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Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber Live In Beijing, The (Andrew Lloyd Webber: Masterpiece)
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 67 (Dec 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Elaine Paige, Kris Phillips, Sandy Lam & Tony Vincent

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes the 37-minute "Backstage In Beijing" featurette; six minutes of information on Motorola, the sponsor of the show; a three-minute highlight of the cast

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 37778
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2001
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 11/12/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jo-Anne Robinson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From The Great Hall Of The People, "The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Live In Beijing" (DVD cover title: "Andrew Lloyd Webber: Masterpiece") brings acclaimed performances from internationally acclaimed productions to China. Highlights from Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Evita are included. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a satisfying visual experience for this stage performance, offering images that are generally sharp, overall. While finer details and definition can be limited, and some shots (depending on the camera) appear somewhat smeared, visual information is pleasing. The orchestra is apparently situated under green lighting, so blacks and fleshtones often have a greenish tinge, but the performers on stage look natural. Pixelization, shimmering details, and aliasing problems can all be negative factors with this picture. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 sonic presentations both provide for a pleasing sense of dimension throughout, with comparatively moderate surround envelopment. Recording quality can be characterized as rather good, though not exemplary. Deep bass is only somewhat noticeable for this audio presentation, and the .1 LFE does not seem to be a factor. The vocals span all three front channels. The DTS Digital Surround version is preferred for its slightly more refined sounding midrange, a bit greater sense of spatial depth and coherence, and a little more definition with low frequencies. (Perry Sun)