|Category||Music Video||Theatrical Trailer(s)||None|
|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||85:44 Minutes||Other Extras||None|
|Epic Music Video
Sony Music Entertainment
|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||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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)|
|Speakers||Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Subwoofer|