B.B. King-The Jazz Channel Presents (2000)

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Released 9-Apr-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Featurette-Meet The Artist
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 64:40
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Waymer Johnson
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring B.B. King
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music B.B. King


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, during closing credits

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Plot Synopsis

    This DVD is a recording of a one hour concert performed by B.B. King for a live audience gathered by BET on Jazz: The Jazz Channel.

    B.B. King is arguably the most influential blues singer ever. During this live presentation he performs fifteen different tracks. These tracks come from a number of different albums, including tracks from Making Love is Good For You, the album he released just prior to this recording.

    After over 50 years of recording albums and working in the music industry, B.B. King is still able to completely hold the attention of an audience and give an outstanding performance. While he is now in his 70s, and now sits for the majority of his performance, it is quite obvious that he still enjoys performing in front of a live audience. During his performance B.B. gets the audience involved at a number of points and also relates a little of the background story behind a number of tracks.

    I feel that an exhaustive description of this title is not really required, as the contents of this disc speak for themselves. The disc contains an excellent one hour performance by blues legend B.B. King, and while quite short it would be a valuable addition to any fan's collection.

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Track Listing

1. Two I Shot Blues
2. Let The Good Times Roll
3. I'll Survive
4. Bad Case Of Love
5. Peace Of Mind
6. Caldonia
7. Blues Boys Tune
8. Early In The Morning
9. Just Like A Woman
10. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts...
11. The Thrill Is Gone
12. I Know
13. Don't Go No Further (You Need Meat)
14. Please Accept My Love
15. Making Love Is Good For You

Transfer Quality

Video

    This disc is presented with an excellent transfer that only exhibits a few small problems that are at no time distracting.

    The transfer is presented Full Frame (1.33:1) and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    Excellent levels of detail are visible during this transfer, which remains consistently sharp. Low level noise is not apparent at any time and shadow detail is excellent throughout with the darkly-lit shots of the audience always clear.

    Colours are always vibrant and accurately produced throughout the transfer.

    No MPEG artefacts were visible at any stage during the transfer. There are a number of occasions when slight aliasing is present. This is normally visible in guitar strings, such as at 3:28 and 49:18, and is at no stage distracting. It appears that this performance was originally digitally recorded to videotape, and thus no film artefacts are present during the transfer.

    NTSC to PAL conversion artefacts can be seen on a number of occasions during the transfer but are not distracting to the viewer. Examples of these artefacts can be seen at 23:32 and 32:45.

    There are ten different subtitles present on the disc. These titles are only used for the brief comments B.B. makes between tracks and his comments to the audience. No subtitles are present for the lyrics of any of the tracks performed. With such a small percentage of the performance having subtitles, their worth is extremely limited.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio tracks presented on this disc are always clear and provide an excellent rendition of the performance given.

   There are three audio tracks presented on this disc. They are; Dolby Digital 5.1 448Kb/s, Dolby Digital 2.0 224Kb/s, and DTS 5.1 with an unknown bitrate. The default audio track selected is the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I listened extensively to all audio tracks present and all are of high quality. One point to note is that the Dolby Digital 2.0 track is presented at a level approximately 10db lower than the other tracks. It would have been nice to have been provided with an uncompressed PCM track instead of the Dolby Digital 2.0 mix.

    The audio for all mixes is correctly synced at all times and does not have any dropouts or other problems.

    Both the surround mixes provided a forward-focused soundstage with the surrounds used primarily used for audience applause and participation. This produces a very effective sound field and is preferred to mixes where instruments artificially move around the soundstage. The sub was used throughout the performance for bass guitar and drums but is never overpowering and does not draw attention to itself.

Dolby Digital vs DTS
    The DTS track provides a slightly clearer soundstage and a cleaner mix with improved definition at both the top and bottom ends of the spectrum, and was my preferred listening experience. If you do not have the ability to play the DTS track I would not be overly concerned, as both the Dolby Digital tracks also provide excellent reproductions of the performance.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Subwoofer
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Extras

    There are minimal extras provided on this disc and while interesting it would have been nice to see some biographical information and a discography provided.

Menu

    The menu is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and allows access to each individual track for easy navigation. The audio and subtitle selection is located under the supplements menu.

Featurette-Meet The Artist (15:30)

    This featurette is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and shows interview footage from B.B. in a small picture in picture window while the concert footage is played in the background. There are a number of long gaps between the interview segments resulting in only approximately ten minuets of actual interview footage presented. During these interview segments B.B. discusses how he started in the music industry, how his guitar Lucille was named and how he still enjoys performing. A small digital dropout is visible at 8:06 but is not distracting.

R4 vs R1

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

   Both versions of this DVD appear to feature identical content and I therefore would have no preference for either version.

Summary

    The Jazz Channel Presents B.B. King features an excellent performance by B.B. King and would be a welcome addition to any fan's collection.

    The video and audio quality of the disc is excellent and the only way in which the disc could have been improved would have been by the addition of some more extensive extras.

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Wednesday, April 04, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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