Anne Murray-What a Wonderful World (2001)

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Released 11-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Booklet
Menu Audio
Notes-Music Releases
Biographies-Cast
Awards
Featurette-Electronic Press Kit
Music Video-Let There Be Love
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 46:28 (Case: 55)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Susan Hall
Kevin Hunt
Cathy Patton
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring None Given
Case Click
RPI $34.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Anne Murray is a great singer of the gentler variety. She sings a lot of religious material and gentle songs. They are about as far away as you can get from my previous music DVD review (Cypress Hill). Murray had a several successful pop and country tunes in the 1970s such as Snowbird and You Needed Me. It was in the late 70s that I was introduced to her. Her album There is a Hippo in the Bathtub first let me hear her beautiful voice. I have liked it ever since. Her voice, a little different now, is still rich and smooth.

This DVD, What a Wonderful World, is a made-for-TV production in what appears to be a large studio complete with live audience. It does not feature any of her most popular hits from years gone by but is a collection of songs she has chosen to fit the theme of the show. Most of the tracks are of a reverential nature. The best-known of the tracks are I Can See Clearly Now and What a Wonderful World. She is backed by a decent-sized band which includes backing singers, cellos and violins. For a couple of numbers she is joined by a choir. Anne Murray's daughter sings with her on many tracks. For a couple of songs, such as I Can See Clearly Now, Lean on Me and Amazing Grace, Anne is joined by Deborah Cox. There are a few up-tempo numbers, but for the most part this is a disc that features gentler ballads.

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Track Listing

1. Put a little love in your heart
2. In the garden
3. Elijah
4. The other side
5. I can see clearly now
6. Amazing grace
7. You've got a friend
8. Lean on me
9. Just a closer walk with thee
10. Song of bernadette
11. Softly and tenderly
12. Let there be love
13. Put your hand in the hand
14. What a wonderful world

Transfer Quality

Video

This DVD is shot on video and is of fine quality. All of the concert is in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (and therefore is not 16x9 enhanced). The bonus clip of Let There Be Love is in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 but is not 16x9 enhanced.

The picture was sharp. Dark areas looked well saturated and experienced no problems. Shadow detail, which sometimes a problem for concert discs, was very good. There was no low level noise.

This is a colourful DVD. The studio lights cover the whole spectrum of colours and Anne wears some very brightly coloured clothing. No colour bleed or other colour-related problems were evident in this DVD.

MPEG artefacts were no problem on this transfer; this was helped by the fairly minimal compression - the bit rate almost never dropped below 9Mbps.

There are subtitles, but only in English. They cover all of the spoken words, and all of the lyrics.

This is a single layer disc. There is no layer change. With a programme this short a single layer is ample.

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Audio

The audio is available in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0. I listened to the whole of the 5.1, and sampled the 2.0 - the 2.0 is not as involving as the 5.1; it lacks the punch and sense of inclusion - the 5.1 is definitely the preferred track.

Sound quality was very good. Anne's voice is exclusively in the centre channel. There are no drop-outs.

Audio sync was not a problem.

The surrounds are gently engaged. They capture background echoes, and help provide a natural enjoyable sound. They really come to life with audience applause.

The subwoofer was used through most of the tracks, but only at a moderate level.

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Extras

There are few extras included with this disc.

Menus

All of the menus were static, but scored. They are not 16x9 enhanced.

Music Video

There is a bonus music video of the song Let There Be Love.

Featurette

There is a five minute Electronic Press Kit that is in stereo and in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Notes

There is a listing of her extensive awards and achievements.

Notes

There is a listing of her music releases.

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 is the same as the local one.

Summary

At three quarters of an hour this is not the longest disc around but if you are a sucker for Anne Murray's voice I am sure you will like it.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Gavin Womersley (read my bio)
Tuesday, September 10, 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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