(not 63 minutes as per packaging)
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 256 Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.44:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||?1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The transfer is reasonably sharp, the shadow detail is vague, and low-level noise can still be seen in any expanse of colour, especially during the opening logos.
The colour saturation in this transfer is acceptable, and about on par with the previous disc, but composite artefacts are still a minor problem. Dot crawl is visible in the edges of some colours, but this is relatively minor compared to the previous transfers, especially that of the first episode. Since this footage is mostly truncated from the three previous episodes of the series, the level to which composite artefacts are present is variable, but overall, this transfer seems noticeably cleaner.
MPEG artefacts are a problem in one section of the transfer, but this is because the footage in question is borrowed from the first disc in the series, where MPEG artefacts were rife throughout a shot of a woman on a pool sofa. Some posterization is still apparent in skin tones from time to time, but the artefacts are mostly well controlled in this regard. Film-to-video artefacts were also not a problem, although the lack of resolution in the picture does a good job of minimizing the potential for aliasing. Film artefacts consisted of some scratches on the picture, but these were very occasional.
There is only soundtrack on this DVD: the original English dialogue, encoded in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo at the higher bitrate of 256 kilobits per second. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times. Audio sync is not a problem because all of the speech occurs off-screen.
The score music is pure cheese, and turns this entire documentary into a comedy. Much of it is recycled from Malcolm Ironton's score from a previous episode, with new pieces being added by Matthew Faddy. Neither composer's work left any real impression upon me except for how it reminded me of an extremely bad porn film.
The stereo activity of this soundtrack is reasonable, but there is no surround presence to speak of. The subwoofer briefly supported one shot in a nightclub that was complete with bad drum machine noise, but little else was heard from it.
The video quality is passable.
The audio quality is acceptable.
There are no extras.
© Dean McIntosh
(my bio sucks... read it anyway)
November 23, 2000.
|DVD||Grundig GDV 100 D, using composite output; Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), using composite and S-video inputs, 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, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer|