Paul Simon: Live In New York City [Blu-ray]
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From just a quick view of a couple of the different songs, the video is 1080/24P MPEG-4 AVC encoded but appears slightly oversaturated in color, with an overall "soft" image and a fair amount of black level clipping (Panasonic 65" 3D Plasma properly adjusted) particularly in the backgrounds most likely from the low light levels the concert was recorded in. Most surprising for a Blu-ray title though, it appears the only audio choice is 2 Channel (stereo) LPCM! No 5.1 lossless codecs in either DTS Master Audio or Dolby True HD. Has to be a first in my entire collection of concert Blu-rays. Sounds fine but...
Hope this helps others like myself who may have questions concerning whether to add this title to your own collection.
"recorded in superb high-definition by director Martyn Atkins along with sterling audio mixed by Phil Ramone and Andy Smith, will be available in three formats: 2-CD/1-DVD special package, Blu-ray and Standard DVD"
If it is so sterling then why cheat Blu Ray fans out of a lossless surround option? - a terribly wasted opportunity - great performances, great band, great songs - the stereo only PCM 2.0 24/48 stream belongs on DVD - NOT Blu Ray. A very disappointed Simon fan - what coulda' been...
The program covers material from Paul's, Simon and Garfunkle days, right up to his latest album release. But, if you're expecting 'cookie cutter' arrangements of these old songs, you'll have to look elsewhere. The new instrumentation and aggangements here, make these great old songs brand new again, and better than ever.
It's difficult for me to believe that Paul Simon is in his 7th decade ( I recall his 'Old Friends' lyrics: '... how terribly strange to be seventy ...'), he's never performed better and the band is as tight as a drum. NOTHIN' BUT NET!
Others in this forum, complained about sound quality. Here's what I heard:
DVD sound is crisp and clean but imaging was only narrow stereo, almost monophonic. My video system still uses a Dolby Matrix surround system, circa 1980's. With this DVD, my rear channels produced low level ambient sounds, only. Normally, with stereo or 5.1 surround programs, the rear signals are strong and quite effective...I rather like the effect. However, that effect was almost non existent with this DVD. In fact, I actually thought the sound was monophonic... even with my usual 7 foot seperation between speakers.
CD sound was warmer and less detailed. I think CD sound engineering might have been hurried, however, the stereo sound stage and imaging was far better on the CD than on the DVD.
Overall, I'd give both the CD sound and the DVD sound 2 1/2 stars each, but for different reasons. Nevertheless, both get 5 stars for music, performance and enjoyment.
I listened to the CD's before I watched the DVD, That was a mistake. While I enjoyed the music only program, I look forward to listening again. Now that I watched the singer and the band perform, I'll truly appreciate what I'll be hearing!
I was a little disappointed at the beginning when I realized that there's no 5.1 audio mix on the disc.However, I have realized that I do enjoy the sound as much as any other blue-ray concert disc. (Just crank it up a little :-)
The visuals are great and we get to see what each band-member is doing during the performance, which is hard to do in a live concert setting.
As many folks have already mentioned, the band is in great form and Mr Simon seems to be enjoying himself during the show. I'll be playing this disc many times over to enjoy one of my favorite artist.
If you are on the fence, just go ahead and order it, crank it up and enjoy the great performance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Totally enjoyable, great to watch and listen to this talented musicianPublished 7 months ago by Renee Brock
Paul Simon and his musicians are fantastic in this concert. I really loved.Published 15 months ago by Sergio Alcaires Mendes
Great DVD...Too bad the sync is out!!! some shots seem to be in sync but most are J U S T out...very annoying to a musician... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Edward W. Mccarthy
An excellent performance which demonstrates Paul Simon's talents in both writing and performing a wide range of music and musical styles. Well worth the costs of the DVDPublished 22 months ago by Charles
If you enjoy Paul Simon, and have never seen him in person, (or if so, not in the nose bleed section) this is as close as you'll ever get. Personally, I love it.Published on April 3, 2014 by Newrider