One of the appealing aspects of reviewing DVDs is coming across discs that aren't movies or shows such as "Smooth Jazz And Art." The disc isn't the type of entertainment in which you can plop down on the couch, eat junk food and watch. It's an artistic piece which can be both rewarding and tiresome.
"Smooth Jazz And Art" is a collection of songs (titles not given) played over images (both by Paul "Sequence" Ferguson) of birds, trees, fish, flowers, sunsets, sky, bees, dogs, buffalo, rivers, polar bears, and even random images of Paul doing martial arts. It's basically like a musical screen saver that shows off everyday natural wonders. The music and pictures are both mellow and relaxing. Paul's music mainly consists of light piano, drum, and guitar playing. Every once in awhile female vocals and Barry White like vocals by Paul appear here and there. As soothing as the music may be, the tracks tend to sound the same with a few exceptions like track 6 (which is a bit more up tempo). Additionally, the music often comes off as a bit too 80's with hints of a late night Showtime movie or Elevator music.
The pictures are both in widescreen and in fullscreen as the camera zooms in (and out) of the photographs. As for the quality of the pictures, they are mostly crystal clear and appear extremely detailed on screen. You can see every drop of rain on a leaf and every feather on the various species of birds.
The audio specs were not given. The music tracks, however, sound clear and perfectly leveled.
Unless you include the CD that comes with the DVD, there are no extras.
"Smooth Jazz And Art" is a repetitive, but relaxing DVD to put on for background noise while you're on the computer, doing chores, doing homework, etc. Worth a rent.
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