Rose Tattoo-Live (Boggo Road Jail) (1990)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||1990|
|Running Time||53:32 (Case: 65)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Chris Fitz-Gibbon|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
|1. Out Of This Place|
2. Bad Boy For Love
3. Assault & Battery
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
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
Make no mistake, this is almost as bare as they come.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
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.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-525, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Denon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete|
|Speakers||Orpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.|