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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Sheryl Crow: C'Mon America 2003
Sheryl Crow: C'Mon America 2003
Universal // Unrated // December 9, 2003
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted December 14, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Sheryl Crow was one of the many artists who appeared in Martyn Atkins' 2001 IMAX documentary, "All Access". The documentary, which I went back to see countless times at the local IMAX theater, provided a prime example of how to film a concert movie - the interviews between songs were insightful, the camerawork was subtle and smooth and the editing was terrific. No stupid shaky-cams, no ridiculously long cuts to the audience. Even the quiet moments that Atkins captured during sound checks were given almost a lyrical, poetic tone. Unfortunately, "All Access" still hasn't been released on DVD.

It was a pleasant surprise to see his name listed in the opening credits for Sheryl Crow's "C'mon America" concert film. Captured live in Ohio in 2003, Atkins brings his signature style to Crow's performance and the result is a captivating, beautifully photographed two hours of Crow and her band at their best, going through hits both new and old.

Songs: Steve McQueen, There Goes the Neighborhood, Riverwide, My Favorite Mistake, C'Mon, C'Mon, The First Cut is the Deepest, Strong Enough, Redemption Day, If It Makes You Happy, Change Would Do You Good, Home, Weather Channel, Leaving Las Vegas, All I Wanna Do, Soak Up The Sun, Everyday is a Winding Road, You're An Original, Let's Cut Free, I Shall Believe, Safe and Sound, Rock and Roll.


The DVD

VIDEO: The concert is presented by A & M in 1.77:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. While it's unfortunate that the presentation is not anamorphic, I have to say that this ranks among the most dazzling non-anamorphic presentations I've ever had the pleasure of viewing. Sharpness and detail remained outstanding throughout the presentation, as the image boasted a level of clarity, detail and depth that was often jaw-dropping. The seemingly three-dimensional image frequently gave a feeling of being in the middle of the audience. This is a beautifully lit and very professionally filmed effort that translates marvelously to DVD.

Flaws? Well, there weren't many. A couple of minor traces of compression artifacts did nothing to take away from the overall impression. No edge enhancement or other faults were noticed. Stage lighting looked vivid and well-saturated on the presentation, coming through looking clean and crisp - never smeared or otherwise problematic. While it's too bad that this presentation isn't anamorphic, it was still quite amazing. What appeared to be a noticable layer change happened around the 1:25:00 mark.

SOUND: "C'Mon America" is presented in Dolby 2.0 and Dolby Digital 5.1. The Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation is tasteful and enjoyable, with the surrounds providing pleasant reinforcement of the instrumentals and crowd noise. The majority of the audio is delivered by the front speakers. I didn't mind the lack of surround involvement one bit, since the recording quality of this presentation was so top-notch, with the instrumentals and vocals not only coming through clearly and distinctly, but everything was also well-balanced. And again, the surrounds weren't completely out of the picture, either - they provided some nice reinforcement and added to the experience without distracting or drawing attention to themselves. Overall, a great experience.

EXTRAS: No supplements.

Final Thoughts: This was a terrific package all around - a superb concert that was exceptionally captured by Atkins and crew, presented on DVD with fantastic audio/video quality. Highly recommended.

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