Bryan Adams


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Details At A Glance

Category Concert Video Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1997 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 56 minutes Other Extras Booklet
Cast Biographies
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Selection then Menu
Region 0 Director Milton Lage

Starring Bryan Adams
RRP $34.95 Music Patrick Leonard

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    
Macrovision ?    
Subtitles None    

Plot Synopsis

    Bryan Adams - Unplugged is a concert video of the MTV-arranged concert of the same name. A number of great artists have been involved in the Unplugged concept - I personally consider the Eric Clapton Unplugged concert the best - and Bryan Adams is well-suited to this style of presentation.

    There is very little to say about this DVD - the music is excellent, the disc quality is great, and I enjoyed it greatly.

Transfer Quality


    The video transfer of this concert is magnificent, and faultless. I never felt that I would give anything in a 4:3 aspect ratio a reference rating, but this disc deserves it.

    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.


    There is only one audio track on this DVD, English Linear PCM 48/16. I listened to this soundtrack in Stereo mode.

    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.


    There are only very limited extras on this disc. The preview disc that I was supplied with came in a Super Jewel case. The disc is labelled as a Region 2 - 6 PAL disc, but it is in fact a region-free disc.


    The menu design on this disc is very plain, but track selections are a little difficult to navigate.


    The booklet contains very limited information about DVD in general, and a track listing.

Cast Biographies

    A limited biography of Bryan Adams is the only extra on this DVD.


    Bryan Adams - Unplugged is superb DVD. Highly recommended.

    The video quality is reference quality.

    The audio quality is excellent.

    The extras are very limited.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
2nd March 1999

Review Equipment
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