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James Last - A World Of Music


Picture: C     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Main Concert: C



The best way to describe conductor/showman James Last is to imagine a German Lawrence Welk with a much larger budget, and no bubble machine.  If you think that sounds bizarre, then you just “have” to hear the concert contained on the DVD of A World of Music.  The man obviously has a big following, and it looks like a German family love-in kind of thing.


It is enough to see him make elevator music out of ABBA hits (which many would say is music halfway there to begin with) like “Mamma Mia,” “Fernando,” “Gimme, Gimme Gimme,” “Dancing Queen,” and “S.O.S.”  Add polka tunes and “revisions” of Rock classics like “Rock Around The Clock,” “See You Later, Alligator,” “Doo Wah Ditty,” and even “Lean On Me,” then you get one of the most unreal concert experiences that will ever be issued on any video format.


The anamorphcially-enhanced 16 x 9 widescreen TV image is average, with colors consistent & definition acceptable.  The sound is offered in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital AC-3 5.1, and DTS, all of which are not bad, but the clearer the sound, the bigger the torture!


There is also an extensive behind-the-scenes documentary in the same screen ratio, if you have not had enough of this, but a little of this goes a long way.  This is strictly an acquired taste.  PBS actually broadcast this (and they wonder why they are having fund-raising troubles,) but at least this program does not intentionally degrade the audience or home viewer.  However, 100 minutes total is more than enough, but you might get a few unintended laughs... if you survive!



- Nicholas Sheffo


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