|Year Released||1995||Commentary Tracks||No|
|Running Time||66:21 minutes||Other Extras||Discography
Featurette - Video Yearbook 1997
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)
English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||Full Frame||
|Subtitles||English||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, in credits|
Over the years I have learned a little more about the duo, but I still don't give a damn about what genre you want to toss them into - the one thing that I do still give a damn about is that I still like their music. As the title suggests, what we have here is virtually a collection of home video bits and pieces that document the career of the duo from the early days in Atlanta, Georgia through to 1995. As a result of the rather diverse sources of the material, we have what in pure terms is something of an eclectic mix of music and other stuff surrounding the duo, brought together by interview material and interspersed with a number of complete videos of some of their fine work. The complete titles comprise:
The transfer is presented in a Full Frame format and is of course not 16x9 enhanced.
All sorts of problems exist here - grainy picture, lack of detail, poor definition and so on, but all is as a result of the source material and, whilst perhaps not intended to look that way, is the unfortunate by-product of the source material. Despite all the inherent problems however, you soon ignore them as the music engrosses you. Overall, given the source material, this is not too shabby an effort and certainly is as good as the source material is going to allow. There were no low level noise problems in the transfer.
This is a wildly divergent transfer as far as colours go, but again is a reflection of the source material. It is really quite decent, but of course nothing like what we would expect from a feature film. There did not appear to be any problems with oversaturation of colours at all, nor were there any problems with colour bleed.
There did not appear to be any MPEG artefact problems in the transfer. There did not appear to be any significant film-to-video artefact problems in the transfer. There did not appear to be any film artefact problems in the transfer. Of the source material, the same cannot be said.
There are two audio tracks on the DVD, an English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 soundtrack and an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. I listened to the Dolby Digital 5.1 effort, as well as sampling the Linear PCM soundtrack. As usual from this source, the reference to Dolby Stereo on the packaging is incorrect - it is Linear PCM stereo.
The dialogue and vocals were reasonably clear and easy to understand throughout the transfer, although the mixing really is against hearing the dialogue and vocals.
There did not appear to be any problems with audio sync in the transfer, other than those intended or presumably inherent in the source material.
The main problem with the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is once again that the mixing is anything but stellar - the sheer consistency of this problem with Sony DVDs is actually quite amazing. This one again demonstrates a very recessed vocal track, which is the main inherent problem. This creates a very unnatural feel to the sound picture, and requires tweaking of the volume levels in order to get any sort of reasonable balance going. However, this effort is also plagued with the occasional problem of both the vocal tracks and the guitar tracks coming out of the rear channels at an elevated volume that completely overpowers the front channels. To some extent, the recessed vocal track problem is also carried over to the Linear PCM 2.0 soundtrack too, meaning that we cannot even resort to that option for a really decent listen. The only god-send with the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is that the bass channel is a little more restrained than usual, therefore giving you a fighting chance of finding a listening setup that you can almost enjoy. Overall, though, this is not another great advertisement for the sound engineering on Sony DVDs.
A good video transfer.
A decent enough audio transfer but with problems.
An unimpressive extras package.
© Ian Morris (have a
laugh, check out the bio)
21st July 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm. 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 EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|