Marley, Ziggy & the Melody Makers-LIVE! (2000)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio-Only Track-Tomorrow People
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (60:10)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||K Thor Olsen|
|RPI||$39.95||Music||Ziggy & the Melody Makers Marley|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English dts 5.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Smoking||Yes, by audience|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Ziggy Marley, properly called David Marley, performs live in concert in late September 2000. The venue is in Florida, but I guess it does not matter. The Melody Makers play their greatest hits and appear on DVD for the first time - that is what matters. Ziggy sounds a lot like his dad and although it would be fair to say that he has not risen to the heights of his father, he still has a loyal following. The music of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers is still very much in the spirit of reggae, from the subjects of the songs to the spirit in which they are sung, and of course the reggae rhythm is easily identifiable in every song. This DVD presents 19 Marley favourites including the bonus track in both Dolby Digital and DTS in front of an appreciative audience.
It should be noted that Track 18 (Reasonings: End Credits) is not a song. It is comprised of brief interviews with the musicians and followed by the end credits.
|1. Opening: Irie|
2. Brothers & Sisters
3. Jah Bless
4. Rainbow Country
5. Black My Story
6. One Good Spliff
8. Small Axe
9. What's True
|10. Free Like We Want To B|
11. Africa Unite
13. Higher Vibration
15. Born To Be Lively
16. Let Jah Will Be Done
17. Could You Be Loved
18. Reasonings: End Credits
There are no real problems with this very high quality transfer.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. It appears to have been sourced from videotape.
The luminance portion of the transfer is of very high quality. The transfer is super-sharp with plenty of detail evident. The bright lights never resulted in any flaring, even when pointed directly at the camera. Darker parts of the picture looked fine. Shadow detail was great and there was no low level noise.
The DVD is a riot of colour. A colourful background poster, brightly coloured clothing worn by the artists and strong lighting covering every colour of the rainbow make for an intensely colourful experience. One shot in particular stuck in my mind. Ziggy was wearing a bright red top with a large white marijuana leaf on it. A bright green light bathed him, which contrasted with the strong deeply saturated blue lights in the background. The dominant colours were red, black, green and yellow. This would be of no surprise to reggae fans. I would not recommend watching this DVD through standard composite video - the dot crawl along colour borders would be terrible. As it was, there were no problems with the colour in the transfer.
MPEG artefacts were also not a problem. The bitrate stayed around 10 for the whole performance and the transfer always looked good. The layer change, however, was obvious with a second long pause at 60.10 between tracks. The audio paused for a second as well.
The subtitles are only present during the band interviews in Reasonings and for the first 30 seconds of the first track as Marley is talking to the audience. Regardless, none are in English.
The audio quality of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Live is also pretty good. The disc contains three audio tracks; a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and a DTS 5.0 soundtrack. I swapped over from one to another on the fly and came to the conclusion that I liked the 5.1 Dolby Digital track the best. The DTS soundtrack sounded the same in terms of fidelity, but was recorded several db lower and had no LFE.
There were no sync problems with the disc.
The surround tracks both used the surround speakers largely for ambience rather than having instruments playing through them. They were in constant use throughout the concert.
|Surround Channel Use|
Not much here I'm afraid.
This is a bonus track, also presented in full surround sound.
These are three takes of the band in rehearsal during the day with each lasting for a couple of minutes and captured in stereo.
This is a discography where the album covers are in such small type that you cannot read them.
This is a Region 4 PAL DVD. The footage would have been captured originally in NTSC. The Region 1 version appears to have the same specifications as ours based on checking out its listed features at various US web retailers. Our version is going to cost you less and is thus is the one of choice.
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Live is a very positive DVD. Although I am not a particular fan of reggae, I enjoyed it. The quality of performance is high. The picture and sound quality cannot be criticized. Obviously, if you like reggae you will want this DVD.
|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.|