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Music in High Places - Boyz II Men
Warner Vision/Warner Vision . R4 . COLOR . 51 mins . G . PAL


What do you get when you take one of the biggest R & B groups of the early nineties and place them in South Korea in the middle of winter and film them armed with Sony DV handycams and a stereo microphone? Music in High Places - Boyz II Men that's what!

The popular US cable TV series Music in High Places takes musicians to various exotic places around the world and places them amongst the landscape to perform and show off their natural talent. Some episodes have featured Alanis Morrisette visiting the native American heartland of Arizona and Sugar Ray in Australia. While Boyz II Men and South Korea don't seem like the most obvious partnership, i was interested in seeing what this DVD had to offer in terms of musical performance - 'not much' is pretty much as accurate as i can get.

Throughout the entire 51 minutes of footage, the Boyz II Men trio seem totally out of place with their surroundings, and while trying to express their awe for the South Korean landscape, it seems "wow, this is amazing" is the only line they can come up with. This episode of Music in High Places tries to create the sense of meditation by placing the group in and around various temples and shrines for their performances, but does little to succeed.


The video is presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is the best part of this release. The picture is very clear and detailed throughout most of the 51 minutes and is a pleasure to watch. There were no noticible occurances of aliasing or compression artefacts, and even though it seems the whole episode was shot on Sony DV handycams (featured throughout the footage), the result is pleasing.

Being a DVD in the category of 'music', one would expect a favourable musical presentation to be included on this release. This is not the case. Both the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks sound terrible. It sounds as though the whole production was recorded using a cheap stereo microphone and this does not do justice to the talented harmony group and their accompanying musicians. During the first of several musical performances i thought there was something seriously wrong with my setup, but, alas this was not the case. Both soundtracks displayed a flat and muffled-like quality that does nothing for the performances featured on this release. This may well be the worst sounding music DVD released in region 4.

The extras included here are not really extras at all, as they are mostly taken from the main 51 minute feature. There is a 30 minute interview with Wanya and Shawn Morris and some promo spots which are the only new additions to the main feature. What seems like numerous featurettes and behind the scenes footage turn out to be only highlights from the main feature. Nothing noteworthy here.

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  •   And I quote...
    "This may well be the worst sounding music DVD released in region 4"
    - Derek Baker
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