|Category||Music||Main Menu Audio and Animation|
|Running Time||48:54 minutes|
Warner Vision Australia
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||English||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, during and after credits|
|1.||Losing My Religion|
|2.||Shiny Happy People|
|3.||Near Wild Heaven|
|5.||Love Is All Around|
|6.||Losing My Religion (acoustic)|
|9.||Half A World Away|
This is another collection of great songs from a great band. This is also another DVD that R.E.M. fans can rush out and add to their collections, and there is enough atypical R.E.M. DVD here to even pique the interest of non-fans.
The concert is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and obviously is not 16x9 enhanced.
The first two songs are actually very decent, professionally-done videos of broadcast quality. They are sharp and detailed, with just the odd intended lapse to make sure you know you are watching an R.E.M. video. The next two songs start the descent into the typical R.E.M. appearance, not especially well-detailed and certainly not sharp, but still better than decent. Love Is All Around is a vastly different style as it is actually from the MTV Unplugged show. This is very sharp and well-detailed. The acoustic version of Losing My Religion was recorded on the BBC Late Night Show, and is also much better than the usual R.E.M. effort - although not as good as the MTV effort. Thereafter, the videos are shot on Super 8, and display the usual lack of sharpness and definition that we have come to expect from such material. This material displays the usual lack of detail and presents something of a consistently diffuse image. There is a significant grain problem throughout these transfers, once again reflecting the Super 8 film stock, and the resultant images are in general anything but clear. The usual caveat of any problems being source material problems applies once again.
The colours are again all over the place in the transfer, with the first two videos and the TV show-sourced material being significantly different in style. They are nicely saturated and have a nice vibrancy to them, as befits the intended use of the material. The rest of the programme is a range of black and white and colour material that is significantly undersaturated. If you are looking for some great colour then you will not find it here, a characteristic of the R.E.M. material that has appeared on DVD thus far.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts
in the transfer. There did not appear to be any significant film-to-video
artefacts in the transfer. There were no real film artefacts noted.
The music and vocals come up very well in the soundtrack.
There are no significant audio sync problems with the transfer, although a couple of times Shiny Happy People seemed to be a little out of sync.
The soundtrack made makes no use at all of the surround
channels, nor the bass channel, and this is just like listening to a compact
disc, and a quite decent one too. There simply is nothing much wrong with
this soundtrack at all, other than the fact that it is not a Dolby Digital
5.1 soundtrack. The great music on offer here gets every chance to shine,
and in general it does.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
7th October 2000
|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|