1 Giant Leap (2002)

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Released 15-Oct-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category New Age Menu Animation & Audio
Programmable Track Selection
Music Video-Braided Hair
Music Video-My Culture
Featurette-Explore (29)
Active Subtitle Track-Explore
Booklet
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 125:14 (Case: 155)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Jamie Catto
Duncan Bridgeman
Studio
Distributor

Festival Mushroom
Starring Dennis Hopper
Neneh Cherry
Brian Eno
Kurt Vonnegut
Robbie Williams
Maxi Jazz
Baaba Maal
Case Click
RPI $37.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
Spanish
German
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    1 Giant Leap is a musical collaboration by various artists from around the globe that is integrated with a number of spoken word segments.

    Jamie Catto from band Faithless and producer Duncan Bridgeman set out to explore the things that unite all people and show how these common traits far outweigh our superficial differences. To highlight these unifying factors, the pair travelled around the globe talking to a range of artists and prominent individuals about their views on a range of subjects. During their journey, the pair carried a portable recording studio, laptop computer and digital camera. Using this equipment, artists around the world were able to build upon the work of previous participants by listening to their work and blending it with their own.

    The project divides the views of the different participants into the following sections and this is how they are presented on the DVD.

    When watching the DVD, the viewer has the option of either viewing each individual topic separately in chapter mode, viewing all segments sequentially in loop mode or selecting your own order for the segments in jukebox mode.

    Unfortunately, this disc only very lightly touches upon the issues it sets out to cover so viewers expecting an in-depth documentary style presentation will be disappointed, but if you enjoyed the audio CD for this project or like world music in general you should definitely check out this disc.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is very sharp throughout but an occasional scene, such as during Faith at 3:50 and Inspiration at 0:34, will appear obviously softer. These variations in sharpness are never distracting.

    The varied natural colour palette displayed during the transfer always appears well saturated and accurately reproduced at all times.

    A small number of minimal MPEG artefacts may be seen during the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 0:16 during Masks, 3:56 during Faith and at 1:35 and 5:31 during Blasphemy. An obvious instance of significant macro-blocking may be seen at 6:21 during Sex - this particular artefact is quite disruptive.

    A significant number of aliasing artefacts may be seen during the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 2:03 and 8:55 during Time, at 4:01 and 6:24 during Masks, at 3:27 and 6:46 during Money and at 2:33, 2:57 and 5:06 during Confrontation. Due to their frequency, these artefacts are moderately disturbing. Some minor examples of moiré artefacts may be seen at 9:53 and 10:09 during Time.

    As the program was shot on digital camera, the only film artefacts seen during the transfer occur during some short segments utilizing stock footage, such as at 2:39 during Time.

    Two examples of cross coloration artefacts may be seen at 6:30 and 6:37 during Sex.

    White English, French, German and Spanish subtitles are included for the spoken work sections of the transfer. I sampled the English stream and found it to be constantly accurate.

    The layer change occurs between the segments and consequently is undetectable to the viewer.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 and Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 soundtracks are provided for the main program. I listened to both tracks in full and found them to both be of high quality.

    The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand at all times.

    Two small instances of static may be heard during Faith at 3:13 and 5:21 in both the 5.1 and 2.0 tracks but this is not disruptive. No problems with audio sync were detected at any time during the transfer.

    The surround and LFE channels are used aggressively throughout the transfer to create an enveloping soundfield. In the surround mix, the spoken word dialogue is placed exclusively in the centre channel allowing viewers the option of disabling this speaker to hear a music-only mix.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Music Video: Braided Hair (3:59)

    This music video is presented with Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 and Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 audio tracks. The video is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.00:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced. English, French, German and Spanish subtitles are provided for the short spoken word segments during the clip.

Music Video: My Culture (6:38)

    This music video is presented with Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 and Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 audio tracks. The video is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.88:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced. English, French, German and Spanish subtitles are provided for the short spoken word segments during the clip.

Explore Subtitles

    This is an interactive subtitle stream that when activated will display an icon on-screen at various points. If the viewer hits Enter on their remote at these points they are taken to a short segment of behind-the-scenes footage. The same footage may also be viewed by selecting the Explore option on the main menu. This additional footage is divided into the following four locations: Africa (12:51), India (8:03), Australasia (4:19), and America / Europe (8:27). This footage is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 soundtrack.

Credits (6:19)

    This is a set of credits for the production and each of the various artists and bands involved. These credits are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 and Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 soundtracks.

Booklet

    A forty page booklet is included that contains quotes from the various personalities interviewed as well as some minimal background information on the different musical participants. In addition to these quotes, the booklet includes a complete set of credits for each of the different parts of the project and a short collection of travel notes from around the world.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Both versions of this DVD appear to be identical and I therefore would have no preference for either version.

Summary

    1 Giant Leap is an entertaining musical project that will be enjoyed by any fan of world music.

    The video transfer is acceptable but the lack of 16x9 enhancement is disappointing.

    Both audio tracks included on this disc are of high quality and should be enjoyed by all viewers.

    The small collection of extras provides a minimal insight into the making of this project.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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