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Paul Simon: Live In New York City [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Reviews

A stunning live performance by the legendary Paul Simon featuring performances of some of his most beloved and classic songs as well as newer selections from his critically acclaimed 2011 release, So Beautiful or So What.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Simon
  • Directors: Martyn Atkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: HEAR MUSIC
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UV1KIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
From my personal pre-ordering experience along with the postings on this title, apparently not much content information available. Just received Blu-ray and have scanned both the front and rear of the cover. They are 2 of the 4 current images for this title on Amazon's order page. Please click on the images to enlarge the song titles listings on the back cover.

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.
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Here's the blurb directly from Paul Simon's official site;

"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...
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Great program, great performances...and what a band! Be sure to notice all of the unusual instruments, and keep an eye out for the piano being played using mallets.

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!
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Format: Blu-ray
This is a fabulous concert it is a different take on some of the best and some of the more obscure songs in his catalog. It is kind of a full circle for his obvious love of world music this time the lens is filtered through Louisiana Bayou music with some of the most multi-talented musicians he's ever played with in my humble opinion. Special kudos to guitarist Mark Stewart who also plays various wind instruments. Again just a very enjoyable disc with good if not outstanding video. Despite others complaints about length (95 min.) and the more problematic lack of 5.1 surround sound in any format (2 channel stereo ONLY) I would still recommend this to anyone who values music and musicianship over technology. I gave this a 4 only because of the lack of surround sound options.
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This is one of my favorite concert Blu-Ray disc. I attended a concert by Mr. Simon and Sting last week and had a decent seat. Although I paid 10 times the cost of this Blu-ray for the live concert, I actually enjoy this Blu-ray disc 100 times more. (I do have a mid-fi setup at home). Even if this disc only has 2Ch. audio, it is loss-less and it's much tighter than what I experienced at the live concert.
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.
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