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|Category||Music||Featurette - Popside
Featurette - Number Nine
Music Video - Hey Joe
Featurette - Olympia
Music Video - Dolly Dagger
|Running Time||68:00 Minutes|
|Region||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6||Director||Peter Neal|
Universal Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1?||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
This particular feature is a documentary that was "filmed in London", or rather, it was cobbled together in London from various segments of live performances, interviews, and general behind-the-scenes footage with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Featuring live performances of such numbers as Wild Thing, and studio versions of such classic numbers as Castles Made Of Sand, this documentary basically purports to be a look inside the psychedelic world of Hendrix and his bandmates. It is, however, about as insightful about Hendrix and the times he was a product of as your average MTV special, and really disappointing. There isn't much more I can say about this, so I will get on with the transfer quality.
The main feature is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and it is not 16x9 Enhanced.
The source materials used to create the feature and the subsequent transfer must have been of dire quality, as there is nothing ever approaching what I would call sharpness here. The shadow detail is equally poor, although the footage that makes up the majority of the feature rarely calls for it. Low-level noise is also a slight problem, with blacks not being quite black, and reds in particular not being quite red.
The colour saturation of this transfer is often monochromatic in nature, with numerous clips of footage that look as if they were shot in black and white, then transferred through a bright, primary-coloured filter. Although colour bleeding and composite artefacts are never problematic, the colour saturation still looks as if it were thrown up all over the screen.
MPEG artefacts were not a problem in this transfer, which is surprising when you considering the shocking state that some of the materials were in. There were no problems with film-to-video artefacts, mostly because the transfer never really has the resolution needed to make them apparent. Film artefacts litter most of the footage comprising this main feature, with numerous black, white, and even slightly brown marks on the picture that pop up in numerous places with a sort of rhythmic frequency.
The dialogue and the vocals in the music were always clear and easy to make out, with little or no trouble separating the instruments from the vocals. There are no discernible problems with audio sync.
The music in this film is mostly written by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, with a few numbers written by others for good measure. The best way to describe Jimi Hendrix's music is as a fusion of old blues and soul music with the new psychedelic influences that were all the rage at that time. One of Hendrix's most notable abilities in a musical sense was to blur the line between playing a solo and a rhythm figure. Coupled with a nice, soulful voice that never gets in the way of the other instruments, this is an excellent demonstration of everything that modern-day guitarists lack.
The surround channels are not used by this soundtrack, but we do get better stereo separation and clarity than is usually the case thanks to a much higher bitrate than is the norm for Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks. However, fuzz and distortion that wasn't in the original sound recordings still becomes apparent from time to time, although it wouldn't surprise me to learn that this was introduced by the ageing of the source materials. The subwoofer was called upon for some redirected signal, supporting the drums and bass without calling attention to itself.
The video transfer is mostly appalling, thanks in part to poor source material.
The audio transfer is okay, with the higher bitrate minimizing some potentially serious flaws.
The extras are better than the main feature, especially
the Hey Joe music video.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm) in 16:9 and 4:3 modes, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Amplification||Sony STR-DE835, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Yamaha NS-45 Front Speakers, Yamaha NS-90 Rear Speakers, Yamaha NS-C120 Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer|