Kylie Minogue-Intimate and Live (1998)

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Released 16-Jul-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1998
Running Time 154:52
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (58:14) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Mark Adamson
Studio
Distributor
Worldstar
Festival Mushroom
Starring Kylie Minogue
Chong Lim
Stuart Fraser
Carl Mann
Joe Creighton
Angus Burchatt
James Mack
Lisa Edwards
Natalie Miller
Case Click
RPI $34.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, During end credits

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Plot Synopsis

    Well hasn't Kylie Minogue come a long way since she first starred in the TV Series “Neighbours” all those years ago? After leaving the show to concentrate on her musical career, she has gone from strength to strength and continues to take a larger and larger slice of the music pie.

    It was part intrigue and part like for some of her songs that made me put my hand up to review this particular title. Unfortunately, soon after putting this disc into the DVD player, any wisp of excitement was soon gone. This was not only from the high colour saturation in the concert, but the strict choreography was too robotic and left a show without the star revealing her true self. Now before you start beating down my Inbox with flame mail, this is not an attack on the girl but simply a concert style that did not agree with me. Personally, during those numerous times when she appears more “natural” onstage, such as with Robbie Williams and the like, she seems more relaxed and puts on a better performance because of it. This may well be the norm for Kylie's shows and that’s fine, it’s just that this is “not my bag, baby”, to coin a phrase.

    This particular concert, entitled "Intimate and Live" was filmed at The Capitol Theatre in Sydney on the night of July 1st, 1998. It features Kylie and the band doing a total of 21 songs together with an endless supply of men in pink hot pants.

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Track Listing

1. Too Far
2. What Do I Have To Do?
3. Some Kind Of Bliss
4. Put Yourself In My Place
5. Breathe
6. Take Me With You
7. I Should Be So Lucky
8. Dancing Queen
9. Dangerous Game
10. Cowboy Style
11. Step Back In Time
12. Say Hey
13. Free
14. Drunk
15. Did It Again
16. Limbo
17. Shocked
18. Confide In Me
19. Locomotion
20. Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
21. Better The Devil You Know

Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented in a full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and therefore there is no 16x9 enhancement.

    The transfer did have moments where it was very clear, generally for the close up camera shots of Kylie which were quite sharp. Band members are less detailed and the crowd tends to be out of focus quite often which leads me to speculate that this was inherent in the way the concert was captured and not due to any irregularities with the transfer. Shadow detail is quite acceptable, especially for a concert, where it is very challenging to find a happy medium between a great light show and being equally visible on video. There is no low level noise.

    The majority of this footage is badly affected by colour bleed and what appears to be minor chroma noise. This is most pronounced when the strong blue stage lighting is on and causes people and objects to be oversaturated by this particular shade of colour. The best examples can be seen at 50:12 and 50:38 where Kylie’s head is badly affected by the shades of blue spoiling any detail in the shot. There are some good points like the neon signs at 52:04 which show bright and colourful neon light.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Aliasing is also something that I was unable to detect in this transfer. Being a direct-to-video production, there are no film artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

    This disc is an RSDL disc, which has the unfortunate honour of being the first DVD to show a layer change on my Denon DVD-1600 player. It occurs at 58:14 and causes a dropout in sound as the crowd is cheering between songs. There are a few points during the concert where a brief animated graphical outline of Kylie walks across the screen and giggles. If the layer change had been placed at one of these points, I feel it would have masked or at least reduced this obvious layer transition.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. There is also an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack which I reviewed in its entirety. The stereo track was checked for some titles.

    The dialogue and lyrics were clear and easy to understand at all times.

    Audio sync was not a problem at all with this transfer, and was completely spot on.

    The surround channels were used for crowd ambience and for music. This is not an overly dynamic track with no extensive use of either high or low frequencies giving little depth to the sound in the midrange at least. The surrounds are not aggressively used and the majority of sound is output from the front sound stage.

    The subwoofer was active for some of the songs and did provide the necessary bass extension at the bottom end.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    There are no extras.

Menu

    The menu features the word Kylie with stars twinkling around the edges of the letters. It is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded audio underscore which loops every 41 seconds.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is not available in Region 1.

Summary

    As I stated previously, this is a concert that was not to my tastes and something that I did not personally enjoy. Perhaps down the track I will take another look at Kylie's concerts again.

    The video suffers from difficult colour saturation caused by the strong stage lights.

    This is not an audio track that you will use to show off your latest speaker purchase. It was acceptable and nice to listen to, but nothing better than that offered by her CDs.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Peter Mellor (read my bio)
Sunday, March 02, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-1600, using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Aconda 9381ZW. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersWhatmough Audiolabs Magnum M30 (Mains); M05 (Centre); M10 (Rears); Magnat Vector Needle Sub25A Active SubWoofer

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