Merle Haggard: Live From Austin TX '78 [CD/DVD] [DVD]

Merle Haggard made his first appearance on PBS's popular country music program Austin City Limits in January 1978, and this performance has now been released on DVD by New West Records as part of their Live From Austin TX series. Merle Haggard: Live From Austin, TX '78 has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the image looks good considering the age of the source videotapes; the picture is a bit soft by contemporary digital standards, but the color balance is accurate and the details are clear and well defined. The audio has been mastered in two formats, High Definition PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 Surround, and the new sound mixes are crisp, with a good sense of space. The songs are performed in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options included. No bonus materials are included with this DVD, though an edition is available that also features an audio CD of the same concert. This is a bare-bones release, as are most of the discs in the Live From Austin TX series, but it does deliver a strong presentation of Haggard in his prime, and fans will find it well worth a look. (Buyers should note that this is the second Merle Haggard title New West had released in the Live From Austin TX series; Hag's 1985 appearance on Austin City Limits was issued on DVD and CD in 2006.)
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