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It's important to continue my review with reassurance that this DVD/CD combo plays on BOTH of my U.S.-purchased U.S. manufactured Zenith DVD players (based in Illinois). One of them automatically switches to the PAL format when I put the DVD in it; the other one has a switch in the back that allows me to choose PAL vs. NTSC (the U.S. coding system).
Now that we have that cleared out of the way let me continue. The DVD gives you three different options of sound modes to choose from; you can select DTS (my recommendation), Dolby Digital (which I don't like very much), and Stereo (which keeps things easy if you don't have a surround sound 5.1 channel system hooked up).
Now, unless you have your technology backwards, if you choose the DTS format on a 5.1 Surround Sound system this DVD will blow you away. Hands down, this is the best quality album I've heard. So if you're having trouble you may have an old DVD player which doesn't support PAL formated DVDs or you don't have a surround sound system that has DTS capacity; note that if you have a non-PAL supportive TV then you won't get the visuals right either. The scanning of PAL vs. NTSC are at different rates; but you can choose from the menu to listen and turn OFF the video. The visual accompaniment is interesting, BUT NOT AT ALL IMPORTANT TO THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE OF HEARING THIS WORK.Read more ›
Some new tracks and a lot of favourites re-vamped, and lots of effects to take advantage of the DTS & 5.1 options, so it is what you would expect from this artist. If you are a fan then it's worthy addition to you collection... cheers from the land down under!!!!!
The 5.1 mix is very clear and defined, although it seems slightly too "busy"-- that is, the sound mix flies around and around in an attempt to (over)use every channel. A bit more restraint and inventive use of the rear channels might have produced a more interesting sound mix, in my opinion.
The lack of decent new material drops this down a "star" for me. Otherwise, a great compilation, wonderful background music.
NOTE - I purchased this on AMAZON and have used it on 2 DVD players AND an XBox-- it worked fine on all 3 systems.
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