Rose Tattoo-Live (Boggo Road Jail) (1990)

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Released 3-Mar-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 53:32 (Case: 65)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Chris Fitz-Gibbon

Warner Vision
Starring Angry Anderson
Peter Wells
Mick Cocks
Geordie Leach
Paul DeMarco
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Rose Tattoo

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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 Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Rose Tattoo is a band that has had its share of line-up changes over the years (even by Deep Purple's standards), so it was not surprising when core members Angry Anderson, Peter Wells, Geordie Leech, and Mick Cocks reunited for a tour in 1993 after being offered the support slot for a little band called Guns & Roses.

    Live from Boggo Road Jail (also known as Jailhouse Rock) was recorded on that tour, and captures one of Australia's best blues-rock bands in great form. The performances are energetic and the musicianship is spot-on, as one would expect from a band of this calibre. Although I'm not a particularly big fan of these guys, this really would have been a great gig to see in person.

    I decided to enlist the second opinion of a dedicated Rose Tattoo fan (my mate, Dean). He actually saw them on this tour and recalled to me at length how much he loved the show. It was very interesting to hear his point of view, and he couldn't rave enough about this DVD (bear in mind he is less concerned with the transfer than I am). His main issue with the show was that they only played songs from their first 2 albums, Rose Tattoo and Assault & Battery, although they do manage to belt out an almost unrecognisable cover of the Rolling Stones' Street Fighting Man. These first two albums are regarded by fans to be the best era of Rose Tattoo, indicating that this tour (and DVD) were aimed at older fans of the original Rose Tattoo line-up. Putting their 1993 reunion into perspective, I understood how great this must have been for fans back then.

    The show is quite dated to watch (you could play a great spot-the-mullet drinking game) and for this reason probably won't appeal to younger fans of hard rock. People who recall pub rock the way it used to be played (sweaty and non-politically correct), and before live pub bands were replaced with reams of poker machines, will certainly enjoy revisiting this piece of Aussie history.

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Track Listing

1. Out Of This Place
2. Bad Boy For Love
3. Assault & Battery
4. Tramp
5. The Butcher & Fast Eddy
6. Rock 'n' Roll Is King
7. Street Fighting Man
8. Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw
9. One Of The Boys
10. Nice Boys
11. Going Down

Transfer Quality


    Simply put, this video transfer bears examples of some of the most distractingly awful artefacts I have ever witnessed on our beloved format.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.

    There are some brief moments of sharpness and detail in the feature, but they are very few and far between. Excessive grain dominates the transfer from beginning to end, being particularly accentuated during shots of the audience (0:40, 31:06, 45:00).

    Colours were surprisingly vibrant on occasion, thanks to the very bright stage lighting, but they were marred by frequent chroma noise on the stage backdrop (42:46).

    In almost every guitar string, cable or even microphone stand (0:52, 2:55, 30:02) are some of the most distracting examples of aliasing ever. One wonders if the authors of this release even watched their handiwork.

    Also evident is a very ugly and distracting analogue tape error, which covers the entire screen (43:55). The source of this transfer could very possibly have been somebody's dusty old VHS tape. There could have been film artefacts present, but I couldn't see past the grain.

    There are no subtitles, although they would be very handy when trying to understand Angry Anderson's between song banter.

    This is a single layered disc, hence there is no RSDL change.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The only track on offer is English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s) and as far as live mixes go it's an average effort, with all instruments being easily discernable from each other.

    Background vocals were occasionally too dominant over the main vocal, but this only occurred on a few brief occasions.

    There were some audio sync issues, particularly at 38:19. I'm not sure if this is an overdub or editing fault. Vocals are prominent in the mix, and as with most rock acts one cannot always understand the lyrics word for word.

    Since this is a 2.0 soundtrack, the surround channels were not used.

    Low frequencies were certainly lacking - my subwoofer barely twitched at all.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Make no mistake, this is almost as bare as they come.


    An audio clip (Dolby Digital 2.0) from the feature is played over the main menu which is static and is not 16x9 enhanced.


    A four page bio of the band, describing the various line-up changes over the years and the group's recent new album 25 To Life.

R4 vs R1

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

    There is no release of this title elsewhere.


    Live from Boggo Road Jail is an energetic performance (albeit dated) from a bastion of Aussie hard rock, and one that fans of Rose Tattoo or other blues/rock acts such as AC/DC will love. However, do yourself a favour and don't expect too much from this one.

    I have 20 year old VHS tapes with better video quality than what is on offer here.

    The audio is a standard stereo mix that lacks any real bass.

    Apart from a brief bio, the extras are virtually non-existent.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Saturday, May 10, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.

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