Superjoint Ritual-Live in Dallas, TX 2002 (2002)

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Released 18-Mar-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Music Video-The Alcoholik
Music Video-F**k Your Enemy
Gallery-Photo-random band pics
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 52:28 (Case: 60)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Thomas Mignone
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Phil Anselmo
Jimmy Bower
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Superjoint Ritual


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (1536Kb/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

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    Superjoint Ritual features vocalist Phil Anselmo of metal bands Pantera and Down (among many others) and Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod, Corrosion Of Conformity and also of Down. This band has been a long time coming - I remember hearing of them back in the early 90s but no album was recorded until late last year. Has it been worth the wait, you ask? I've been a fan of Pantera since their Cowboys From Hell days, and Down even more so, but I'd never heard Superjoint until today. I put this disc into my player with no idea what I was about to hear, and it turned out I was far from disappointed. This band is great. The songs have speed, groove, melody, aggression and enough hard rock grit to make them very listenable. I liked the performance so much I went out to my local record store and bought their recent effort, Use Once and Destroy.

    Superjoint Ritual's sound differs from Anselmo's other projects - he appears to be covering all bases in the metal field, apart from 'new metal' - Pantera is power metal, Down borders on stoner rock and Viking Crown is plain death metal, but Superjoint has a definite post-punk feel similar to early Black Flag or Bad Brains. The songs are short, fast and punchy. Even the appearance of the band doesn't compare to any of his other projects, with two members sporting long dreadlocks!

    This show was filmed in Dallas, Texas in 2002. The venue is small and the vibe of the gig is very intimate.

    Sadly, the flow of the live performance is disrupted by pre-recorded interview segments between songs, and personally I don't really care to hear what Phil Anselmo has to say at the best of times. (Anybody who saw Pantera on their last tour would know exactly what I mean.) These would have been more appropriate as an extra rather than in the feature itself.

    Superjoint Ritual's new album A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred is to be released in July 2003 and I'm actually looking forward to hearing more from this band.

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Track Listing

1. It Takes No Guts
2. The Alcholik
3. F**k Your Enemy
4. Everyone Hates Everyone
5. 4 Songs
6. Drug Your Love
7. Haunted Hated
8. Antifaith
9. Ozena
10. Starvation Trip
11. Superjoint Ritual

Transfer Quality

Video

    One problem with this video transfer is that it can't decide what to be. The feature is clearly 16x9 enhanced but it isn't flagged as such, so the displayed picture is a vertically stretched full frame. I corrected it manually by switching my display to 16x9 and was satisfied with this until the first interview segment was displayed as 1.78:1 full frame (non-16x9 enhanced). This disc is obviously intended to be viewed in 1.33:1 full frame at all times, but the vertically stretched picture irritated me no end. I would suggest owners of widescreen displays manually switch to 16x9 for this DVD.

    There is some really terrible grain throughout the transfer (pick any scene) resulting in a complete lack of sharpness. Horrid interlacing appears from beginning to end (probably due to its NTSC origin), also moire effects (47:30) and some text book examples of macro blocking (20:40, 46:23). The only redeeming feature of this transfer is its lack of film artefacts.

    There are no subtitles available on this disc.

    I should also point out that the case lists this title as being All Region coded, but the disc is in fact only Region 4 coded.

    For a DVD that was so recently produced my expectations were much higher. And then there's the audio............

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Audio

    I never thought so early in my reviewing career that I would be forced to give thumbs down to a dts track. Prepare yourselves, this could get messy.

    There are three audio tracks to choose from on this DVD. The default is Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), the others being Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s) and dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s). I listened to all three in their entirety.

    The dialogue was clear at all times, although I'd be lying if I said I could understand every lyric. If you listen to any popular music nowadays you'll know what I mean. There were no apparent audio sync issues.

    Disappointingly, the Dolby 5.1 and dts tracks showed almost no rear activity. Apart from some rare echo effects, these soundtracks were totally frontal. Also frustratingly, the dts track has been mastered at least 8 dB quieter than the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Even more baffling, the Dolby Digital 2.0 track is by far the loudest of the three, being 5 dB louder than the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. When cranked to equal volume, the dts track still didn't cut the mustard, having none of the depth, brightness or presence of either of the Dolby Digital soundtracks, particularly the Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

    There is also a loud, distracting click at 33:18. It is evident on all three audio tracks.

    The subwoofer was very active, especially during the Dolby Digital 5.1 track, accentuating the kick drum and bass guitar quite well.

     The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is my pick of the three tracks on this occasion. Commiserations to my fellow dts lovers.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The menu is silent and static, and is not 16x9 enhanced.

Music Videos

    Two music videos are included, The Alcoholik (2:33) and F*** Your Enemy (1:43). They are both presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), 1.33:1 full frame. The Alcoholik is particularly hilarious and reminiscent of the old Suicidal Tendencies videos we used to see on Rage many years ago.

Photo Gallery

    A collection of 23 photos to flick through using your remote.

R4 vs R1

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

   Apart from PAL / NTSC differences, this title appears to be identical across all regions.

Summary

    This is a great band, and despite this sad DVD effort I purchased their recent album Use Once and Destroy. I still can't understand how bands could put so much money and time into the production of an album, and then put their name to an obviously sub-standard DVD.

    The video quality is very bad to say the least.

    The audio mix is almost totally frontal and the varying tracks suffer from noticeable mastering inconsistencies, including one of the most lame dts tracks I've ever heard.

    The extras are standard fare, but nice all the same.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Tuesday, May 13, 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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