Jebediah-Jebediaries (2000)

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Released 11-Dec-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Audio
Music Video-Animal-Live
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time ?
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Various
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Brett Mitchell
Kevin Mitchell
Chris Daymond
Vanessa Thornton
Case Amaray Variant
RPI $29.95 Music Jebediah


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 No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    After borrowing Jebediah's first album from a friend, and listening to it rather frequently, I became a fan of Jebediah. They are a great Australian band playing light alternative (well that's what I classify it as - any other ideas?) music. Based in Perth, the band started playing gigs in 1995 and have been going strong ever since except for their second album, which lead singer Kevin describes as falling into the "second album syndrome".

    This DVD is mainly a collection of the band's greatest hits in video clip form, but in between songs it is also a documentary. These sections of the feature are quite interesting and kept my attention at all times.

    There is also a bonus track accessible from the main menu. This track is Animal (live), although it sounded very similar to the studio version. Maybe that is just Jebediah's way - not to alter the sound of their music in the studio, unlike other artists.

    Jebediah: Jebediaries is a great disc for fans, but it doesn't have too much over the VHS version in terms of content, which is a bit of a disappointment.

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Track Listing

1. Jerks of Attention
2. Leaving Home
3. Military Strongman
4. Teflon
5. Harpoon
6. Star Machine
7. Animal
8. Feet Touch The Ground
9. In Orbit (Live)
10. Please Leave

Transfer Quality

Video

    A very problematic transfer accompanies this disc, though this could be blamed on source materials.

    The transfer is presented in varying aspect ratios with the predominant aspect ratio being 1.33:1. The disc is not 16x9 enhanced at any point.

    When I first started up the disc and the opening segments started, the video quality was acceptable for this type of DVD. It had clearly been shot on video and a couple of minor problems existed, too small to mention here. The first clip played (Leaving Home) and grain and chroma noise became apparent. Even though the video quality was a step down from the documentary segments it was still watchable. Then Military Strongman played and I cringed. The clip looked awful; even worse than VHS. All types of artefacts were present, some that I had never seen before. This had to have been from very quality poor source materials, as there is no way a transfer could be botched this badly. From then on the clips were decent but still had some slight imperfections, with Animal (not the live version) being the best quality.

    Colour was rather bland, though I'm not sure if this was a fault in the mastering or inherent in the transfer's content. Some of the clips were very dark too, though they were the live ones, and this was not unexpected.

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Audio

    The audio transfer isn't problematic like the video transfer but isn't up to scratch either.

    There is only one audio track on this disc being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 mix, encoded at 224Kb/s.

    No problems are apparent with this side of the disc, however, while listening to it I noticed that even at high volumes, there was no real kick to the music. This may be a mastering problem or may have to do with the style of music that Jebediah plays. Either way, I was slightly disappointed. Bass was very shallow, too.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    For a music disc like this one, extras aren't really expected. That holds true for this disc, although we do get a bonus track.

Menu

    A static menu with one of the tracks from the disc playing in the background. The two choices are Play All or Choose A Song.

Bonus Track - Animal (Live)

    What is the point of having a track already on the disc as a bonus track? The only difference is that this is a live version of Animal. The quality is comparable to the rest of the clips though grain does stand out a lot more in this one.

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 unavailable in R1.

Summary

    Jebediaries was a light look into Jebediah as a band and also showcased some of their better work.

    The video presentation on this disc is sub-par.

    The audio quality should have been better - it was missing that certain something.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Thursday, January 18, 2001
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