Ray Charles: Live At Montreux 1997 (Blu-ray) 2009 DTS-HD Master Audio

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The unforgettable Ray Charles swings and sings with the best of them in this finger-snapping live performance at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival.

The legend shows off his prodigious talents and wows the audience with such tunes as "I Don't Know," "Georgia on My Mind," "Mississippi Mud," "Busted," "You Made Me Love You," "Angelina," "Song for You," "Do It to Me Slow," "Shadows of My Mind," "People Will Say We're in Love" and more.  

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC, and granted a 1080i transfer Ray Charles – Live at Montreux arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The Blu-ray disc I hold in my hands boasts a very pleasing HD transfer of Ray Charles' last performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Excellent clarity and detail, top-notch contrast, and edge-enhancement-free presentation is what we have here. The color scheme is also solid. Blacks are deep and lush (even the far corners of the stage are incredibly well defined and convincing) as are the marquee blue-purple lights that lit up the stage. I looked closely to see whether or not I could detect any specific video deteriorations, specifically jaggies, but to be honest with you I could not spot anything worthy of discussing here. In fact, I am very impressed by the strong transfer Eagle Rock Entertainment have provided. During selected performances you could literally see every small detail from the glasses Ray Charles has on, the sweat coming down his face, etc. I did not detect any harsh macro-blocking patterns either. The picture quality appears consistent throughout the entire show and frankly I was not distracted by any detrimental side effects. This being said, the actual transfer is absolutely flawless – you will not spot any debris, specks, etc. To sum it all up this may not be a reference quality presentation but it is certainly a fine and deserving account of a memorable show. (Note: This is Blu-ray disc is Region-Free and therefore you will be able to play it in your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location). 

Three audio tracks are available on this Blu-ray release: DTS-HD Master 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, and LPCM. There really isn't much of a contest here as to what the best option is. I watched the entire show with the DTS-HD Master mix on and suffice to say I am simply thrilled with it. I know that by now you've probably read so many reviews where every other track is tagged reference quality and you surely are getting tired of hearing the same tune over and over again, but, take my words for granted, for a live show the audio treatment heard via the DTS-HD Master mix is indeed very pleasing. This being said, while watching the show pay close attention to how the producers have managed to capture the variety of different colors revealed by the brass section. I would not say that the balance between Ray Charles and his band is perfect but, again, for a live recording there are plenty of nuances here that will surely impress the knowledgeable audiophiles amongst you. A great example in support of the above statement is "Angelina" (which also happens to be one of my favorite songs). The DTS-HD Master mix does a spectacular job of capturing the low saxes (listen to those raspy yet gentle tunes the baritone produces) complimenting Ray Charles' emotional singing. For this song along Live at Montreux is worth every penny the distributors are asking. Finally, I certainly did not detect any drop-outs, hissing, or cracks. Everything appears to have been handled with the proper dose of attention and as far as I am concerned the final result is exactly what one wants to hear from a live show – balanced and convincing sound reproduction. I would like to quickly comment on the LPCM track as well as I have been paying very close attention to how stereo sound is utilized on music releases (I tend to believe that a perfectly mastered stereo mix has a lot to offer, especially to perfectionists). Unfortunately, there is little to benefit from with this specific track as the brass section is nowhere near as potent sounding as heard on the DTS-HD Master mix. The fidelity of sound in "Angelina" is also obviously inferior to that heard on the DTS-HD Master mix. The rich overtones are much harder to detect with color being far less impressive. 


Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080i

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1


English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0 (less) 





25GB Blu-ray Disc

Single disc (1 BD)


Region free 

UPC: 801213332397 

Live Concerts: LC074


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