Henley, Don-Live-Inside Job (2000)

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Released 3-May-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 104:52
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (55:04) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Lawrence Jordan
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Don Henley
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Don Henley


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English dts 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles French
German
Italian
Swedish
Norwegian
Spanish
Portuguese
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, Hotel California playing whilst credits roll

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Plot Synopsis

    Don Henley, one time vocalist and drummer from that "minor" 70s group The Eagles, forged a noteworthy solo career during the 80s. Who could forget the classics such as The Boys Of Summer, Sunset Grill, and All She Wants To Do Is Dance from the hugely successful 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast. Released in 2000, Inside Job was Don Henley's first new album since the 1989 release The End Of The Innocence. On May 25 2000, he played a special live televised concert at the Fair Park Music Hall in Dallas, Texas, from where he hails. This disc is a presentation of some of the songs performed and includes new tracks, his solo classics and of course the usual Eagles staples.

    The disc commenced with a 1:30 introduction where Don Henley gives a brief overview of what he has been doing for the last 11 years and what he hopes to get out of the live performance. Although it is not shown in the actual concert, there is a reference in the intro to this being a request night, where audience members ask for certain songs to be performed. References from other Internet sites seem to reinforce this, and also mention that the concert duration was quite a bit longer than is shown on this disc. It would appear that much of the audience interaction has been removed.

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Track Listing

1. Dirty Laundry
2. Sunset Grill
3. Workin' It
4. Taking You Home
5. The Boys Of Summer
6. Lilah
7. Everything Is Different Now
8. The End Of The Innocence
9. All She Wants To Do Is Dance
10. New York Minute
11. Talking To The Moon
12. They're Not Here,They're Not Coming
13. The Heart Of The Matter
14. Desperado
15. The Long Run
16. My Thanksgiving
17. Hotel California

Transfer Quality

Video

    An excellent video presentation, in part due to the relative youth of the material (just over 12 months old), this transfer is of near-reference quality. It was filmed for live television and a couple of references made during the introduction and the actual concert reinforce that, where Don Henley seems to be talking more to the television audience than the live audience.

    The transfer is presented in its original aspect of 1.33:1 it is therefore not 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness is excellent with no hint of any edge enhancement. Shadow detail also never fails to impress, though it must be stated that this isn't what I would call adventurous concert lighting, so there are few patches of deep darkness or high brightness. There is no low level noise evident.

    Concerts regularly play havoc with colours, but this transfer never skips a beat. As mentioned before, the lighting is not spectacular, but it is a nice warm transfer with plenty of rich reds. There is no issue with colour bleeding or oversaturation.

    There are no evident MPEG artefacts, helped no doubt by the fact that the transfer rate was regularly stuck on 10Mbps.

    Several subtitles are present, though English is not one of them. This is unfortunate since I often like to know what is being sung at times. This is not an issue on this disc as the subtitles don't appear during the songs anyway, only during the brief interludes between songs when Don Henley is talking.

    This an RSDL formatted disc, with the layer change occurring at 55:04, perfectly placed at the end of All She Wants To Do Is Dance.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
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Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    When I first received this disc I took pleasure in noting that it contained a DTS soundtrack in addition to Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks. I only own one DTS music DVD (Eagles, Hell Freezes Over) and like most people find it to be a stunning audio presentation and one of the first discs I use as a demo for my system. If you are expecting something similar with this disc, you are going to be disappointed. It is still a very good audio mix, but it just doesn't use the full 5.1 channels as much or as well as Hell Freezes Over.

    The audio has been mixed very conservatively, with no separation of individual instruments or lyrics. The centre channel is almost a replica of the left and right channels, just at a lower level. The overall effect is like a wall of sound but I must admit I do prefer the bulk of the lyrics to come from the centre.

    Dialogue is always crisp and clear and there are no apparent audio sync problems.

    Surround channel use has been kept to a minimum. When I mean minimum, I mean virtually none. For those of you that don't like over-mixed and overdone surround soundtracks, this is the disc for you. The mixing engineers have been very conservative in their mix and for me that is a little bit disappointing. I at least like to hear the crowd behind me to give that 'front row feeling'. One track where this is distinct rear channel use is the opening of Lilah.

    The subwoofer is nicely integrated into the overall sound mix, though it is more prominent in the Dolby Digital 5.1 than the  DTS soundtrack. Some may prefer the more understated use, but like the surround channels, I prefer to know that my subwoofer is being used.

    Overall, I had a strong preference for the default Dolby Digital 5.1 track. It is mastered at about 7dB louder than the Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS tracks so you may want to turn it down a touch before switching between them. The Dolby Digital 2.0 is pretty basic, and I feel listeners without full surround capability would have been much better served by a PCM track, although I guess with the inclusion of excellent video and a Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS track there just wasn't any room left for it.

    The DTS track was certainly a disappointment. My wife commented that it sounded 'tinny' which isn't much of a compliment. It certainly lacked any bass emphasis and seemed to focus on the dialogue at the expense of the instruments. Have a listen to the difference in the piano during Desperado and you'll know what I mean.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
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Subwoofer
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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

    There is some minor menu animation on the main and sub-menus. Looped audio from the concert version of Sunset Grill is provided, though it is quite brief. Doesn't really count as an extra in my opinion.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 disc is identical to the Region 4 product. Our disc wins out on price alone.

Summary

    The video quality of Don Henley-Live-Inside Job is excellent and is approaching reference quality. Perhaps I set my sights too high on the audio quality on this disc. The relative youth of the performance and the precedent set by Hell Freezes Over certainly raised my expectations and despite not achieving those lofty heights, it is still a worthwhile listen. Don Henley is not a flashy performer, and doesn't put on what you would call a high-octane, high-energy show, but if you want to see real musicians playing real instruments and a solo performer with real talent and a decent voice then this is a fine performance that would surely require repeat viewings.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Tuesday, June 05, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationHarmon/Kardon AVR7000.
SpeakersFront - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10

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