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|Running Time||99:21 minutes|
Warner Vision Australia
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448
English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 256 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||No|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, during credits|
The music that the leading ladies of Broadway have selected for this 90 plus minute extravaganza of song, and a bit of dance, is as follows:
My Favourite Broadway-The Leading Ladies is a thoroughly enjoyable programme in general and fans of Broadway musicals are in for a treat here I would suggest. Even those like me with no real interest in such things will find plenty of good music on offer, and the presentation does as good a job as possible of highlighting the general quality of the cast and their selections.
Filmed in Carnegie Hall in New York (not on Broadway but not far from it), there is plenty of detail of the interior of that famed establishment to be seen in this sharp and detailed transfer. Whilst there are just a few odd lapses here and there, they are quite minor and do not detract from the general excellence of the transfer. Shadow detail is naturally quite variable and is entirely dependent upon the effects of the stage lighting: at times the detail is supposed to be almost non-existent whilst at others there is enough on offer to be satisfying. The transfer is generally quite clear and does not demonstrate much in the way of grain. There are however a couple of sequences, usually from the same direction looking towards the theatre balconies, that demonstrate some degree of grain amongst other issues. There is some issue with low level noise in the same shots, which might suggest that the fault lies with the source material and not the mastering process.
This is quite a bright and vibrant transfer, very colourful where allowed by the stage lighting. Certainly the blacks have a decent depth to them and are nice and even in tone. The colours are generally well saturated, with only the slightest hint at times of oversaturation, but nothing that I find especially distracting to the show. There is no problem with colour bleed in the transfer.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts
in the transfer, although there is some indication of pixelization in the
background detail on a few occasions. This is mainly during the aforementioned
shots of the interior balconies of the theatre - examples are around the
and 74:00 mark - and is actually quite
distracting once you have noticed it. There are a couple of rather minor
instances of aliasing in the transfer, but nothing that is really disruptive.
There is one instance of chroma noise in the transfer at 16:50,
in the blue light backdrop to the side of the stage. There are no problems
with film artefacts in the transfer.
There are two soundtracks on the DVD, being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. I listened to the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack whilst also briefly sampling the Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
The vocals come up very well in the transfer and, apart from the Jennifer Holliday track, there are no problems understanding them. When the bass channel gets let loose, unfortunately the vocals suffer somewhat. There did not appear to be any audio sync problems with the transfer.
The music quite naturally comes from a widely diverse collection of some of the greats, and perhaps not so greats, of the Broadway musical.
The main problem with the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
is an over-emphasis of the bass channel. This is quite noticeable in the
tracks Fifty Percent, Some People and Down
With Love, and in the case of the first two mentioned make them
almost unlistenable. However, apart form those few misjudged tracks, there
is nothing much wrong with the soundtrack at all. There is not a huge amount
of activity in the rear surround channels, other than for the enthusiastic
audience response, but this is not unnecessarily problematic in the overall
soundtrack. In general, the bass channel gets only a moderate work and
the result is a generally decently balanced soundscape that is most supportive
of the songs. The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is adequate with nothing
much in the way of problem, although the balance leaves a little to be
desired at times as the music accompaniment goes a bit AWOL.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
17th February, 2001
|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|