the yellowish side.

    The video transfer quality for this disc is higher than the previous two discs (Brian McKnight and BBMak) in the Music In High Places series that I have reviewed. I did not notice any significant instances of compression artefacts or even interlaced video artefacts, apart from very occasional aliasing and shimmering.

    There are three subtitle tracks on the disc, but the first one appears to be a silent subtitle track. The other two are French and German subtitle tracks. I turned them on briefly just to check that they do exist.

    This is a single sided dual layered disc (RSDL). I did not notice the layer change, and I suspect it occurs in between titles.

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Audio

    There are two audio tracks present: English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 Kb/s) and English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 Kb/s) . I listened to mainly the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.

    The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track appears to be sourced from a stereo mix and then electronically enhanced for surround. The rear channels are used to convey ambience and the centre channel is silent. The LFE track is mainly used to reinforce the low frequencies in the track.

    Unlike the other two discs in the series that I have reviewed, the quality of the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is very poor, to the point of being virtually unlistenable. The sound track is recorded at a very low level, and sounds extremely muffled and lacking in high frequencies even when the volume level is boosted.

    The Dolby Digital 2.0 track sounds much better even though in comparison with a reference quality audio track it is still fairly mediocre.

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Extras

    There are a fair amount of extras accompanying this disc, none of them 16x9 enhanced. The only extra not included that I can think of would be an audio commentary track, but that would be pretty superfluous since the main feature itself is a commentary of sorts on the location and the music.

    Most of the video extras appear to be presented in 1.75:1 (letterboxed) with a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track.

Menu

    The menus are full frame and static.

Featurette - Behind The Scenes (5:06)

    This is a short making-of featurette featuring interviews with:

Featurette - Getting There (3:50)

    This is a montage of scenes which look like off-cuts from the programme. There is no accompanying dialogue narration, but there are some "sound bites" of the cast and crew.

Interview - Joy Enriquez (29:19)

    This contains the extended version of the interview segments, excerpts of which made it to the main feature. Joy is obviously responding to questions posed by an unseen interviewer whose dialogue has been edited out (apart from the occasional muted comment).

Featurette - Promo Spots (0:37)

    This features Joy Enriquez making sound and video "bites" promoting the Music In High Places series on DirectTV, MSN and Radio Shack.

Featurette - Location Footage (34:48)

    This is an extended version of the scenes of Joy visiting various places in Puerto Rico (on a boat, on the streets of San Juan, in a tourist transport on the way to a sinkhole), including sections where she chats with various local guides. The scenes in the cave are very dark. Incidentally, the camera CCD looks like it has a dead pixel and there is a persistent, slightly blurry, white spot slightly to the right just above the midpoint.

Music Videos

    At first I thought this was a scene selection menu that takes you to the chapters containing the music performances, but it appears that these are separate music videos of the following songs:

    The reason why I think these are separate music videos instead of excerpts from the main feature are that;

  1. The video footage is actually different, which you can verify by comparing the music video with the corresponding chapter on the main feature. In general, the music video focuses more on the musicians playing the music rather than splicing in on location footage.
  2. There is only one audio track for these music videos, Dolby Digital 2.0, as opposed to both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 on the main feature.

Biographies-Cast-Joy Enriquez

    This is a set of seven stills providing a short biography of Joy Enriquez.

R4 vs R1

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

    The disc appears to be identical across Region 1 and 4, with the possible exception of subtitle tracks.

Summary

    Music In High Places - Joy Enriquez (Live in Puerto Rico) features the young Mexican American singer touring various locations around Puerto Rico and performing a selection of her songs. The video transfer is reasonable, but the audio transfer sounds rather muffled and soft. Extras are reasonable.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Sunday, May 19, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-626D, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR-3300
SpeakersFront and rears: B&W CDM7NT; centre: B&W CDMCNT; subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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