Tina Turner

Live In Amsterdam - Wildest Dreams Tour

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Details At A Glance

Category Music Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1996 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time
112:32 minutes
(not 143 minutes as on packaging) 
Other Extras Featurette - The Making Of (30:42)
RSDL/Flipper RSDL (73:15)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Director David Mallet

Warner Vision Australia
Starring Tina Turner
and band
Case Amaray
RRP $39.95 Music Tina Turner

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision Yes? Smoking No
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, after credits

Plot Synopsis

    Having been fortunate to see Tina Turner live on a couple of occasions, it was a pleasure to get a chance to review this concert recorded during her Wildest Dreams Tour. I will not reiterate here the many plaudits accorded the lady, still going damn strong at an age when most would be well and truly retired. If you have never had the pleasure of seeing her perform live, this is a great chance to see what you have been missing, especially in the bigger venue concerts.

    And this is certainly a large venue, the then new Amsterdam Arena, packed to the gunwales with a very enthusiastic audience. And a great concert it is too, so different to the roboticised concerts so predominant nowadays. Tina Turner enjoys what she does and makes sure the crowd goes home very happy indeed.

Transfer Quality


    All things considered, this is a fine transfer that captures the concert so well.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    Apart from some problems caused by the usual culprits in the stage lighting, the main problem here is the flare and glare that the video source has had problems dealing with. And this is compounded by Tina Turner at times wearing a sequin dress, which causes almighty problems. There is also an unusual aura effect created around the performers under the intense stage lighting, which is a little disconcerting. However, once you have adjusted to these problems, most of which are fairly common for concert videos, this is quite a sharp and well defined transfer. Most noticeably, there is no loss of focus during the concert, which also helps the overall effect. Shadow detail is good, although the venue is quite well lit throughout the concert, which means that everything comes up very clear indeed.

    The colours are very nicely saturated throughout, and overall this is quite a vibrant transfer. It is a consistent transfer too, apart from the odd occasions when the lighting just gets too intense and washes out the colour in the transfer. Nothing too much to complain about in this regard though.

    There did not appear to be any MPEG artefacts in the transfer, nor were film-to-video artefacts a problem. There did not appear to be any film artefacts present in the transfer, reflecting perhaps a video source for the material.

    This is an RSDL format disc, with the layer change coming at 73:15. This is quite a noticeable layer change, but then again how much opportunity does a concert video give to hide a change? It was only mildly disruptive to the flow of the concert, as it came between songs.


    And matching the video transfer is a pretty decent Dolby Digital soundtrack.

    There is only the one audio track on the DVD, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, and one of the better ones I have heard in concert videos.

    The music and vocals are very clear and understandable in the soundtrack.

    Audio sync did not appear to be a problem with the soundtrack.

    The soundtrack does not make much use of the rear surround channels, but other than that this is a very nicely encompassing soundtrack with nice balance in the front surround channels. A very nice, crisp sound is the result, although just a tad recessed on occasions. There were a few minor audio drop outs, most noticeably at the chapter points between songs, but this was never too annoying. The bass channel gets some decent workout here, and would certainly reward the volume being turned up above your normal listening level.



    Quite a perplexing effort this one: I found it very slow to react to commands from the remote, and its design is quite poor. The extras are listed at the end of the song listing and it takes a while to navigate to the point to access the selection. It would have been far more preferable to have a main menu with two submenus, one for songs and one for the extras.

Featurette - The Making of (30:42)

    This actually is just an interview (or rather interview segments) with Tina Turner and album producer Trevor Horn, followed by the music video for Whatever You Want. The interview material discusses mainly each song on the album, with a few informative tidbits to flesh out its worth. The music video is quite an interesting piece of effects work. Overall, to call this The Making Of is somewhat of a misnomer - it really is an interview plus a music video. Still, semantics aside, a worthwhile addition to a good concert program. These are presented in a full frame format with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

R4 vs R1

    The Region 1 and Region 4 releases appear to be identical, therefore Region 4 would have to be the marginally better choice, owing to the inherently superior PAL system. However, be aware that there is also a DTS version of the concert available in Region 1, and on the basis of this release, that should really rock. Hey, Warner Vision Australia, if you ever decide to release the DTS version here, I would love to get a hold of a copy.


    A very enjoyable concert on what is a fine transfer within the inherent limitations of the concert source. Well worth getting your hands on this one to enjoy some fine music.

    A very good video transfer.

    A very good audio transfer.

    A decent package of extras.

    And just a word of explanation as to why the timing on the packaging is incorrect: I believe general convention is that the timing shown on packaging is for the main feature only. Warner Vision include the timing of extras as well in the timing shown on the packaging. This is just an inconsistency in presentation with other distributors - you are not being conned in any way.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Ian Morris
10th December 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-515; S-video output
Display Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Built in
Amplification Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Speakers Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL