The Corrs: Unplugged Review

Colin Polonowski has reviewed the Region 2 DVD release of The Corrs: Unplugged

Being a fan of The Corrs, I was really looking forward to this new release featuring their popular MTV Unplugged session first broadcast last year. I was tempted by the video and I bought the CD, but I knew all along than the only format that could really do this performance justice was DVD.

Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait too long and I can confirm that the disc more than makes up for the fact that you could have seen the session on MTV more than once, or even bought the video and watched that to death!

The Corrs: Unplugged features 15 tracks – Only When I Sleep, What Can I Do, Radio, Toss The Feathers, Everybody Hurts, Dreams, Runaway, Forgiven Not Forgotten, At Your Side, Little Wing, No Frontiers, Queen Of Hollywood, Old Town, Lough Erin Shore and So Young. The CD only features 14 of these tracks (Dreams being the one that is missing) while according the the press blurb, the DVD also features more than the MTV showing so we’re not getting to bad a deal.

Right, lets have a look at the disc!

First and foremost is the sound. We’re not left wanting and the disc features two English soundtracks, one 2 channel uncompressed PCM and the other is a remixed Dolby Digital 5.0 effort which really does bring the music to life. While the 2 channel track will undoubtedly please the audiophiles among you with its faithful reproduction of the original recording, the 5.0 track places the viewer/listener right in the middle of the performance and it really is quite enveloping. In fact, I believe this could be one of the best sounding 5.0 remixes I’ve heard so far.

Usually we expect music releases to fair less well in the picture quality department. The first Corrs DVD was pretty good but suffered from compression artifacts and occasional blockyness. Unplugged, however features a pin-sharp 16:9 Anamorphic PAL transfer. There are moments where the picture is not quite perfect but this is the best I’ve personally seen on a music DVD so far.

Unfortunately, extras wise this release isn’t so great. All we have is a photo gallery – and to be completely honest you get far better pictures by pausing the playback during the main feature! All in all, the photo gallery is pretty redundant in my opinion. As with all good music releases, the subtitles could really be considered as being extras as they contain the full lyrics to each song – great for Karaoke nights!

As always, music DVDs really only appeal to fans of the particular group/singer featured and this one is no different. If you don’t like The Corrs your not going to find much here apart from some (very) pretty pictures. If you are a fan then this disc really is worth getting hold of.

Is it worth it if you already have the video? Well, I suppose that’s a stupid question really! Of course it is – the near-perfect picture and CD quality soundtrack make this disc worth the extra. If you own the CD then not only will you benefit from the 5 channel soundtrack and the addition of video footage, you’ll also get an extra track thrown in!

Well worth getting hold of if the content is your “cup of tea”!

Colin Polonowski

Updated: Feb 27, 1999

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