Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Bought it, returned it...
Larry L. Looney | Austin, Texas USA | 09/06/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Jobim's music for years -- his songs contain so much beauty and emotion, and his influence is (deservedly) widespread. The problem I had with this DVD is that for some reason, he chose to sing the entire show in English -- and does so having to constantly refer to notes lying on his piano. I've long enjoyed listening to his songs sung in the original Portuguese -- I don't speak the language (I know only a few words), but that, to me, is part of the beauty of these songs (and other 'world music' as well). The native language of a song is part of the soul of the work -- when it's 'watered down' for American listeners it takes away so much from the original (at least for me).
The musicians are first-rate, the playing and arrangements are fine, and technically (picture and sound) the recording is first-rate. If the language issue isn't an important one to you, then I can recommend this DVD -- it was just too much of a 'deal-killer' for me."
All together now
Bruce London | 03/20/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You can't go wrong with the masterful performance of Jobim and his exceptional musicians and singers. And a svelte Gal Costa[1987 show in Los Angeles]! But, buy the Rio Nights dvd instead. It has a better film quality plus you get to have a terrific looking Sergio Mendes show up to tell ya how much he loves Jobim. On that we can all agree!"
Oh what a disappointment
E. W. D. De Leo | Mexico, D.F., D.F. Mexico | 04/16/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I own (and love) the laserdisc version (Rio Revisited), so when I saw this version in the store in the DVD format with 5.1 sound, I thought I was buying a sharper, improved product (image and sound). Well, guess again. The image is fuzzy (I believe my laserdisc offers a slightly crisper image) and the 5.1 sound turned out to be tinny.
I believe that the technology is out there to provide a better product. Take as an example the new James Bond dvds.
Anyway, if you own the laserdisc, stick with it. And lets wait for someone to do this one RIGHT!! Jobim deserves better!!!!"