|Year Released||1991||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||60:42 Minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Vision Australia
Michael "Flea" Balzary
|RRP||$39.95||Music||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||None|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Linear PCM Stereo 48/16 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Colour was non-existent, and as a result, bright lights often show as a variable white field that is quite distracting and annoying. MPEG artefacts did not occur, which is understandable given that there is only sixty minutes of footage present and the transfer rate of the DVD constantly hovers around nine Mb/s. Some minor aliasing occurred, but it was mostly hidden by the fact that it occurred in brightly lit fields that were reduced to an indistinct white blur by the limited colour spectrum. Video artefacts consisted of flares, grain, white blotches, and any other sign that the source material had been buried in soft mud for three months that you care to name.
The subtitles are non-existent, which is a problem because of the loss of some voices under background noise such as passing cars, but more on that in a second.
Audio sync was never a problem at any time in the transfer, which makes it appear more logical to assume that the source material was recorded using your garden-variety camcorder. The music contained on this disc is mostly written by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with the exception of some music that was inserted in post-production from artists such as Led Zeppelin. The disappointing thing is that no song is allowed to continue for more than a couple of minutes, which is dreadfully annoying. Having real music videos interspersed with the actual recording processes instead of the band talking crap would have made this video so much better.
This is a DVD with a PCM stereo mix, which is all I need to say about the non-existent surround presence. Both the surround channels and the subwoofer went off into the corner and felt the depressing effect of being unused.
The video quality is as good as you'd expect from a DVD that was most likely sourced from a Betacam source tape. It's an absolute mess with no rhyme nor reason, and combined with the entertainment value, this is unacceptable on VHS, let alone DVD.
The audio quality during the actual songs is just like listening to the BloodSugarSexMagik album on CD. It would have been even nicer if just one song was presented in its entirety. However, the difficulty in making out Anthony Keidis' speech when he talks about what led him to write the song that made him and his band famous is unforgivable.
The most hoped-for extra, the actual music videos that were used to promote the album and the singles, has been left off like any other you could imagine.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), 4:3 mode, using composite and S-video inputs|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Speakers||Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Sharp CP-303A Back Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Subwoofer|