|Running Time||90:12 Minutes|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448
English (Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||?1.37:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
For those who are curious, the tracklisting for this DVD is as follows:
|1. Intro/California||10. Lay Down My Old Guitar|
|2. Jammin' Me||11. Even The Losers|
|3. Runnin' Down A Dream||12. Walls|
|4. Swingin'||13. Angel|
|5. Breakdown||14. Room At The Top|
|6. Listen To Her Heart||15. Country Farm|
|7. You Don't Know How It Feels||16. You Wreck Me|
|8. Mary Jane's Last Dance||17. I Don't Wanna Fight|
|9. Mona (Featuring Bo Diddley)||18. Free Fallin'|
|19. Free Girl Now|
The transfer is presented in variable aspect ratios, with the introduction footage being Full Frame, and the concert footage having been matted at 1.85:1, with some picture information appearing to be lost in the process. The transfer is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is reasonably sharp, as long as the camera doesn't become too distant from the subject, which is unfortunate because a sizeable percentage of this programme consists of long, wider-angle shots. Some close-up shots also become more than a little diffuse, but this is primarily limited to shots of the audience. The shadow detail is poor, with the dark areas of the shots containing little in the way of discernible detail. Indeed, many shots of the bass player and one of the guitarists, who are entirely dressed in black, lose any serious separation of the performers from the background. Some film grain becomes apparent in parts of the transfer, with the entire shot taking on a noisy look that would indicate a less than ideal photographic device being used at the time. Low level noise, however, is not a problem with this transfer, which is just as well when you consider how much black there is in the picture.
The colour saturation is reflective of the stage lighting, which shines a lot of false colour upon the performers in many shots. When the performers aren't being discoloured by the stage lighting, however, their skin tones look perfectly natural, so the colour saturation certainly cannot be faulted.
MPEG artefacts were not especially noticeable during the band footage, although there is much blurring in the background that appears to have been caused by the photography, which in turn would be easy to mistake for overcompression. Film-to-video artefacts were not noticed, with none of the usual culprits that can normally be found on a programme of this nature showing any shimmer whatsoever. Film artefacts consisted of some black and white flecks during some of the footage that is used to fill gaps between songs, but they were not especially noticeable in the concert footage.
The music by Tom Petty can be described as being middle-of-the-road rock music with little to distinguish it from all the other offerings of this variety that I have sat down and watched. Indeed, this live collection does very little to convince me to buy any Tom Petty albums in lieu of bands such as Violent Femmes or Rollins Band. I think this may be more related to the limitations of the live setting, as even the best song in this set, Breakdown, sounded pretty flat and hard to distinguish from the other songs in comparison to its studio counterpart.
The surround channels were used in the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix to create a wide soundstage with perfectly separated channels for the instruments, giving them plenty of room to breathe. The problem is that the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is so quiet and pedestrian as to thoroughly strip the performance of what little energy it actually has, making for a flat experience. The Linear PCM Stereo mix was, by comparison, much more vibrant and powerful, and it also seemed to have a greater overall presence. The subwoofer was consistently active to support the bass and drums in both mixes without calling any special attention to itself.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is good, except for the lacklustre Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.
The extras are non-existent.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), 16:9 mode/4:3 mode, using composite and S-video inputs|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Speakers||Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer|