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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Sarah McLachlan: VH-1 Storytellers (Extended Cut)
Sarah McLachlan: VH-1 Storytellers (Extended Cut)
Image // Unrated // January 13, 2003
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 8, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

This is an extended version of Sarah McLachlan's VH-1 Storytellers performance, complete with performances of Good Enough, Building a Mystery, Ice Cream, Sweet Surrender, Hold On, Elsewhere, Possession, Witness*, Angel*. An excellent performance in an intimate venue, McLachlan also answers questions from the audience and discusses her inspirations for many of her songs in-between tunes.

* - Witness and Angel are bonus tracks here, apparently cut for time from the original broadcast.


The DVD

VIDEO: The performance is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame. Clarity and detail are not outstanding, but they're certainly not bad, either, as the concert maintained a consistently above-average level of definition. A few little instances of shimmer did take away from the presentation, but was really hardly a distraction. No compression artifacts were noticed, no edge enhancement was seen, and the somewhat limited color palette seemed accurately rendered.

SOUND: This performance is presented with both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 options, as well as a 2.0 soundtrack for those who do not have a home theater set-up. The sound mix does reflect the mood and the venue, really keeping towards the front speakers; the surrounds are only called upon for light reinforcement and some crowd ambience. However, this certainly isn't a negative comment - it works wonderfully for the presentation. The element that helps the presentation quite a bit is how wonderfully the front soundstage is handled. Wide, distinct and full, the instrumentals are captured so distinctly as to be impressive, while McLachlan's crystal clear vocals are anchored in the center speaker.

Both the Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks delivered well, each offering an impressive level of clarity and detail. However, the DTS option edged forward, presenting the instrumentals with a somewhat greater degree of warmth. The DTS soundtrack also seemed to be a bit more dynamic and open.

EXTRAS: The only extra is a "music only" option, which just shows the songs and no in-between discussion.

Final Thoughts: McLachlan offers passionate, very enjoyable performances of some of her biggest hits during this 41-minute performance. Image's DVD is thin on supplements, but does offer very good video quality and excellent sound quality. Recommended for fans.

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