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Eels With Strings: Live At Town Hall
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 106 (Mar 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Mark Oliver Everett, aka E; Jeffrey Lyster; Allen Hunter; Paloma Udovic; Julie Carpenter; Heather Lockie & Ana Lenchantin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include four brief additional scenes and two music videos for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID3044EYDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
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(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 02/28/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Neils Alpert
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Story Synopsis:
Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, follows up his critically acclaimed album of 2005 with a concert performance titled Eels With Strings, backed by a seven-piece band consisting of a string quartet and two multi-instrumentalists juggling the likes of lap steel, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, musical saw, and pump organ. Recorded June 30th Live At New York

DVD Picture:
While the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture opens and is peppered with black-and-white imagery, the concert performance is presented in color. The picture can be very nicely rendered with accurate fleshtones, natural hues, and deep blacks. Depending on the source camera, shots can be nicely textured or softly focused. The stage lighting spots the stage with vibrant color. Minor distractions in the way of pixelization or shimmering details are noticed, but fans should not be disappointed with this DVD. (Suzanne Hodges)

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