Duttyology DVD Review
PictureUnusually for such a recently recorded concert, everything on this DVD is presented in 4:3 format. This doesn't really pose a problem as such but it's definitely worth noting for those of you who like to run concert discs on a big widescreen plasma or front projection system for that true immersive presentation. Video quality itself is a little variable. Whilst the main concert footage is good enough, albeit with an over saturated colour palette, the extras appear to have been filmed mostly using hand held domestic (digital) camcorders, lending some footage a grainy or low band look. For the most part though the quality is perfectly fine for this sort of DVD.
SoundWhilst this may not be my musical scene, there's no denying the mixes present. Available with a vanilla Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo or full on Dolby Digital 5.1 (448) audio track, Warner continues to try to present its musical offerings with the best mixes possible. Whilst it's unfortunate that we haven't been given a DTS option (as was present on other recent Warner offerings such as Travis: Live at the palace and Blondie: Live by request) the 5.1 mix present here is surprisingly good. Compared with the stereo mix, the 5.1 track has a great deal more dynamic range and presence as well as giving a greater feeling of the live performance thanks to some good presentation of audience in the rear channels. In comparison the stereo track, whilst perfectly adequate, sounds a little flat and compressed.
ExtrasAs I mentioned earlier, the disc eschews the normal main feature/extras presentation and, instead, mixes the contents up. Whilst you can jump straight to the concert and then play the set from the beginning or jump to your favourite track, you can equally dive into the additional features straight from the main menu; these are split into “Sumfest”, “Dutty Rock Hittin' The Streets” and “The Making Of The Videos” which are in turn split up further into chapters. “Sumfest” sees Sean arriving in Montego Bay for the Sumfest 2003 concert and this pretty much sets the scene for the other features found here. Covering the behind the scenes preparations, rehearsals and inevitable problems that are part and parcel of a live performance. In addition to the vast amount of behind the scenes concert footage, fans will also be interested in the videos (and in some cases the making of the videos) for “Get Busy”, “Gimme The Light”, “Like Glue” and “I'm Still In Love With You” as well as a rather well presented, animated and scored photo gallery. Menus throughout are nicely designed and will appeal to the target audience.
VerdictIt's hard for me to recommend this title since its content is so at odds with my musical tastes, however I'm also aware that Sean Paul has a huge following both here in the UK and around the world. If you're a fan of his hard hitting Jamaican Reggae meets rap styling then this DVD will probably be for you but, for a mainstream audience, I'd have to recommend giving it a miss.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.99
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