Anne Murray-What a Wonderful World (2001)
Featurette-Electronic Press Kit
Music Video-Let There Be Love
|Year Of Production||2001|
|Running Time||46:28 (Case: 55)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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||No|
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.
|1. Put a little love in your heart|
2. In the garden
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
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
All of the menus were static, but scored. They are not 16x9 enhanced.
There is a bonus music video of the song Let There Be Love.
There is a five minute Electronic Press Kit that is in stereo and in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
There is a listing of her extensive awards and achievements.
There is a listing of her music releases.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
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.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 117cm widescreen rear projection TV. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Rotel RSP-985 THX Ultra certified surround pre-amp.|
|Amplification||Parasound HCA-2003 3x300w THX certified power amp, NAD 208THX 2x300w power amp.|
|Speakers||Velodyne HGS-18 1250w 18” servo-driven subwoofer, Celestion A3 front speakers, A2 rear speaker (full range) and A4c center channel speaker.|