Tom Davis | Nashville, TN USA | 09/24/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although this is a fine piece of work in general, the advertised 5.1 mix is simply not true. A true 5.1 mix has a wide spatial feel with different sound eliments coming out of the several speakers. This 5.1 mix is an obvious afterthough. The center channel is no more than a mono sum of the left and right channels, and the rear channels are some sort of mish mosh of the stereo mix with some ambience in it. There are also some really odd low frequency artifacts in the rear channels during the dialog and interview segments, due to some sort of unacceptable processing to fool the listener (and buyer) into thinking he is listening to a real 5.1 mix.I can guarantee that this was a poor marketing decision and not what the remix engineer delivered. I know this because I was the remix engineer, and I was asked to deliver the stereo only mix that was originally done for the broadcast and pay-per-view version.I encourage buyers to take up issue with DVD distributors who continue to market such poor quality.Tom Davis
SeisMic Sound, Inc.
It really was great, wasn't it?
C. Ebeling | PA USA | 03/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lilith Fair was quite the enterprise. Were it not for what must be endless copyright issues and contracts issues that would arise, the moving music festival that brought us almost all of the best contemporary female singer songwriters during the summers of 1997 - 1999 could spawn a hundred different documentaries and concert tapes. What we are left with instead, is this one DVD, which is a flavorful but in no way complete sampling of the minds and music that made for the unprecedented, bold and successful venture known as Lilith. The interviews and performances are largely taken from two of Lilith's stops during that first summer. As someone fortunate to be at one of them, I can say that this rekindles special memories. It is interesting to see what was going on backstage while we sat out front. Parts of this DVD were excised for an hour-long VH1 special that was peppered with commercials; that in no way is a replacement for this commercial-free, sustained work. Lilith Fair was an important experience and excellent entertainment. This DVD shares the sparks. Get them back if you were there, and if you weren't, get the DVD and find out why I'm tripping over my sentences trying to come up with appropriate praise."
Excellent concert, mediocre concert DVD
Andrew Chen | CA United States | 02/09/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While it isn't possible to condense all of Lilith Fair onto one DVD, I really wish this disc showed a wider range of performers. Not that Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Indigo Girls, Meredith Brooks, Shwawn Colvin, and Sheryl Crow didn't give great (multiple) performances on this disc, but one of the things I enjoyed about Lilith was the sheer number of musicians, both multi-platinum and indie. Even a passing word of the existance of some of these other artists would have been nice.The audio quality (at least on my 2-channel system) is excellent. Unfortunately, the video suffers from very visible compression artifacting in several places.Overall, I think this DVD is too little, too late. It feels like more of a last-ditch attempt to profit off the Fair than an attempt to preseve it."
Christopher Yong | Singapore | 07/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I totally agree with Gregory Sargent's review. The 5.1 surround sound mix is terrible, I thought my left speaker blew when I first watched it but it turned out to be the DVD. The 2 channel stereo has the best sound.
The DVD is awesome, and I totally loved "The Water is Wide" performance. simple beautiful.
Totally recommend it.
PS. Don't you think that Jewel seemed to be pissed with Sarah M during the song? Did you notice the body language? And they did not give each other hugs after."