Jessica Simpson-Dream Chaser (2001)

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Released 8-Jul-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Biographies-Cast
Discography
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 49:41 (Case: 58)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Jennifer Lebeau
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Jessica Simpson
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Jessica Simpson shot to pop stardom when she first debuted “Sweet Kisses” back in 1999 when she was only 17 years old. This was her first step from primarily gospel songs into mainstream pop, and what a successful leap that was. Now 21 years old, Jessica feels she has grown a lot and has a better feeling of what she would like to accomplish as an artist. Whilst we can still expect more passionate ballads, part of Jessica’s trademark, we can also expect to see her performing more varied styles such as rhythm-pop and sultry R&B. In fact, there is a mix of “Irresistible” with Jermaine Dupri and Lil Bow Wow on this disc (Track 20).

    Dream Chaser is part documentary and part music video, which takes you right into Jessica Simpson's world. Not only do you get to go on-stage during her first tour, also titled “Dream Chaser” but you get a first-hand look at her early career, right up to the present day. There is also behind-the-scenes action of her filming the music video of her duet with Nick Lachey, not to mention 6 music videos to watch. One of these was shot live on MTV's Spring Break and is well worth a look.

    With Jessica's talent and gorgeous looks, I think we have only seen the tip of the iceberg with this remarkable young lady.

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Track Listing

1. Program Start
2. Once Upon A Time There Was A Dream
3. "I Wanna Love You Forever"
4. Finding The Deal
5. The Making of Sweet Kisses
6. "Where You Are"
7. The First Tour
8. "I Think I'm In Love With You"
9. The Dream Is Coming True
10. Irresistible: The Next Level
11. The Making of "Irresistible"
12. "Irresistible" Music Video
13. The Making of Video "A Little Bit"
14. "A Little Bit" Music Video
15. "There You Were", Duet with Marc ..
16. Dance! Dance! Dance!
17. The Dream Chaser Tour
18. "Irresistible" MTV Spring Break
19. Me & My Fans
20. "Irresistible" (So So Def Remix)
21. The Dreams Ahead
22. Credits

Transfer Quality

Video

     The video transfer of this DVD is superb and was a real pleasure to watch.

    The transfer is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and therefore is not 16x9 enhanced. Some of the music video scenes are shown in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was remarkably clear and easy to watch. Shadow detail was remarkable and examples of this can be seen just about anywhere, but the best examples are available in the "Irresistible" Music Video (Track 12). There is no low level noise.

    As with most music videos, the colours are used to draw attention to a lot of areas on the screen and to move your eyes around the different objects within the scene. This disc is no exception with lots of strong bold colours being used all with perfect clarity and with no hint of colour bleeding.

    Whilst there were no MPEG artefacts to be seen, there was a smudge on the camera lens at 9:35 which was quite noticeable. Aliasing was rare and mainly constrained to 3 specific instances at 4:48, 15:04 and 23:55 on a truck grille. This title appears devoid of film artefacts leading me to believe that film was not used as its production medium.

    There are no subtitles available on this disc so you will have to go by memory when singing along to the songs.

    This disc is a single layered disc so therefore there is no layer change

Video Ratings Summary
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Shadow Detail
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Audio

    This was an enjoyable audio transfer with a lot of surround use, especially for the music videos.

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English PCM 2.0 soundtrack, and the alternate is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. I listened to both in their entirety. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix was the pick of the two, providing a full-bodied feel to the sound. The PCM track was rather tinny and bare in comparison.

    Jessica's bubbly dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times. Audio sync was only a problem around the 37:24 mark with some obvious miming taking place.

    The music video songs were wide and expansive with magical use of the rear channels, nicely balanced with the front sound stage. Early on at 5:09 you get a nice introduction to what the sound on this disc has to offer and at 8:10 there is good use of the rears as the drums beat heavily from behind your head. Track 14 (the "A Little Bit" music video) also contains some nice vocals coming from the rears which everyone should find quite engaging and immersive.

    The subwoofer was highly active during several songs and the R&B Remix on Track 20 fills the room with its boom and sounds fantastic. For my tastes, the original mix of Irresistible is more to my liking without all that R&B chatter, but the drums sounded good.

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

Extras

     A small selection of extras is present.

Menu

    The menu consists of a full frame still image of Jessica. The main menu plays a brief introductory tune and then lies dormant, waiting for a menu option to be selected.

Biography

    This is a textual 6 page biography without any images. Scroll through the pages using your remote.

Discography

    This section shows Jessica's songs from both her released albums and their date of release.

  1. Irresistible (Released 5-June-2001)
  2. Sweet Kisses (Released 29-Nov-1999)

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 identical in content and are only differentiated by differences in their PAL and NTSC formats.

Summary

    This was an interesting insight into a remarkable young lady. I look forward to seeing more titles from Jessica in the future.

    The video quality was wonderful and was a pleasure to watch.

    The audio quality was also enjoyable.

    Personally, I felt that the menu needed an option to play only the Music Videos and skip the documentary sections. This would make it more enjoyable for future viewings by "popping on a few songs" without having to skip manually with the remote. Don't get me wrong - there is nothing wrong with the documentary portions, but there will be a limit to how many times you can watch those portions compared to the almost endless playing of the songs.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Peter Mellor (read my bio)
Saturday, November 02, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-533K, using S-Video 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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