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Smokey Joes Cafe The Songs Of Leiber & Stoller (Umbrella Entertainment/PAL Region 4/Four/DTS DVD Import)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: D     Concert: B



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Four/4 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.


Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are one of the greatest songwriting teams of all time. From Rock and Soul classics to standards, their music is some of the most important American Music of all time. In 1995, 40 of their songs were brought together and made into a Broadway stage musical named after one of their many classics. The result was a huge hit called Smokey Joes Cafe The Songs Of Leiber & Stoller, now on DVD with the original cast. This was their last performance before the show folded in its original run.


The great songs featured include:


Im A Woman

Hound Dog

Kansas City

Charlie Brown

Yakety Yak

Poison Ivy

Hound Dog

There Goes My Baby

Jailhouse Rock

Love Potion No. 9

Spanish Harlem

I (Who Have Nothing)



There are more, but you should discover those for yourself by seeing this superior DTS DVD release. My only complaint in something that cannot be avoided is that the Rock edge is sometimes compromised at times to make a given song fit into the Broadway Musical mode. But the duo were geniuses and this show reminds us about how important their music was, is and will always be.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot in High Definition video (likely 1080i) and looks pretty good and colorful throughout with limited aliasing errors, staircasing or minor errors. Being in PAL and not U.S. NTSC helps, but I can imagine this would look even better on Blu-ray. The DTS 5.1 mix is a pleasant surprise with only a few moments where the video is not optimal. The combination is very watchable and enjoyable. There are no extras.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import exclusively from Umbrella at:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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