Lou Primais-The Wildest (1999)
Additional Footage-Extra footage, music clips and interviews
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Don McGlynn|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 1.0 (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|
Louis Prima was one of the great entertainers of this century. Few had the enthusiasm and zest for life that Louis did. You could see this obvious enthusiasm for life in his stage performance. Louis started out as a straight Jazz musician playing a mean trumpet, moved to swing when swing was big, had a big band of his own and wrote some of the great Jazz standards in Sing, Sing, Sing, and Just a Gigolo. It is a testament to his staying power that he remained popular for over 40 years and was one of the establishing acts that made Las Vegas the entertainment town it is today.
Louis Prima, the Wildest! is an 80 minute documentary that examines his music and background, influences and impact. Interviews with family members, band members and music experts round out a story of a very interesting and charismatic man. Louis always looked for, played to and revelled in a responsive audience. This is clearly seen in this documentary. The documentary goes into reasonable detail about most facets of his life and the early Jazz scene that he grew up in. At the end, I felt a lot closer to understanding a little of what made Louis Prima tick.
The picture was not very sharp on the whole but given the age of much of the footage one has no real reason to complain. Things like shadow detail, quality of the blacks, and so forth, vary wildly in documentaries such as this. This documentary was no exception.
Colours, when present, were slightly muted but not problematic.
MPEG artefacts were not problem here. Film grain and artefacts existed in most of the film-sourced footage. There was a major flaw in the videotape source that can be seen eight minutes into the feature. Overall, the considerable age of much of the source material is easily discernable on the DVD.
This was an RSDL disc with no observable layer change. Presumably, the bonus materials are on the other layer of the disc.
Dialogue quality was varied, ranging from acceptable to very poor. Audio sync was not a problem.
Music is what this man was about but the technical quality on display here is again dependant on the source.
There is of course nothing for the surrounds or sub here.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are nine bonus items in the special features section. Five of these are footage with sound and show footage of Louis dancing or interviews with band members about particular topics. The other four are audio only, again with songs and interviews providing the material. All interviews and audio selections are between 30 seconds and five minutes in length. There are some interesting anecdotes among them, such as the story of why Louis named his big hit Sing, Sing, Sing. Although a modest collection of extras, they are still worth watching.
|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.|