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Swinging Bach
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 58 (Mar 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Bobby McFerrin, Gil Shaham & Adele Anthony, Jacques Loussier Trio, King

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID0678EIDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 12/11/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Helga Dubnyicsek
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Live from the Market Square in Leipzig, Germany, Swinging Bach is a wonderful celebration of classical music from Johann Sebastian Bach. Special performances by Bobby

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture is nicely rendered. Colors are rich and natural, with vibrant blue hues on stage, accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Images are sharp and nicely detailed. While the close-up shots give the viewer a you-are-there realism, shots of the stage and audience are smeared and undefined. Overall, the picture will definitely satisfy its target audience visually. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel mix should be a delight to experience, though classical music purists may object to the substantial surround presence (as well as the offbeat interpretations of Bach). Still, the sense of being enveloped within the midst of the live performances should be quite welcome, with a tasteful sense of spaciousness and immersion. The recording quality overall is impressive. There