|Year Released||1993||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||61:18 minutes||Other Extras||Menu Animation|
Warner Vision Australia
|Starring||The Artist Formerly Known As Prince|
|Case||Super Jewel Case|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||None|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Linear PCM 48/16, 1536 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Some of these videos are so old that I barely recall having ever seen them! Certainly I have not seen Uptown or I Wanna Be Your Lover before, but the rest are quite - okay, very - dimly familiar and it is a nice reminder to see them again, especially the very psychedelic Raspberry Beret, one of my favourite Prince tunes. It is quite amazing to return to these videos after a break of fifteen years, and to realize how quite tame they really are now. In their day, some of these were very controversial and created quite a storm on the likes of the old Countdown with Molly Meldrum. Boy am I showing my age now!
If you remember the innovative earlier albums of Prince such as Dirty Mind, 1999 and Around The World In Eighty Days, then this will really get the old memory working overtime.
The videos are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
The videos range in quality from poor (Uptown) to pretty good (Peach), therefore the transfer reflects a wide variance in sharpness and definition. Overall, it has to be said that sharpness and definition are not much better than average throughout, most especially noticeable in the softer focus of the videos. Detail at times is quite poor and none of the transfers are especially clear. There was the hint of some low level noise in a couple of the videos, but nothing too extreme.
The colours come up very variable in the transfer, but tend towards the muted end of the scale. Several videos show a tendency to over saturation of the colours, which is quite distracting. Flare is a common problem with the videos, but this is an inherent problem in the videos and not really a transfer problem. Obviously the more recent videos are far more acceptable than earlier videos as far as the colours go.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer, nor were there any significant film-to-video artefacts. What infrequent problems there were seemed to be a result of problems in the original source rather than mastering problems. There were no real film artefacts noted, perhaps indicative of the fact that most of these videos are from a video source not a film source.
The music and vocals came up very well in the soundtrack.
Audio sync did not appear to be a DVD problem, although there were the usual odd hints of lip synching mismatch inherent in the videos.
The soundtrack makes no use of the surround channels, nor the bass channel, and this is very much like listening to a compact disc, but with visuals as well. There is nothing much wrong with the soundtrack as it is.
A somewhat variable collection of video transfers.
A good audio transfer.
A non-existent extras package.
© Ian Morris
23rd November 1999
|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 EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|