Another in the "Music in High Places" series, this episode has singer Shawn Colvin venturing to Bora Bora to perform some of her most widely known work. For those unfamiliar with the series, the singer or group featured accompanies a camera crew to a beautiful, far-off location to not only perform their songs in the midst of some incredible scenery, but they also get a chance to learn about the culture of the area and visit with some of the locals (not to mention sneak up on her father to wish him a happy 70th birthday as he tries to tee off on one of the area's few golf courses).
The main success of the "MIHP" series continues here: the musician (in this case, Colvin) seems more relaxed and, as a result, the accoustic performances scattered throughout this program are natural and passionate. There's a real sense of fun watching Colvin settle into these incredibly beautiful surroundings and launch into one of her tunes. As for the touring segments, there's not a whole lot of insight into the history of the area (other "MIHP" titles have provided more), but Colvin's insight into her own life and music during these segments provide an enjoyable break from the music.
Songs: Polaroids, Private Universe, Anywhere You Go, Diamond in the Rough, Kill the Messenger, Tennessee, Nothing Like You, Catch the Wind, Sunny Came Home, Whole New You.
VIDEO: Image Entertainment presents "Shawn Colvin: Live in Bora Bora" in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. Despite the non-anamorphic presentation, the image quality throughout the show is nothing short of beautiful. The show's stunning scenery and majestic, gorgeous cinematography is presented superbly here, with fine detail clearly apparent and no softness visible.
The only fault present within this transfer was the occasional shimmering in some trees. Aside from that, no edge enhancement or other artifacts were present, resulting in a crystal-clear, smooth image. No print flaws (although this may have been shot on high-definition video) were seen, either. The stunning colors of the Bora Bora landscape were rendered superbly, with bright, rich colors that stood out strongly on this very nice transfer.
SOUND: Once again, Image Entertainment presents this "Music in High Places" episode with a very pleasant Dolby Digital 5.1 track that I'd certainly bet provides a more enjoyable and open audio experience than the original broadcast of the episode. Colvin's vocals clearly are presented by the front three speakers, with the sparse, accoustic instrumentals sharing space in the front mains quite nicely. The surrounds get only a little bit to do, but they do serve a couple of important tasks - not only do they provide pleasant, light reinforcement of the music on occasion, but they also provide a layer of very enjoyable ambience (the sound of the waves rolling in the surrounds during the first performance, for example). Audio quality is very enjoyable - this isn't a dynamic soundtrack, but its clarity, richness and detail make for an excellent listening experience.
EXTRAS: A "making of" featurette, additional location footage, promos and biography.
Final Thoughts: One of the better "Music in High Places" episodes, Shawn Colvin seems right at home in Bora Bora and provides a set of fine, highly entertaining performances. Image Entertainment's DVD edition provides excellent audio/video quality, along with a few decent extras. Recommended.