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|Running Time||55:29 minutes|
|Case||Amaray style, CD style disc clip|
|RPI||$28.95||Music||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||Audio (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448Kb/s)
Audio (DTS 5.1)
Audio (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The musical programme on this particular DVD comes from the consummate genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and comprises:
The visual accompaniment to the music is quite decent, too. Symphony No. 40 is accompanied by a visual tour of the very famous Neustift Monastery, located in Southern Tyrol in Italy. Visually, this is a gorgeous building, and it is shown to good effect here - especially the magnificent frescoes which are shown in all their glory during the second movement of the symphony. Symphony No. 28 is accompanied by some of the visual delights of the beautiful city of Innsbruck in Austria. Like many old cities of Europe, it has some magnificent old buildings and a fair display of them is presented here. The overtures are also accompanied by footage of Innsbruck.
Whilst not being absolutely convinced of the presentation method, I nonetheless found this to be an enjoyable way of spending an hour - wonderful music accompanied by some wonderful visuals. Overall, it is probably better than just watching a conductor conduct an orchestra.
In general, these are quite wonderful video transfers: generally very sharp with loads of detail to be found. Obviously, the detail is needed as the ornate detail in the frescoes in particular is quite spectacular. Shadow detail is somewhat lacking for the very reason that in general the whole video programme has been shot in such a way as to make the most of whatever light was available, meaning that there is little opportunity for shadow detail to come into play. The transfers are wonderfully clear and there is no problem at all with respect to grain. There was just the odd hint on occasions of low level noise in the transfer but nothing that was especially distracting.
The colour here is staggering! This is as gorgeous a looking transfer as you could expect. On offer here are magnificently rendered colours, wonderfully vibrant and capturing the magnificence of the locations. This is so good-looking, I almost jumped onto the Internet to book tickets to visit these locations in real life! I wish I saw more feature films that looked this good as far as colour goes. There is no hint of oversaturation here at all. There is nothing approaching colour bleed in the transfer. The only problem at all with the visual aspect of the transfer was in the early portion of the video of Innsbruck, where the tone was just a little overexposed owing to sunlight. This however is not a transfer problem but a source material problem.
There generally are not any significant MPEG artefacts
in the transfers. There is a rather consistent problem with film-to-video
artefacts, most noticeably aliasing throughout the transfer. This may however
partially be the result of this being an NTSC transfer, as just about any
horizontal line shimmers noticeably during a panned shot. The third movement
of Symphony No. 40 was rather plagued by something of a moiré
artefacting problem. There is nothing much in the way of film artefacts
to worry about here at all.
The music comes through wonderfully well on the two soundtracks I sampled.
The DTS soundtrack is very good indeed, presenting
the sort of resonant sound that you expect at a concert venue, but not
from a CD. The sound tends to came at you from all angles just like the
reflective sound in a concert hall, although it perhaps does not quite
have the instrument separation that is known in a concert hall. The surround
channel use is extremely effective and the bass channel use is nicely complementary.
The only time that there was a slight letdown was in the bass channel in
the Overture to Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. This famous
overture is noted for the percussive, repetitive nature of the tune: in
the DTS soundtrack the percussive effect becomes just a little too percussive
in my view. But I will say that I could not resist the temptation to turn
the volume up here and really get that DTS bass enhancement going big time!
The Overture really does benefit from it, I can assure you. Overall, this
is not the best DTS soundtrack I have heard (on the relative experience
of four such soundtracks!), but is still a very good and effective one.
There are no complaints about the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack either,
where surround channel use is good, as is the bass channel use.
|Surround Channel Use|
A very good video transfer.
A very good audio transfer.
A poorish extras package.
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
24th September 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|