Roy Orbison: Greatest Hits (DVD)
Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: B Film: B
When it comes to the
pioneers of rock music there are certainly names such as Elvis Presley, The
Beatles, and Buddy Holly. However, the
person that gets lost in the shuffle more than anyone is none other than Roy
Orbison. While Orbison may not have had
as many hits as some of the other artists revolutionizing the rock movement his
contributions were insurmountable.
While being notoriously known for the song ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’, Orbison
was responsible for some of the most beautiful epic love songs ever written
such as ‘Only the Lonely’, ‘In Dreams’, and ‘Dream Baby’.
This is not the first
collection of Orbison’s material on the DVD format as Roy Orbison: Black and
White Night (reviewed on this site) featured Orbison with some of the most
talented musicians of that time to put on a concert shot in black and
white. This is still one of the best
concert DVD’s to date! As a matter of
fact presented on this Greatest Hits DVD from Eagle Vision are sections from
that concert and compiled here with other live performances that are taken
during different stages of Orbison’s long and prosperous career.
The live concert material
gathered for this ranges from good to fair in terms of picture quality. Most of this is full-frame with the best
sections being the ones taken from Black and White Night. The interview segments are presented in
16X9, while the rest is full-frame.
Considering the source material this is not bad, but nothing to brag
about or demonstrate. Even the audio is
slightly disappointing at times especially when compared to that material from Black
and White Night. The fullness and
range of the mix is very limited and front-heavy. Although this is a 5.1 mix, which does give more depth and
dimension (as you can compare for yourself during the mono to 5.1 comparison
segment) you will notice an improvement, but there are still holes in the mix
that leave the song hollow.
One further test is by
going to the music videos, which like the entire DVD, play in DTS 5.1, Dolby
Digital 5.1, or Dolby Stereo. This is
the best place to demonstrate the fullness that is lost as you can surely hear
in the music videos when played back in DTS 5.1 the amazing results of an
engulfing mix. The two music videos
include ‘Crying’ with k.d. lang and ‘She’s a Mystery to Me’. Rarely do we get the chance to experience
music videos in multi-channel, but with results like this its apparent that we
must or else we (upon getting material like this) be disappointed by anything
less than this. Even by comparing the
sections from Black and White Night on here to the actual DVD of that
concert you can hear some compression going on with the mix here despite both
of them being available with DTS 5.1 mixes. Perhaps the use of other material
and extras on this disc compromised some of the fullness of the Image
Entertainment DVD for Black and White Night.
Go, Go, Go (Down the Line)
Only The Lonely
That Lovin’ You Feelin’
You Got It
Oh, Pretty Woman
What is different about
this collection of material vs. that of Black and White Night is that
this offers interview sections that are placed in between songs as Orbison
offers some comments about each song either before or after the song. This interview material was most likely
filmed during the late 70’s or early 80’s.
Not only go we receive 13 live performances, but there are also two
music videos as well as an electronic press kit and audio comparisons to
demonstrate the work done to remix for 5.1.
This DVD acts more like a documentary with sporadic moments of live
songs, where Black and White Night was strictly a concert. Both are great in their own right and are a
must own for any true Orbison follower.
- Nate Goss