|Year Released||2000||Commentary Tracks||No|
|Running Time||62:11 minutes||Other Extras||No|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||No||Dolby Digital||2.0|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||Full Frame||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, in credits|
The transfer is presented Full Frame and is not 16x9 enhanced.
On the presumption that the excerpts are sourced from various television shows, the somewhat inconsistent nature of the transfers are to some extent explainable. The overall result is a program that is rather short on sharpness and detail. However, individual clips vary from being curiously flat in appearance with a quite appalling lack of depth of field to being actually quite decent considering the origin and the age of the source material. The main problem is the lack of detail in the transfer, most especially the lack of shadow detail, which really does not aid the viewing pleasure at all. This is anything but a clear transfer, which compounds a general problem of what seems to be grainy source material. There did appear to be some problems with low level noise, but this may of course be a reflection of the inadequacies of the source material rather than the result of any mastering issues.
There is an even more curious variety in the presentation of colours here and it is quite remarkable how inconsistent the individual episodes were. There is nothing here that you would confuse for stunning depth of tone and vibrancy of colour. Indeed, this is as riddled with lack of tonal depth as you are likely to find in a DVD I would suspect. It does not help the situation that even in individual clips, certain cameras display a distinctly different colour palette, thereby contributing quite alarmingly to visual acuity problems for those with poorer eyesight. At their best, the colours are decent and nothing more, with a richer tone to them that at least produces some form of depth to the image. At their worst, the colours are very indistinctive. Additionally, certain clips display some rather obvious colour saturation problems. 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. Film artefacts were not much of a problem here. The main issue is the inherent flaws in what I am guessing would be a video tape source.
There is only the one audio track on the DVD, being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
Dialogue and vocals were reasonably clear and reasonably easy to understand.
There did not appear to be any real problems with audio sync in the transfer.
The big problem here is that again there are quite wide fluctuations in the source material, but unlike video which really you cannot do too much about, I would have thought that by some judicious mastering that they could have at least got the different clips to an equivalent sort of volume level. As it is, there is a wide range in the audio levels between clips: nothing that will have you diving for the remote to prevent the house rocking itself to pieces mind, but just a rather annoyingly noticeable difference. The better clips are reasonably decent with a reasonable sound presence that at least conveys some sort of emotion. However, the poorer clips really suffer from sound that is terribly recessed, almost as if they were recorded from a two track machine positioned at the very rear of the studio. In these instances, you certainly feel no emotion whatsoever from the vocals, and that is what so badly lets down this DVD: his vocal style, as well as the choice of songs, really needs to have a very present recording to let the emotion out. As it is, Tom Jones singing into a paper bag (which actually might be a better description of the sound) is not guaranteed to get anyone up out of their chairs. There is no surround channel or bass channel usage here at all. Overall, this is a sadly inadequate soundtrack for a vocalist of this style.
A barely adequate video transfer, but the source material does not permit better.
A poor audio transfer.
© Ian Morris (have a
laugh, check out the bio)
20th August 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 C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|