|Year Released||1996||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||90:15 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Vision Australia
|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||Yes, in credits|
This is a concert video compiled from three nights at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia in November, 1995.
The concert is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
The transfer reflects a wide variance in sharpness and definition, but overall is quite poor. At times though, especially with long shots of the stage, this demonstrates an almost perfectly sharp image with glorious definition. Detail at times is quite poor and apart from some short segments, the transfer is anything but clear. There was the hint of some low level noise on a number of occasions, although this may have actually been even more serious grain problems for at least one camera was producing an horrendously grainy image. It should be clearly understood that the problems are source material problems and not DVD mastering problems.
The colours are all over the place in the transfer, with absolutely no consistency whatsoever. The colours range from woefully washed out through to gloriously saturated. Overall, the colours are very poor which is not helped by some of the most extremely intense stage lighting effects that causes horrendous problems in the transfer. Flare is a reasonably common problem here.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer, but there were some minor film-to-video artefacts, mainly aliasing. There were no real film artefacts noted, perhaps indicative of the fact that most of the concert appears to be from a video source not a film source.
The music and vocals came up very well in the soundtrack, and this makes the DVD worthwhile indeed.
Audio sync did not appear to be a DVD problem.
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, and it represents a glorious record of the band in concert.
Nothing wrong with the video transfer, apart from the very problematic source material.
A damn good audio transfer.
A non-existent extras package.
© Ian Morris
28th 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|