|Year Released||1999||Commentary Tracks||No|
|Running Time||93:13 minutes||Other Extras||No|
|Starring||The Big O|
|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, 224 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||Full Frame||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, in credits|
That said, this is by far the better of the two DVDs. Not only is the length somewhat more respectable, and thus there is more magic to listen to, but the quality seems to be a little better. It is coming up for twelve years since The Big O died and the magic of his work has not diminished. I hope that we will shortly see a definitive homage to the man.
The transfer is presented Full Frame and is not 16x9 enhanced.
The varied sources of the material are more obvious here, reflecting that this is an inherently better transfer. The newer stuff is actually quite decent, but there are still problems with the sharpness and the definition. Occasionally it descends into quite diffuse images (one colour source is especially bad in this regard) but thankfully there is not much of this quality. Detail was fairly lacking in general, although this is a reflection of the source material rather than anything inherently wrong with the DVD. Clarity leaves a little to be desired in general, and some portions of the transfer are well blessed with grain and low level noise. Overall, I found this a more palatable transfer than that afforded Roy Orbison-The Anthology.
The black and white videos in general are quite weak in the depth of the tones and really are just a collection of reasonably wishy washy greys. The colour videos are almost as bad, as the colours lack any sort of real tone and solidity to them. The more recent interview material fares far better and in general these are fairly well presented in a nicely saturated tone, albeit just a little lacking in solidity of tonal depth. The overall effect is actually something approaching naturalness. Colour bleed is not 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, although there were a couple of instances where aliasing was a problem and some moiré artefacting is present. Film artefacts were rife in a couple of videos, but the more recent material is not so badly affected.
There is only the one audio track on the DVD, being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
Dialogue and vocals were generally clear and easy to understand.
There did not appear to be any real problems with audio sync in the transfer.
Obviously lacking any sort of surround channel or bass channel usage, this is not an especially inspiring soundtrack. It is however quite free from distortion and even the audio dropouts from the earlier DVD are missing from this effort. Serviceable but not much more really.
A good video transfer, all things considered.
A decent 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|