|Category||Music||Main Menu Audio and Animation|
|Running Time||83:59 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.||Stand||10.||It's The End Of The World As We Know It|
|2.||The One I Love||11.||Pop Song 89|
|3.||These Days||12.||Fall On Me|
|4.||Turn You Inside-Out||13.||You Are The Everything|
|5.||World Leader Pretend||14.||Begin The Begin|
|6.||Feeling Gravity's Pull||15.||King Of Birds|
|7.||I Believe||16.||Finest Worksong|
|8.||I Remember California||17.||Perfect Circle|
What exactly needs to be said here? This includes some of their finest songs from their earlier period and gems such as Stand, The One I Love, It's The End Of The World As We Know It, Pop Song 89 and Finest Worksong obviously stand out, but there really is nothing here that could be considered any worse than good.
R.E.M. fans can rush out and add this one to their collection, but others may well be advised to review this one first to see if it suits their tastes.
The concert is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and obviously is not 16x9 enhanced.
Shot in Super 8, the transfer reflects a wide variance in sharpness and definition, but overall is at best mediocre, and at worst is extremely diffuse. Detail is in general pretty average too, but often descending to very poor. As suggested, there is a significant grain problem throughout the transfer, probably a reflection of the Super 8 film stock, and the resultant image is anything but clear. There was the hint of some low level noise on a couple of occasions, but nothing too distracting. However it has to be made clear that once again, the problems here are source material related and not the result of DVD mastering problems.
The colours are all over the place in the transfer, with absolutely no consistency whatsoever. Significant parts of the transfer are in black and white, but it is not really good black and white. Presumably, the way the film has been processed is a deliberate choice, but the result is a black and white image that really is not at all good - ill-defined and lacking any great depth to the tones. The colours range from woefully washed out through to oversaturated. Overall, the colours are very poor which is not helped by some of the more intense stage lighting effects, particularly one that causes horrendous wash-out problems in the transfer.
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 generally come up well in the soundtrack, although I have to confess to be being just a little disappointed in the overall quality of the soundtrack. It suffers a little from a couple of noticeable instances of distortion in the sound. Whilst the effect is quite mild, the fact that it is noticeable distracts somewhat.
As a result of the composition of the video, there are significant audio sync problems with the transfer, but nothing can be done about that as it is an inherent problem in the source material.
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, albeit not a very good compact disc. The main issue I have is that
the overall sound is just a little flat and lifeless for much of the programme.
Accordingly, the great music just does not shine the way I would have expected.
Nonetheless, the quality of the music tends to fight its way over the lack
of dynamics in the soundtrack, and this broadly speaking is an enjoyable
enough audio experience.
|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|