|Category||Music Video||Theatrical Trailer(s)||None|
|Year Released||1992||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||56:35 Minutes||Other Extras||None|
Universal Music & Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame (NTSC)||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||2.0|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 448 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The opening narration on this DVD, done in much the same manner as the Star Wars saga is famous for, states that rather than the three-piece band he became famous with, Hendrix closed Woodstock with a new outfit known as the Gypsy Sun & Rainbows Band, which omitted Experience bassist/backing vocalist Noel Redding, and added four new members on such duties as second guitar and percussion. Taking Noel Redding's place during this show was the lesser known Billy Cox, and I would love to hear the reasons behind this. The songs presented on this DVD are all taken from the performance at the much-revered festival known as Woodstock, and the track listing is as follows:
The colour saturation is a little variable, with the skin tones and certain items of clothing blending together at some points. Whenever an object is distant to the camera, it becomes a smudge of colours with the person barely distinguishable from their attire (or lack thereof in some shots). Offhand, I would say the that colour bleeding that does take place is the result of ageing at the source material level.
MPEG artefacts were not present in the transfer at all, due to the fact that almost the entire presentation is up at the ten megabits per second maximum transfer rate that the DVD format allows. The compression didn't have to work hard at all, which is just as well considering the age of the film. Film-to-video artefacts didn't seem to be present to any noticeable degree, however, film artefacts picked up the slack with black, white, and even blue marks showing up on the image from time to time. They were, however, quite well controlled in the context of the film's age and the conditions it was shot under.
All of the music on this disc was written and recorded either by the Gypsy Sun & Rainbows Band, or the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi's original band. As I mentioned before, Jimi Hendrix belonged in a remarkably small class of guitarists who could blur the line between rhythm figure and solo, and the music contained on this disc doesn't let us down here. Fire is a particularly noteworthy inclusion for its possession of a raw energy and power that the studio had robbed it of to some extent on the Are You Experienced? album.
Being a straight stereo mix, there is no surround presence to really speak of, but what does come out of the front speakers is especially enveloping because of the otherworldly nature of the music. My active subwoofer came into play to support the drums and bass, and was constantly present without adding any of the low-level distortion that sometimes occurs as a result of bass emphasis in the CD format. Soundwise, this DVD is on par with the much more recent Live & Loud, which is not bad for a remastering of a concert from a time when digital audio wasn't even imagined.
The video quality is very good, with only an excessive level of film artefacts betraying the source material's age.
The audio quality is wonderful, and the songs sound like they were recorded thirty minutes, as opposed to thirty years, ago.
There are no extras.
© Dean McIntosh (my
sucks... read it anyway)
May 23, 2000.
|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|