|Category||Music||Main Menu Audio|
|Running Time||45:42 / 45:37|
|Start Up||Programme Selection, then Menu|
Jay W. Griffiths
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||Poet-English (Dolby Digital 2.0,
Live-English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Full Frame||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, during credits|
|1.||Kern River||1.||Misery And Gin|
|2.||A Place To Fall Apart||2.||Back To The Barrooms|
|3.||Big City||3.||Our Paths May Never Cross|
|4.||Today I Started Loving You Again||4.||Tennessee Hustler|
|5.||Ramblin Fever||5.||The Runnin' Kind|
|6.||Mama Tried||6.||Working Man Blues|
|8.||Silver Wings||8.||Little Liza Jane|
|9.||My Favourite Memory||9.||Faded Love|
|10.||That's The Way Love Goes||10.||Maiden's Prayer|
|11.||The Moment I Lost You||11.||Special Medley Of Hoedowns|
|12.||Workin' Man Blues||12.||Sing Me Back Home|
|13.||The Lonesome Fugitive||13.||Okie From Muskogee|
|14.||Just Stay Here And Drink|
Both programmes are actually live in concert efforts. The first is recorded live in Nashville, whilst the second is recorded in a large unidentified baseball stadium that may be Houston. As I have suggested, this is not my cup of tea at all, and I rather wish that I had not stuck my hand up to review it. Compounding the issue is that this is another of those Massive releases that have been greeted with a general lack of enthusiasm from a reviewing point of view. Just like the earlier DVDs from this source, the presentation of this material leaves something to be desired, with the overall result being decidedly lukewarm. Also as usual from this source, take the year of 2000 shown above with a very large pinch of salt. I cannot vouch for when exactly the second show was filmed, but the first was recorded in 1987.
The transfer is presented in a Full Frame ratio and is not 16x9 enhanced.
I am presuming here that the first show, Poet Of The Common Man, was recorded for television as it displays the typical lack of sharpness and detail that is demonstrated by other DVDs from this source. Indeed, at times the source material is very out-of-focus, with some distant shots of the stage being quite laughably indistinct. And if I thought this effort was relatively bad, then I simply have no words to describe how utterly appalling Live In Concert is. I have seen home videos with more definition than this. Indeed, the shots of the stage are so bad here that most of the time you simply cannot distinguish Merle Haggard amongst the equipment on the stage, and the bulk of this show is completely unwatchable in my view. Overall, these shows demonstrate quite lamentable sharpness and detail. Shadow detail is best not commented upon, as it will only lead to the use of profanity. Grain is a significant problem throughout the transfers, and these are anything but clear transfers. There did appear to be some problems with low level noise, but this may of course be a reflection of the appalling inadequacies of the source material rather than the result of any mastering issues.
There is nothing especially noteworthy about this rather insipid palette of colours other than the distinct differences between the underwhelming colours of Poet Of The Common Man and the somewhat over-rich colours of Live In Concert. There is nothing here that you would confuse for stunning depth of tone and vibrancy of colour. At their best, the colours are barely decent and nothing more. At their worst, the colours are very indistinct. Colour bleed does not appear to be a problem at all in the transfer.
There are no apparent MPEG artefacts in the transfer.
There were no real problems with film-to-video artefacts in the transfer,
although there were some problems with minor aliasing here and there. Film
artefacts were not much of a problem. The main issue is the inherent flaws
in what I am guessing would be a video tape source.
The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand.
There did not appear to be any particular problems with audio sync.
There is nothing remarkable about the soundtrack,
and it certainly is not the best effort I have ever heard. There are some
rather noticeable drop outs here and there (try 32:06
in Poet Of The Common Man) which are a tad distracting. The
soundtrack sounds distinctly mono rather than stereo, but I shall give
Massive the benefit of the doubt here. There certainly is nothing at all
to indicate surround channel use, and there is of course no bass channel
use at all. Once again you just occasionally wish for some surround encoding
to add a bit of bite to the sound. Still, the sound is not congested and
reasonably free from distortion.
|Surround Channel Use|
A poorish video transfer.
An average audio transfer.
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
20th September 2000
|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|