Roy Orbison: Black & White Night [Blu-ray]
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Presented on Blu-Ray for the first time, a special one-time event documenting one of rock and roll's greatest and most unique performances. Recorded live at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, Roy Orbison is joined by an eclectic ensemble of rock and roll superstars. Highlighting this all-star line-up are Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett, J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits. Orbison and fellow performers spend a scintillating hour performing many of his greatest hits.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 4 minutes
- Release date : September 30, 2008
- Actors : Roy Orbison, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang
- Producers : Albert Spevak, Barbara Orbison, Stephanie Bennett
- Studio : IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
- ASIN : B0017XFP4U
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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If you like Roy Orbison, you will like this. Are you a fan of Bruce Springsteen? He's there, as is Jennifer Warnes - many other really outstanding musicians. If you are not familiar with Orbison, know that he was very influential in the early days of rock, as many of the people you may have heard of, such as McCartney, Springsteen, etc. cite him as an influence.
If nothing else, it is fun to watch the interaction of the people on stage - you can tell they really enjoyed what they were doing. Highly recommended!!
I remember watching this concert back in 1988 on Cinemax. It was simulcast in stereo on FM radio stations around the country. Many of us had just upgraded to stereo TV, but most cable companies had not yet converted to the new TV stereo system. So the FM stereo simulcast was a nice touch. But now I have it in 1080i and 5.1 surround.
This video is advertised on Amazon as being PAL TV mode. It says on the label that it is made in the EU. But it is Region Free and plays perfectly in my Region A/1 NTSC BluRay player. So buy it and enjoy.
Roy and his friends...... Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, JD Souther, Steven Soles, Bonnie Raitt, KD Lang, Jennifer Warnes, and a few other top musicians, decided to get together at the Coconut Grove Ambassador Hotel in L.A. and jam for an HBO Productions special called, "Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black And White Night. And boy did they put on a show. The room at Coconut Grove is big but not huge. The band and the audience were not far from each other. It was aired on Cinemax.
Yes it is in B&W but the 1080i HD 16:9 widescreen picture is as sharp as it can get, even for black and white. Yes I said 1080i and not 1080p. Don't know why, but I don't care. You can see dust floating around the room on close-ups. I even noticed a few tiny sprays of moisture from their mouths as they sang.
The soundtrack is offered in PCM 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround. All three are fantastic but I always prefer the DTS HD MA 5.1 tracks on everything. Better dynamic range and 100% uncompressed. The DTS tracks are superb. They make very good use of the rear surround channels on this disc. They are not just for audience reaction or echo effect. All 5 channels are active with different instruments. The girls singing in the background, as well as some guitars and all strings and horns of the orchestra, are heard on the back channels with rear left to right separation. The sound is audiophile clean and wide ranged.
The song "Blue Bayou' was not included in the original airing of the show due to time constraints. And the songs "Claudette" and "Blue Angel" were not included before now. But all 3 songs are added to this BluRay release. The nice part is that everyone in the band looks so happy and are enjoying making this concert. Roy himself is so professional. We all know he is blind, but he moves around the stage and looks at each person he is near as if he sees them.
Roy Orbison may be gone now, but his music will live on forever, and so will Roy as one of the best songwriters and musicians from his time. R.I.P. old friend. We won't forget you. Ooby Dooby.
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Today, I cannot believe T-Bone Burnett, the producer, could gather Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, nor backing singers k.d. Laing, Bonnie Raitt or Jennifer Warnes. The queue to play with him was b enormous. His credentials were endorsed by his inclusion in the 'Travelling Willberies', a select combination. I believe it was Jeff Lynne who wanted him as well as Dylan. This film is the ultimate example of a star at a peak. Many thought he may be over his best days. This quashes those ideas. His renditions of 'Only the Lonely', 'Running scared', 'In Dreams',' Crying', Springsteen's 'The Comedians' and 'Claudette' demonstrate his perfect tenor delivery with an imperceptible change to his characteristic falsetto. Roy Orbison can bring emotion and tears to the eyes of anyone. This performance is perfect with a live audience that are appreciative. This should be in every home. His unique, consummate professional style has no rivals.
Absolutely brilliant. Every time I play this, or any of his music, I am amazed at the ability and extensive range of the man. No one has ever come near to his vocal performances. Wonderful.
The concert is a complete one off with a stellar crew of musicians all playing well together with obvious enjoyment. A complete must for anyone that likes Roy Orbison.
On the night in question was in the fall of 1987, the Coconut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles . This alone makes the recording historic hotel ( most famous for being where Robert Kennedy was assassinated ) closed soon after and is now threatened with demolition. It is a masterpiece of Art Deco , which has often been used in movies you 've probably seen many times without realizing it. But back to the music ... one reason it's so good is that an incredible array of talent such is willing to relegate to support artists for the star you have come to honor. Bruce Springsteen , Elvis Costello and others. The great James Burton lends his guitar skills to the mix and make as much as anyone to make this an unforgettable performance .
This is a first line , recording classic, the sales of which proved to be the largest ever funding funds for PBS ( Public Service ) television in the U.S. . It is a piece of rock history that no serious fan should miss.
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