1. DVD-Audio offers multi-channel sound (up to six channels) and a sound quality that is much higher than conventional CD. DVD-Audio discs can also include text and graphics. The disc can play surround-sound audio on special DVD-Audio players or an ordinary stereo mix on a standard DVD player. DVD-Audio uses a “Super Jewel Box” CD case, which is larger than a conventional CD case.
2. This shot shows how the disc is packaged.
3. The menu on Tutu gives users a number of options. They can play the multi-channel mix or stereo mix. Incidentally, the stereo mix on DVD-Audio is different from that found on the ordinary audio CD version. You can also call up a discography and biographical information.
4. The stereo and surround lists give you the option of selecting specific tracks for playback.
5. The discography is disappointing and merely lists the tracks on each album. Also, only Warner Bros albums are included. A missed opportunity to add some real value to the DVD-Audio release.
6. Miles’s biography provides some useful information.
Verdict: From an audio perspective, this release offers a lot – the multi-channel mix adds a new dimension to the sound and even the stereo mix is interesting, but it’s a shame that the potential to add additional multimedia material to the DVD-Audio release was not taken up.
The Tutu DVD-Audio Stereo Mixes versus the Tutu Audio CD Mixes
Miles fan Olivier Bruchez has kindly shared his sharp analysis of the differerences between the Tutu DVD-Audio and CD mixes. As you can see, Olivier has spent a lot of time examining these mixes! Many thanks Olivier!
(+) Three notes (trumpet) are missing at 2:01 on the CD
(?) The synth intro (0:00-0:05) is much louder on the DVD (no fade in) (-) A lot of trumpet overdubs are missing from the DVD (0:10-0:41, 3:03-3:30), but the main line is the same (+) One note (trumpet) is missing at 2:32 on the CD (+) Another instrument (synth?) is present between 3:32 and 3:50 on the DVD or is very hard to hear on the CD (+) Several notes (trumpet) are missing between 3:49 and 3:59 on the CD
(?) The synth intro is louder on the DVD (again, no fade in)
(?) The bass lines at the end (4:14-) are different; the DVD version sounds slightly longer (less fade out)
05. Backyard Ritual
(+) One note (trumpet) is missing at 1:38 on the CD
06. Perfect Way
(-) Some reverberation (on the trumpet) is missing between 2:04-2:14 on the DVD
07. Don’t Lose Your Mind
(-) On the DVD, the trumpet does not sound like on the CD at all (some effect is missing) (+) Electric violin overdubs on the DVD (0:29-0:35, 1:04-1:16, 4:57-4:59 and 5:15-end) (?) Totally different synth sound at 2:33 (-) Reverberation on drums completely missing at 2:39 on the DVD
08. Full Nelson
(-) Synth missing at 1:14 and 2:34 on the DVD (-) Reverberation on guitar completely missing at 3:31 and 4:14 (?) A lot of differences (guitar, voice samples, synth, etc.) between 4:18 and the end of the track, but the trumpet and bass lines are the same; most of the voice samples are missing from the DVD”