The Cranberries Beneath The Skin: Live In Paris
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a concert performance that, as expected, uses footage from several cameras and offers varying qualities. Shots of the audience are often dark and plugged-up, with quite a bit of perceivable film grain, while shots of the stage can be very nicely defined or appear overly smeared. Colors are rich and well balanced. Some pixelization is noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)
The 5.1-channel audio presentations deliver quite good fidelity, and a very aggressive spatial presence throughout. The surrounds, which certainly are prominent in nature, convey the ambience, and the front left and right channels carry most of the sonic energy with the center channel playing a notable role as well. Though the .1 LFE is used abundantly, overall low-end extension seems somewhat reserved. The volume level of the audio presentation is quite high. The DTS Digital Surround audio version (new to Version 2) is preferred for its slightly more coherent soundstaging character and for having a bit more prominence in the low-end. (Perry Sun)
WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:
Once you have run the InterActual software for this DVD-ROM release, you are brought to the fantastic introduction, complete with a full sound clip from the concert. After the introduction has finished, you are brought to the DVD-ROM main menu, where you can choose from the options Play Concert With Lyrics, About The Show, Wallpaper, Interactive Slide Show, Web Links, and "Salvation." When you Play the Concert With Lyrics, you enter the DVD concert's version of a DVD movie's script viewing section. A very small window appears on the right, with a window on the left that contains the lyrics for the particular song being playing in the given chapter. It is easy to navigate through the different songs by clicking the chapter number on the bottom left of the screen, and the lyrics are all easy to read with a large white font on a solid black background. The only problem with this section is the incredibly slow pace the lyrics scroll up the screen. By the time one line appears, the singer has flown by with her quick tempo. Not only is there no way of increasing the speed of the scrolling, but it is also impossible to scroll through the lyrics by hand, until they have already scrolled through. Even with these shortfalls, this is a great feature that you should view if you are a fan of the music. In About The Show, you can find all the information you could want to find about what equipment and instruments were used in the production of the show. They are incredibly detailed lists, with instruments broken down by who played them and equipment by its use. Four Wallpapers in three different resolutions each can be found in the section bearing this name. The wallpapers are very stylish, and look great when actually used. In the Interactive Slide Show section, you are given the opportunity to listen to three different songs while viewing pictures of the band during gigs and being regular people. The three songs are "Ridiculous Thoughts," "Salvation," and "Wanted," and there are 80 different pictures you can add to your show. They do not try any time management techniques to show all the pictures in the time allotted for the song, but you can hear the entire song through as many times as needed to view all the different pictures you choose. From the Web Links section you can visit four different Web sites dedicated to the band. The Web sites are their official site, a discography site, their online store, and a site giving the history of the band. Clicking the "Salvation" link will let you listen to the song "Salvation" live, as well as download the official "Salvation" mp3 directly from the DVD. This is a fantastic disc that should most definitely be viewed by you Cranberries fans. The lyrics included with the video are a great touch, and the Slide Show is an awesome idea as well. The inclusion of the hit song "Salvation" mp3 is another added bonus, and even the wallpapers look good. I am not even a fan and I was riveted to the features available.
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