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Tom Jones: Live At Cardiff Castle
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 83 (Apr 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Tom Jones And His Band

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a 21-minute interview segment with Tom Jones, a photo montage, and a discography that spans the decades.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID2166WIDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): TBA
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Emyr Afan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
DVD has been postponed. Originally scheduled for release February 24, 2004.

Story Synopsis:
Tom Jones performs an exciting concert "Live At Cardiff Castle." Recorded over a three-night weekend, the concert covers some of his own music from over the past 37 years, as well as the music of other renowned recording artists, including INXS (

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD, framed at 1.78:1, exhibits image quality that varies, depending on the source camera used during the concert. At times, the footage of Jones and his band can be nicely rendered, with vibrant colors and deep black backgrounds. Other shots appear blurry or downright smeared, especially those of the audience. Some aliasing problems are noticed, as well as noise and edge halos. Much of what makes this picture unappealing for home theatre demonstration is related to the source element, but fans of Tom Jones are likely to grab this DVD just for the music; and, therefore, should be satisfied. (Suzanne Hodges)

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