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Steely Dan: Two Against Nature
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Review by Blake Kunisch | posted December 13, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie: Here is where the review of the movie should be, but since this really isn't a movie, but a following of the band Steely Dan as they record/play some new tracks from their new album Two Against Nature. The "Plush-TV Jazz-Rock party in sensuous surround sound" starts off with some interviews of people on the street as they talk about their first experience with Steely and then it jumps into the band playing at Sony Music Stages, New York. It's not a live concert (per se), so you don't really get the electricity inherent with concert DVDs, but since it is on a sound stage, the music is crystal clear and the video accompanying the music shows the band members.

The Picture: The picture is presented in 1.33:1 standard Video ratio, which is kind of a let-down, and there's really nothing special about the picture. The only positive points is that it is pretty clear throughout without any signs of pixelization or artifacting.

The Sound: The sound is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS which make this a very pleasant disc to listen to. The music really doesn't pack that punch you would expect though. I had expected great surrounds with the Dolby 5.1 and the DTS, but the music is quite plain, although clear, and just didn't impress me, or rather, it left me expecting more.

The Extras: There are absolutely no extras - whatever could have been an extra feature are in the DVD itself. Rather than just showing Steely Dan play the songs back to back to back, they instead intersperse the songs with interviews with the band members that could have been included as an extra, but wasn't.

Conclusion: For any fans of Steely Dan, this is a fun disc that should keep their interest, and even for those casual listeners to Steely Dan, the songs are great and the interviews with the band members give a little insight into their band, it's beginnings, the last 19 years, and more.

DVD Review by Blake Kunisch of Movielocity.com.

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