|Category||Music||Main Menu Audio
Warner Vision Australia
|RPI||$39.95||Music||The Moody Blues|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 5.0, 448
English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 256 Kb/s)
English (DTS 5.0, ? Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The selection of songs from this regrettably too short concert are:
If you are a fan of The Moody Blues then this is an absolutely essential purchase, and there is little in the way of technical deficiencies to detract from the pleasure to be had. If you have a passing interest in the band, or just want to check out some classic rock from a classic band, then you cannot do much better than this effort.
The transfer is presented Full Frame, and is not 16x9 enhanced.
Apart from the odd lapse in the source material, this is a wonderfully sharp and detailed transfer that if anything is too detailed! The stage design involved the placement of perspex screens in front of the orchestra and drums that quite noticeably reflect lighting effects in an off-putting manner. It took a little while to get used to it, but it certainly is the result of the transfer being too detailed. Shadow detail is generally very good, with even the darkest corners of the Royal Albert Hall being nicely brought to life. This is a wonderfully clear transfer that does not appear to have any problems at all with grain. Low level noise is also not an issue in the transfer.
The colours here come up wonderfully well and the whole transfer has a gorgeous vibrancy to it that really reminds me in a lot of ways of the quality of Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells II & III . The main problem here is the intense blue stage lighting which at times causes horrendous flare problems. This is consistent throughout the transfer, and is almost certainly an inherent fault in the source material and not a transfer problem. The transfer generally has a very nice saturation to the colours otherwise and the only issue is the odd lapse from a couple of angles under intense stage lighting. I doubt that we could expect any better than this from the source material available.
The only significant MPEG artefact in the transfer is a couple of instances of loss of resolution in fast pan shots from the steadicam shots in front of the stage and the flying boom camera over the audience. I am almost tempted to suggest that the bulk of the problem is again not a transfer issue but a source material issue. There is not much of a problem with film-to-video artefacts here, with only some exceedingly minor and inconsequential aliasing on a few short occasions that are barely noticeable at all. There was no problem with film artefacts.
This is an RSDL
formatted disc with the layer change coming at 53:38.
Like many concert DVDs, there is little opportunity for a natural break
in the video and therefore the layer change ends up being just a little
noticeable. This one is, even though it is pretty well placed, simply because
audience noise briefly ceases during the change. It is not disruptive to
the flow of the show, though.
Overall, there is not much of a problem with the vocals, which come up very well in the soundtrack and are easy to understand. The only concern I have is that the balance of the DTS soundtrack has the lead vocals mixed just a little too forward in the mix to sound really natural. There did not seem to be any problem with audio sync in the transfer.
I have to confess to being a little reticent going
into the review knowing that there were only 5.0 soundtracks on offer.
Just how much difference would the lack of the bass channel make? I have
to say that whilst the lack of the bass channel is at times a little obvious,
in general I did not miss it too much at all and the more ethereal rock
style of The Moodies music probably suits the 5.0 format quite well. The
DTS 5.0 soundtrack is quite wonderful, with a really nice surround presence
that makes you feel that you are sitting in the middle of the hall about
a third of the way back from the stage. There are lots of nice reflected
style sounds out of the surround channels that really encompass you quite
nicely. This is not quite so noticeable on the Dolby Digital 5.0 soundtrack,
which is just a little less dynamic in the surround channels, but overall
is still a fine soundtrack. Both the 5.0 soundtracks can be cranked up
a little higher than normal thanks to the lack of the bass channel and
are totally devoid of any blemishes as far as I could ascertain. The Dolby
Digital 2.0 soundtrack comes over quite dead and lifeless in comparison
to the two 5.0 efforts, but that really is a reaction to the 5.0 efforts
and not a reflection of the quality of the 2.0 soundtrack. A brief sample
of the 2.0 after a decent break away from the 5.0 soundtracks indicates
that it is not too bad an effort at all, being reasonably clear and reasonably
open. However, it still seemed to be lacking a bit of bite to the sound.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
27th October 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. 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|