|Category||Concert Video||Theatrical Trailer(s)||None|
|Year Released||1997||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||56 minutes||Other Extras||Booklet
|Start Up||Language Selection then Menu|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||None|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Linear PCM 48/16)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||Not Applicable|
There is very little to say about this DVD - the music is excellent, the disc quality is great, and I enjoyed it greatly.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (4:3). It is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was razor sharp and crystal clear throughout. Shadow detail was superb, with rich, deep blacks and plenty of clear detail to be made out in the shadows. Low level noise was absent.
The colours were all very clear, and whilst they could not be described as vivid, they were certainly not undersaturated at all.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Video artefacts were non-existent. I expected to see a lot of video artefacts with this transfer given the nature of the source material, particularly when viewing the guitars, but the image remained rock solid throughout.
Whilst I am unaware of the nature of the source material for this transfer, it appears to have been transferred from video rather than from film, and possibly even a component video source, given the absence of composite artefacts in the final image. I did note that the data transfer rate for this disc remained at a constant very high rate, at around the 9.6 Megabits per second rate or so - this certainly is reflected in the perfection of this transfer.
The sound is excellent on this DVD, and could not be faulted, except to say that the sound mix remained constant across the soundstage, and bore no relevance to the camera angle. At times, this became a little disconcerting when, for example, Bryan Adams' guitarist would be in the centre of the frame but his sound was mixed to the extreme left of the soundstage.
There were no audio sync problems.
The music was great and a pleasure to listen to.
The surround channels were not used.
The .1 channel was not specifically used, but the subwoofer often received heavy signal to actively support the music.
The video quality is reference quality.
The audio quality is excellent.
The extras are very limited.
© Michael Demtschyna
2nd March 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 4:3 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|