Pavarotti-The Event (1990) (NTSC)

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Released 7-Oct-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Opera Menu Animation & Audio
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 87:33
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Antonello Falqui

Warner Vision
Starring Luciano Pavarotti
Andrea Griminelli
Leone Magiera
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Various

Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, credits at beginning, no credits at end of feature

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Plot Synopsis

    The DVD is more properly entitled (according to the opening credits anyway) as "Luciano Pavarotti in Concerto" followed by "Gran Gala in onore dei partecipanti alla XIV Edizione della Coppa del Mondo di Calcio" which I suppose loosely translates from Italian into "Gala concert held to celebrate the participants of the 15th World Cup Soccer."

    Luciano Pavarotti of course needs no introduction, being quite possibly the world's most famous living tenor - with a string of operas, concerts and recordings to his name. His career is almost over by now, but this performance captures him when his singing voice was still quite respectable though of course not as silky smooth as in the 70s.

    Although this is billed as a Pavarotti concert, the orchestra gets to play two "instrumental" overtures, and guest star Andrea Griminelli plays the flute accompanied by orchestra for two songs. Tenor and flautist even join for a "duet" in "Occhi di Fata." The orchestra, which is not credited, appears to be conducted by Leone Magiera.

    Pavarotti descends into popular crowd pleasers such as O Sole Mio! and Torna a Surriento for two of his supposed six encores. The night ends somewhat fittingly with the over-played Nessun Dorma from Turandot.

    The track listing is:

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Track Listing

1. Ouverture dal Don Pasquale
2. Quanto e' bella, quanto e' cara!
3. Una furtiva lagrima
4. Andante in do magg. K 315
5. Tombe degli avi miei...
6. Le mia letizia infondere
7. Pourquoi me reveiller
8. Recondita armonia
9. E lucevan le stelle
10. Carmen Fantasy
11. Vesti la guibba
12. Ouverture da Semiramide
13. La serenata
14. Girometta
15. Occhi di Fata
16. Addio fiorito asil
17. O sole Mio!
18. La mia canzone al vento
19. Torna A Surrentio
20. Nessun dorma

Transfer Quality


    The transfer is in NTSC full frame and looks like it was intended for broadcast TV.

    The transfer appears to have been taken from an analogue video source that is not in prime condition, as several video artefacts such as colour bleeding and overmodulation are present. This is then accentuated through edge enhancement.

    Detail levels are consistent with videotape technology of the era (1990) and colour saturation is variable. In fact, both luminance and colour saturation seem to shift from time to time. This is throughout the transfer - an example of shifts in colour saturation occurs around 3:30. Fortunately, I did not notice significant instances of compression artefacts.

    There appears to be an empty subtitle track encoded on the disc. I did not notice any subtitles, apart from captions of the titles of the arias/musical pieces which are burned into the video stream.

    This is a single sided, single layered disc.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There are two audio tracks on this disc: Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), and Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s).

    The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track appears to be a stereo mix artificially enhanced for 5.1, based on the age of the source material. The rear speakers are mainly used for ambience.

    Both tracks are quire disappointing and unsatisfying, if you love your opera loud and dramatic, but acceptable if you are not very fussy.

    The Dolby Digital 2.0 is mixed at a very low level (about 8dB below that of a typical CD) and sound rather dull and uninvolving. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds brighter than the 2.0 track, but is rather hissy.

    Both tracks exhibit "cracking" on loud passages and have strident midranges. There is a persistent low level hum present throughout the entire duration of the feature.

    The LFE track is used lightly to boost the low frequencies in the 5.1 track.

    There is no dialogue present, but Pavarotti's enunciation is ... well ... his usual self. As mentioned before, his voice tends to "crack" at loud volumes - this is not his fault but the audio transfer. Fortunately, I did not notice any audio synchronization issues.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    There are no extras present on this disc.


    The menu is full frame, but includes background audio and animation.

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 the same across R1, R2 and R4.


    Pavarotti - The Event is a gala concert featuring Luciano Pavarotti held to celebrate the 15th World Cup Soccer. Pavarotti sings a selection of opera arias as well as some popular Italian songs.

    The video transfer is from an analogue video source and is mediocre.

    Likewise the audio transfer is mediocre to poor.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Monday, November 18, 2002
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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 AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
SpeakersFront and rears: B&W CDM7NT; centre: B&W CDMCNT; subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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