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Coldplay: Live 2003
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 80 (Jan 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Coldplay: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a 41-minute tour diary, a multi-angle function, and song lyrics. A small booklet with concert stills and a bonus CD are also included in the packaging.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Capitol Records
(Catalog Number): C9 7243 5 99022 0 3
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color With B/W Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 0
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 11/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Russell Thomas
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Starting in England in the month of June 2002 and performing during each consecutive month following, until arriving in Mexico City in September 2003, Coldplay shows us just how busy these boys have been. Recorded during their Rush of Blood to the Head Tour, "Live 2003" is an absolutely fantastic collection of their greatest hits being performed on various stages throughout the world. With his haunting voice, Chris Martin leads Coldplay through one song after another, which will surely send

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD stage performance is presented in both color and black-and-white. Depending on the camera source, images can be nicely detailed or downright smeared. The stage lighting saturates the stage with greens, reds, and blues, and hues are rich and well balanced. The picture can look a bit muddy and undefined at times. There is some pixelization, but edge enhancement is not much of a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 audio presentations feature quite an abundance of intensity and sonic excitement, appropriate to the nature of Coldplay's musical style and on-stage performance. This is one of the better surround sound concert mixes. The soundfield has been aggressively engaged throughout, including the surrounds, which like many concert 5.1 mixes serves to convey the ambience of the performance environment. The main vocal predominates in the center channel with some spread to the left and right. Fidelity is overall quite remarkable, despite the