Family Values Fall Tour '98

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Details At A Glance

Category Music Video Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating r.gif (1169 bytes) Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1998 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 85:44 Minutes  Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Director Joe Friday
Epic Music Video
Sony Music Entertainment
Starring Limp Bizkit
Ice Cube
Case Opaque Brackley
RRP $34.95 Music All of the above

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Linear PCM 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)
English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision ? Smoking Yes
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    Don't bother asking me to list the "bands" in the actual order they appear, because I am doing you, the DVD viewer, a big favour just by contemplating watching this load of bollocks in the first place. What happens when you get a couple of groups of Pungent Stench wannabes, a James Brown wannabe, a mob of Das Ich (or even Bethlehem) wannabes, yet another group of David Bowie rip-off artists, mix them together, and stir? You basically get the Family Values Fall Tour '98. Obviously, the general American audience needs to get out and hear some real music, judging by the mobility of the audience. This is especially obvious during Limp Bizkit's pathetic rendition of the George Michael classic, Faith. Let's give this song to The Residents so we can have a demonstration of what real alternative music sounds like. Anyway, in case you were curious, the tracklisting for this DVD goes a little something like this:

    Limp Bizkit:

   Ice Cube:     Orgy: [this is the only band on the disc that suggests having any musical ability at all]     Rammstein:    Korn:    The more I am subjected (albeit somewhat voluntarily) to this sort of material, the more I hope that Music For Nations will get off their butts and release some of Peaceville's bands on DVD. My DyING BRIDE and Anathema have great live videos available on VHS - surely it cannot be that hard to take the source tapes and put them onto a DVD of some description. A noise-addled video of real musicians playing actual music would be vastly preferable to a reference-quality version of this drivel.

    One last comment: this music video is rated R, and it is rated R for a reason other than the idiocies and four-letter words on display during the show. Under no circumstances should you allow any small children to see this nonsense, in spite of how childish the action onscreen really is most of the time.

Transfer Quality


    Well, regardless of what I think of the content in musical or artistic terms, this is a very well-presented concert video which I am happily used to seeing from Sony and Epic Music Video. The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (Full Frame), with NTSC formatting. Given that the 1.78:1 shape is scheduled to be phased in within a matter of years now, it would have been more thoughtful to have been presented with video in this ratio, but we can let this one slide for the time being. The transfer is very sharp for concert footage, but it does suffer from the usual problems with stage lighting and high levels of movement. The shadow detail is pretty much non-existent, as everything is brightly lit to a point that would seem completely unnatural outside of a concert. Low-level noise was present in some of the images used to comprise Korn's set (the idiots responsible for editing this video decided to interrupt it with "historical" footage).

    The colour saturation was much more accurate than I've come to expect with concert footage, although it is still not without the problems offered into the mix by stage lighting. MPEG artefacts were absent from the presentation, although the bitrate was constantly all over the place in order to accomodate the needs of some imagery, especially during Orgy's set. Film-to-video artefacts seemed to be absent from the presentation, which is a terrible pity considering that this would have given us something a little more interesting to look at. Film artefacts consisted of the occasional black or white mark on the image, but these were so rare that they might as well have not been there at all.

    There are no subtitles available on this disc, which is a real pity since many of the lyrics in English require them to be understood, and it would have been nice to see translations of Rammstein's lyrics. Some subtitles are provided for the sole interviewee before and after their set, but these are burned into the video image rather than provided as a subtitle stream.


    As always happens with a DVD of musical non-events such as this, we have a transfer which makes the music being performed seem much larger than life. There are two audio tracks available on this DVD, both of them in the English language: a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, and a Linear PCM 2.0 track, which also happens to be the default selection. The Dolby Digital effort is a muffled and compressed-sounding one compared to the Linear PCM track, with the sounds from all speakers being rather muffled and low. I mostly stuck with the Linear PCM mix, while sampling Orgy's set in both mixes for good measure. The vocals were given their proper priority in the mix, but this didn't make them any easier to understand at any point. Audio sync was never a problem during the performances or the offstage chatter.

    The music is fairly typical of the stuff that Sony fling out at us with their "you want" advertising campaigns: it has been done much better before, and it is still being done much better today. During the 1970s, these performers would be relegated to the bargain bin without so much as a second look. Orgy might have earned a second glance, but that's really stretching it. Bear in mind that your opinion may differ, especially if you're in my age group and of the mindset that Sony would have us believe is the whole and sum total of said age group.

    The surround presence of the Linear PCM mix actually seemed greater than the Dolby Digital mix, in spite of being restricted to two channels and a subwoofer. This can be fairly and squarely blamed upon the low volume of the Dolby Digital mix, which sounded as if it had been recorded using a unidirectional microphone in the audience. The surround channels got some usage in an effort to create an enveloping sound field, but I had to listen to this at about twice my usual volume (which is pretty damned high to begin with) before the effect was noticed. The subwoofer got a fair workout in both mixes, supporting the drums, bass, and even some of the rhythm guitar notes in pretty much all of the songs. It was especially active during Ice Cube's set, where a lot of false bass activity is pumped in from one of those damned synthesisers.


    Well, there is a menu...


    Not the best-looking or most functional one I have ever seen, either. It is at least 16x9 enhanced.

R4 vs R1

    This disc is formatted for worldwide playback, which makes the lack of subtitles all the more curious. In any case, there are much better music videos to source from Region 1.


    Family Values Fall Tour '98: Sony's attempt to bring us "music" on DVD. Myself, I say stick with Ozzy Osbourne since he still has a good idea of what the word means.

    The video quality is superb for concert footage.

    The audio quality is wonderful until you get into the Dolby Digital mix.

    The extras are non-existent.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Dean McIntosh (my bio sucks... read it anyway)
May 27, 2000.
Review Equipment
DVD Grundig GDV 100 D, using composite output; Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output
Display Panasonic TC-29R20 (68 cm), 4:3 mode, using composite input; Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), 16:9 mode/4:3 mode, using composite and S-video inputs
Audio Decoder Built In (Amplifier)
Amplification Sony STR-DE835
Speakers Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Subwoofer