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|Category||Music||Main Menu Audio and Animation
Biographies - Cast
Interviews - Cast
Gallery - Photo
|Running Time||86:04 minutes|
Warner Vision Australia
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 224 Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||No|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, in credits|
The songs on offer on the DVD are as follows:
|Mary Wells||David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks|
|1.||You Beat Me To The Punch||12.||Get Ready|
|2.||Two Lovers||13.||Keep On Truckin'|
|3.||The One Who Really Loves You||14.||My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)|
|4.||Medley with Curtis Womack:||15.||Statue Of A Fool|
|Wonderful World||16.||Just My Imagination|
|He Will Break Your Heart||17.||Ain't Too Proud To Beg|
|Chain Gang||18.||My Girl|
|5.||My Guy||19.||The Way You Do The Things You Do|
|6.||Bye Bye Baby/Shout (with Curtis Womack)||20.||(I Know) I'm Losing You|
|Martha Reeves||The Cast|
|7.||I'm Ready For Love||21.||Dancin' In The Street|
|8.||Nowhere To Run|
|9.||I'll Have To Let Him Go|
The opening collection with Mary Wells is definitely the low point here and starts the DVD off on the distinctly wrong foot. Thankfully the next set from Martha Reeves redresses the balance somewhat but the remaining set from the two former members of The Temptations sets the general tone back again. Overall, there is not an awful lot to get excited about here and the venue probably does not help much either.
This is not a release that generates much enthusiasm in me, and I am a huge Motown fan and was brought up on the music of the likes of Mary Wells, Martha Reeves and The Temptations. In many ways I wish I had not seen the video as in some respects it has lessened my opinions of some of the cast.
The transfer is presented in Full Frame format and it is not 16x9 enhanced.
Generally the transfer can be summarized as average: average sharpness, average definition, average clarity, average shadow detail. Given that it is fourteen years old, that perhaps is not too inexcusable. There are certainly problems in the source material that are carried over into the video transfer. There did not appear to be any significant low level noise in the transfer.
There are not much in the way of colours here - a distinct lack of saturation is very common here, and when the saturation does pick up a tad it lacks any decent depth to the tones. Part of the problem is as a result of the stage lighting whilst another part of the problem is a result of the actual source material. Overall, you are not looking at anything special as far as the colours go. The black tones seemed in general to lack depth. There are a few instances of oversaturation on evidence here and some colour bleed seems to be apparent.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts
in the transfer. There did not seem to be any real problems with film-to-video
artefacts, with just the odd instance of aliasing here and there. It should
be noted that the intense stage lighting does create the usual problems
here. There are no real problems with film artefacts in the transfer, other
than the fake ones used in certain portions of the menus and introductions.
The vocals come up reasonably well in the transfer and there are no real problems understanding them. There did not appear to be any problems with audio sync in the transfer.
The soundtrack simply lacks any real distinctiveness
and is quite an ordinary effort. Naturally lacking any surround and bass
channel usage, the overall soundscape is rather frontal and a little congested
at times. It barely conveys the music in any real sense and adds to the
overall disappointment of the programming. A pity that something better
could not have been made out of the source material.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
8th March, 2001.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|