The Grammy Award winning group Los Super Seven consists of members from many South and Central American countries including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Cuba. They all bring their own distinct style of music to the groupís performances, and this produces a diverse and very entertaining show. This offering is basically a documentary on the making of their second album, Canto, with live performances from a concert in New York scattered throughout.
El Que Siembra Su Maiz
Me Voy Pa'l Pueblo
Some of the tracks are presented live, whilst a small number are from the recording studio. Overall, the documentary is quite intriguing, but at times I just wanted to listen to the music rather than have the documentary interrupting it. Perhaps it might have been better if the documentary was separate from the performances, or at least there was the option to separate them?
The transfer offered on this disc is superb in most areas. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and is not 16x9 enhanced. The on-stage performances seem to be of a slightly higher quality than the behind the scenes footage. I couldnít find any obvious defects with the video transfer, with the possible exception of a small amount of aliasing in some scenes. Colour levels appear to be pretty much spot on throughout. Shadow detail is also very well handled, with all faces and equipment clear and visible in the dim parts of the stage.
The disc is single sided and dual layered, with the layer change occurring at 80:42. Unfortunately there are no subtitles included.
The audio transfer is absolutely sublime. There are three soundtracks available on the disc, and these are a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0, and a stunning DTS 5.1 surround. All three are in English, though the songs are sung in their original language. Funnily enough, someone made a very big slip up and neglected to mention the DTS track on the cover. It's hoped someone got fired for that one, because this track is of reference quality. All channels are used masterfully, with the subwoofer in subtle but continual use throughout. Turn it up, close your eyes and you almost feel like you are sitting in the front row. The Dolby Digital 2.0 track is also of surprisingly high quality, though of course it pales in comparison to the two 5.1 offerings. No audio synch problems could be detected. This is how a soundtrack on a DVD should be done.
As far as extras are concerned, there are two featurettes and two bonus tracks offered. All are presented in a full frame aspect.
Studio Moments: Presented in Dolby Digital mono, this featurette runs for almost 20 minutes and is basically some of the unused interview and behind the scenes material that didnít make it into the actual main presentation.
The History of Los Super Seven: A short biography of the group, presented in Dolby Digital 2.0.
Music Videos - La Sirena and La Morena : Two additional video clips by members of the group from the New York concert.