Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Live at Radio City (Blu-ray) 2007 DTS-HD Master Audio 96kHz 24 bit


In April 2007, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds embarked on a 3-city theatre tour, culminating with a performance in the intimate confines of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Due to the smaller sized venues and extremely limited number of dates, tickets were practically impossible to get, making this new 2 disc Blu-ray set all the more desirable to the huge Dave Matthews Band fanbase. Rovi Rating: 

LIVE AT RADIO CITY marks the first time in almost ten years that Dave and Tim have released an album. Their last album was the wildly successful, multi-platinum LIVE AT LUTHER COLLEGE. This is the first-ever Blu-ray Disc released by the duo. LIVE AT RADIO CITY features over 2 1/2 hours of music, capturing all 26 songs of Dave and Tim's performance. The performance includes numerous songs that have never been recorded by the two, including Crush, Grace Is Gone, Don t Drink The Water, Gravedigger and many more.

Live at Radio City comes to the Blu-ray format in a 1080p/VC-1 encoding at 24 fps framed in a 16x9 Widescreen 1:78:1 aspect ratio. It is rare to find a concert video shot progressively at this frame rate, so I was looking forward to seeing a difference from the standard interlaced fare. Spread out over a BD-50 disc, the video is a stunner from the first frame to the last. Most concerts I reviewed looked like high quality video, but not this one. This is the first presentation that looked like high quality judder free film. It is the most natural looking concert video I have ever seen. Captured with nine high definition cameras, the color reproduction is perfect as it accentuates the subtle but dramatic lighting in the hall. The lighting scheme washes the stage and hall with warm oranges and reds, and dramatic purples and blues, and it spilled out of my set like liquid crayons. Detail is excellent from the wide shots to the close shots; everything is rendered with dramatic clarity and razor sharp focus. There is no noise or compression artifacts found on this presentation. Blacks and contrast are sublime, with terrific shadow delineation. This is the best looking concert video I have ever reviewed bar none

When it comes to pushing the envelope on audio fidelity, this disc leads the charge. Featuring a terrific 24/96 kHz Dolby TrueHD encoding, this presentation gives new meaning to the word transparent. I just could not believe what I heard. It sounded like Reynolds and Matthews were in the same room as I was. Every reverberant cue of the hall, and subtle and striking resonance of the guitar strings were recorded with stunning realism. The sound of the two guitars, and piano (when played) was highly detailed, warm, full, and room filling. Every sound just hung into space completely free of the speaker locations, as if the speakers were not there at all. The front sound stage is huge, deep, and well focused creating a holosonic wall of sound at the listening seat. 

I compared the output of the PCM and codec's, and the results were pretty predictable. The PCM and TrueHD encodings sound surprisingly similar, with just a little loss of air on the PCM. As this is a front loaded mix with spare use of the surrounds so this is predictable outcome. The TrueHD encoding was a hair more enveloping thanks to the use of the surrounds at a very low level. The Dolby Digital encoding at 640kbps sounded like the sound stage was truncated in every direction, highs rolled off, with entire guitar transients smeared. It did not have the transient clarity and highly detailed sound of the other encodings. 

Video

Video codec: VC-1

Video resolution: 1080p

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (96kHz, 24-bit)

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (96kHz, 24-bit)

English: Dolby Digital 5.1

English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit) (less) 

Subtitles

English 

English (less) 

Discs

50GB Blu-ray Disc

Two-disc set (2 BDs)

Playback

Region A (locked)

1. Bartender

2. When The World Ends

3. Stay or Leave

4. Save Me

5. Crush

6. So Damn Lucky

7. Gravedigger

8. The Maker

9. Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)

10. Eh Hee

11. Betrayal

12. Out Of My Hands

13. Still Water

14. Don't Drink The Water

15. Oh

16. Cornbread

17. Crash Into Me

18. Down By The River

19. You Are My Sanity

20. Sister

21. Lie In Our Graves

22. Some Devil

23. Grace Is Gone

24. Dancing Nannies

25. #41

26. Two Step

Special Features

"So Damn Lucky" Documentary

High Definition photo montage

9-camera, HiDef shoot

Full 1080P24 HD resolution

16:9 Wide screen format

PCM Stereo Sound (48kHz/24bit)

Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround Sound (96kHz/24bit)

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (640 kbps

Actors: Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds 

Directors: Sam Erickson and Fenton Williams 

Format: Live, Color 

Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.) 

Number of discs: 2 

Rated: NR (Not Rated) 

Studio: Sony BMG 

DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007 

Run Time: 214 minutes

UPC:886971310092

Live Concerts: LC043

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