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Paul Simon: Live In New York City [Blu-ray] (2012)

Paul Simon , Martyn Atkins  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008UV1KIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hope this helps September 18, 2012
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...

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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NO DTS HD MA 5.1 AUDIO OPTION! September 18, 2012
By Lou
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothin' but net! March 3, 2013
By Gymrome
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous concert & musicianship! December 15, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great images, standard audio November 20, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The images are great (Full HD) but the sound is only 2 channel stereo, not the expected for a Blu ray
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Effort November 5, 2012
By Gtekie
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've been a Paul Simon fan since the sixties. I found this concert only lacking a multi channel choice. Stereo only, that being said, the sound stage was very good but lacking the ambiance that Dolby Digital or DTS can provide.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor sound quality October 30, 2012
By winefix
no surround sound on a blu ray- seriously !!! could have been a great concert for the collection, instead it sounds like a VHS tape with a better picture.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Question # 2 - Also not review September 12, 2012
I also question the "Here Comes The Sun" omission, but I also question also deleting "Mystery Train", "Wheels" and "Peace Like a River" which were included in the PBS DVD version of this same show. During this tour Paul also played some other unbelievably great stuff - Jimmy Cliff's "Vietnam", Bo Diddley's "Pretty Thing" and the first single from his then new CD "Getting Ready for Christmas Day" - all of this stuff would make for great bonus material.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent performance which demonstrates Paul Simon's talents in...
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 DVD
Published 1 month ago by Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon: Live In New York City [Blu-ray]
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 4 months ago by Newrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than watching it live
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. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sam Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen.
Different takes on some old favorites, backed by a smokin band. I wish it were longer, but I'll take it.
Published 6 months ago by David R Beemer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best concert videos that I've seen
The song selection, arrangements, performances, and filming make for one of the strongest concert DVDs that I've ever seen. I watch it more than any other concert video.
Published 9 months ago by Richard D. Price
2.0 out of 5 stars Unable to watch due to sound quality
I was of course anxiously awaiting my order. THEN, it was such a disappointment I couldn't finish the concert. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Richard Skala
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing musicianship!
Love this concert, one star missing because it is only in stereo. I have tried different settings on my Onkyo receiver and in THX music it sounds pretty good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. J. Van Dongen
5.0 out of 5 stars Spensers dad,
Everything I expected. I love Paul Simon's writing ability. I am 53 years old and very nostalgic. These songs bring a lot of warm memories.from years gone by. Thank you Paul Simon.
Published 16 months ago by Spensers dad
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this!
I understand that there are issues with this disc as far as sound and song omissions go. But I believe that in a few years, as Paul gets into his mid and late 70's and eventually... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Besokool
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Simon concert in New York City in 2012.
This is a very enjoyable concert with great rhythms delivered by a band of very versatile, multi-talented musicians, headed by Paul Simon himself. Read more
Published 18 months ago by paul fay
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