05/31/2016  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Roots Premiere: Why It Was the Right Time for a Remake ...
Josh Duhamel Celebrates Memorial Day by Helping Veteran...
'Nashville': 12 Best Music Moments From TV Series ...
The Voice Finale: Alisan Porter Wins Season 10 ...
Pink's Hairstylist on Her Billboard Music Awards Look...
Adele's Send My Love to Your New Lover video: Director ...
Bryan Cranston Mesmerizes as LBJ in HBO's 'All the Way'...
Kristin Chenoweth takes on a different kind of role ...
Survivor: Kaoh Rong: And the winner is... ...
Ghostbusters Are Desperately Trying to Save New York Ci...





Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Image Entertainment presents
Paul McCartney: Live At The Cavern Club (2001)

"Well, I - hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on. See, with this band, if we just don't get it right, we start again. And that's what we're gonna do. 1, 2, a 1, 2, 3, 4! Well I always knew/I was just crazy for you - "
- Paul McCartney

Review By: Daniel Hirshleifer   
Published: July 09, 2001

Stars: Paul McCartney
Other Stars: David Gilmour, Ian Paice, Mick Green, Pete Wingfield
Director: Geoff Wonfor

Manufacturer: Wamo
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (no objectionable content)
Run Time: 00h:45m:56s
Release Date: June 19, 2001
UPC: 014381038422
Genre: rock


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
C- AAA- B+

DVD Review

Paul McCartney's first project after the death of his wife Linda was an album entitled Run Devil Run. A collection of oldies rock songs and new songs written in the same style, the album was a way for McCartney to get loose and play like he used to. While promoting the album, McCartney decided to play at the Cavern Club, where The Beatles played nearly four decades earlier. So, on December 14th, 1999, Paul McCartney and his supporting band, including Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, played for 300 people at the Cavern Club, while thousands of others watched via the internet.

A covers album was a particularly good idea on McCartney's part. As it is, McCartney's solo career has been exceedingly spotty. Even his very best albums, such as McCartney, Band On The Run, and Tug of War, have their share of filler tracks and cheesy songs which sounded dated at the time of their original release. A covers album allowed McCartney to choose a collection of songs free of filler or cheesiness, and the few original songs on the album are so good that they sometimes sound better than the classics presented. Add to this the fact that McCartney has a real affection for every song here, and you get a fantastic set of songs, performed energetically and lovingly by a man who has deservedly earned his place in rock history.

The performances on Live At The Cavern Club are spectacular. McCartney in particular is in fine form, rocking out with abandon, and taking the time to trade banter with the audience (pay attention to a heckler in the crowd, he's related to Paul!). The fact that the Cavern Club is so small gives the whole thing an intimate atmosphere, making the performances seem all the more lively, because the performers are so close to us and the real audience. David Gilmour and Mick Green play their guitars with energy. It's nice to see Gilmour doing something other than trying to recapture the fame and success he had when Pink Floyd was still an innovative band (That's what you get for dumping Roger Waters, Dave!).

I do have to say that the directing here is terrible. Most of it contains fast cuts from person to person. The only time we see any shots of the whole band is when McCartney is talking in between songs. And the director has a penchant for showing other people when Gilmour or Green are doing guitar solos. Too often did I hear an amazing guitar line from Gilmour without being able to see him playing it. This isn't Stop Making Sense, this is just Paul McCartney laying down some Rock 'n' Roll. We don't need to see this overinflated sense of style—just play it straight and simple. I want to see the guitarist when they take a lead, and I want to see the whole band playing together. I didn't get a sense of connection between the band members from the visuals, although I could hear it in the music.

Too often while watching something McCartney has done in his career have I found myself wincing in embarrassment for him. I'm glad to say that through the entire running length of Live At The Cavern Club, I had a huge smile on my face. And that's something Paul McCartney hasn't given me for a long time. Here's hoping he continues in this sort of laid back vein, as opposed to trying to do something ambitious. It worked for Sgt. Pepper, Paul, but don't push it.

Rating for Style: C-
Rating for Substance: A

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.78:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: This looks good. No grain, no dust, no artifacts. Colors are nice and vibrant. Also, it's anamorphically enhanced at 1.78:1. Considering the way it looks, I'd say it was shot at that aspect ratio and not matted later. With such a great transfer, it's a shame it's directed so poorly.

Image Transfer Grade: A

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishyes
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishyes
DTSEnglishyes


Audio Transfer Review: Not one, but two 5.1 mixes. Not bad. First we have the Dolby Digital mix. This is a pretty good mix. The rears are used mostly for audience noise, but during the songs they're used to create faint echoes. The songs are loud and powerful; Paul's bass is especially audible. But as good as the Dolby Digital mix is, the DTS mix is noticeably better. It creates a much wider and expansive soundfield. The music also sounds clearer than on the Dolby Digital mix. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between Dolby Digital and DTS, but in this case, the DTS mix wins hands down. We also get a stereo mix for those of you without surround sound.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 13 cues and remote access
Music/Song Access with 10 cues
Cast and Crew Biographies
2 Documentaries
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: RSDL
Layers Switch: Unknown

Extra Extras:
  1. Music videos for Brown Eyed Handsome Man and No Other Baby
Extras Review: Put together, the extras run just about as long as the length of the show. The two biggest extras are a 17-minute interview with McCartney and a 22-minute promotional video for the Run Devil Run album. Beware, almost all of the information in the interview is also in the promotional video. Considering that McCartney has dealt with journalists for decades, he has set answers ready for a host of questions. So the interviewer gets almost no information he couldn't have from watching the promo video.

We also get two music videos. The video for Brown Eyed Handsome Man is downright embarrassing. Don't watch it, please. The video for No Other Baby is more stylish, and is a better song anyway. We get very brief bios of the band members, and a short history of the Cavern Club (which reads more like a brochure than a history). All in all, I spent a lot of time with the extras, and came away with a lot of information.

Extras Grade: B+

 

Final Comments

While not an in-concert masterpiece, Live At The Cavern Club is a good way to see Paul McCartney playing a great set of tunes with a talented band. If you're a McCartney fan, you have to pick this up.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

television, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, movie, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, nashville, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, music, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, hbo, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked, survivor: kaoh-rong, reality, michelle fitzgerald, aubry, tai, jeff probst, comedy remake, ghostbusters, melissa mccarthy, kristen wiig, kate mckinnon, leslie jones, beach boys, pet sounds, brian wilson, bob dylan, blonde on blonde, cannes film festival, selena gomez, beyonce, crazy in love, lemonade, sorry, donÕt hurt yourself, daddy lessons, dancing with the stars, nyle dimarco, bruno tonioli, carrie ann inaba, len goodman, live! with kelly and michael, kelly ripa michael strahan, beyoncˇ, jay z, rachel roy, cheating, prince, little red corvette, purple rain, linus and lucy, the bourne supremacy, the bourne ultimatum, matt damon, alicia vikander, vincent cassel, tommy lee jones, julia stiles, paul greengrass, game of thrones, sansa, ramsay bolton, theron greyjoy, reek, petyr baelish, cersei, jaime, stephen colbert, hillary clinton, carnegie deli, the late show with stepen colbert, jungle book, disney, neel sethi, bill murray, rudyard kipling, captain america: civil war, captain america, iron man, black panther, scarlet witch, the jungle book, virtual productions, avatar, gravity, jon favreau, fantasy, james cameron, avatar sequels, avatar 2, christmas 2018, movies, tribeca film festival, the first monday in may, andrew rossi, justin bieber, anna wintour, met gala, 38 interactive and virtual-reality exhibits, the bomb, the meddler, j.j. abrams, chris rock, tom hanks, john oliver, elvis & nixon, mtv movie awards, dwayne johnson, kevin hart, warner bros. studios, will smith, suicide squad, jared leto, margot robbie, cara delevingne, kiss, freedom to rock, 35 date tour, july 7, caleb johnson, dead daisies, kiss online, merle haggard, died, okie from muskogee, sing me back, mama tried, the bakersfield sound, country music. willie nelson, waylon jennings, gram parsons, eric church, hungry eyes, jimmy fallon, the boss, brand new key, x gonna give it to ya

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store