DVDylan ID: D236
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth, England, UK
Date: Monday, 25th September 2000

One beauty of a DVD. And a "must have" if there ever was one. Apart from the fact that the video could have been even better if the taper had used the zoom less often, something magnificent has been accomplished by combining the video with the sound of the stellar Crystal Cat recording of the show.
The taper is positioned pretty much in the back of the venue with quite a few heads in front of him (letīs guess itīs a he) which he tries to keep out of his sight rather successfully. When the view isnīt blocked, his camera has one of the greatest perspectives imaginable. Dylan can be seen so perfectly by performing one of his very best shows since who knows when, that it makes oneīs hair stand up. The screenshots above give a good impression of this. Sadly the taper hardly ever keeps his machine quiet and often pans around with no real reason or aim. During "Tryinī to Get to Heaven" he willingly gives up the fine perspective he had at the beginning and loses most of the song as a consequence. But nothing proves the tremendous quality of this DVD more than the fact that this hardly comes across as a loss (at least not on first viewing), but the joy of watching the rest of it is stronger than everything else.
Highlights come by truckload here, so I name only three: "Hard Rain", "Frankie Lee & Judas Priest" and "Highway 61" (the very best honestwithme has ever heard).

Reviewed by honestwithme on 09th July 2004