Staind-MTV Unplugged (2001)

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Released 5-Feb-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Music Video-Mudshovel; Fade; Outside; Epiphany
Featurette-Unplugged Interview
Featurette-Fade-Behind The Scenes
Discography
Web Links
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 51:13 (Case: 72)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Joe Demaio
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Johnny April
Aaron Lewis
Mike Mushok
Jon Wysocki
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Staind


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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 English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Staind have already dabbled in the acoustic realm with songs like Epiphany, so this excursion into Unplugged territory should be no surprise for fans. The four piece are joined on stage by Terry Balsamo of rock band Cold for most of the set, helping out on acoustic guitar.

    While the performance is solid and the musicianship is great, this Unplugged episode doesn't even remotely resemble the magic of Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Eric Clapton or Paul McCartney.

    Much of the set list is comprised of songs from the band's hit album Break The Cycle, with only two tracks coming from their previous album, Dysfunctional. Since the band is fairly new and doesn't have a large catalogue of material, this collection of songs should please fans and newcomers alike. Stand out songs in the show for me were Waste, Can't Believe, Fade and Outside, which particularly seemed to translate well to the acoustic format.

    The performance is quite intimate, with a crowd of only a few hundred in attendance. The video direction is very tight, including plenty of fast editing and close-up shots of the band in action. Basically, if you have seen other Unplugged performances, you know what to expect visually.

    For those that are interested, Staind have a new album coming out in 2003 called 14 Shades of Grey.

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Track Listing

1. Home
2. Me
3. Pressure
4. Excess Baggage
5. Suffer
6. Waste
7. Epiphany
8. It's Been A While
9. Can't Believe
10. Fade
11. Outside

Transfer Quality

Video

    Made for television, this performance is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full screen.

    The picture is generally sharp throughout, exhibiting some good foreground detail. Shadow detail was well defined for a subdued, dimly lit performance. No low level noise was apparent.

    Colours were rich and showed no signs of colour bleeding. Rendition appeared consistent throughout the feature, and skin tones were true.

    Apart from some very minor compression artefacts being visible in the background, no MPEG artefacts were present. Film artefacts were non-existent. Aliasing popped up regularly on the guitar strings (3:01) but was not distracting to an extreme.

    Only English subtitles are available, and they seem to be accurately paced with the lyrics. The subtitles do not cover the between-song banter.

    Contrary to the packaging, this disc is not RSDL formatted, and is not All Region coded.

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Audio

    There are two audio options available; the default is English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s) and English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s) is optional.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand. I never had any problems understanding the lyrics. Audio sync was spot-on at all times.

    Surround activity was good. Acoustic guitars were often panned slightly to the rears, as well as some vocal echo effects. Crowd noise was panned equally between the front and rear.

    Subwoofer response was very good in the Dolby Digital 5.1 track, accentuating the kick drum and five string bass guitar quite well. The Dolby Digital 2.0 track was particularly lifeless, lacking any depth when compared to the Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

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Extras

Menu

    The main menu is animated with the band's logo and underscored with a short clip of Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

Music Videos- Mudshovel and Fade

    Both of these videos are presented in 1.33:1 full frame, with a particularly lame Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track, which lacks any real bass or volume. The video for Mudshovel has some profanity noticeably edited from the audio track. English subtitles are optional.

Music Videos- Outside and Epiphany

    These are presented in 1.78:1, but are not 16x9 enhanced. The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio is as lifeless on these as the other music videos. Epiphany features an appearance by actor Billy Zane.

Discography

    A discography covering all three of Staind's albums, complete with track listings, but sadly no song samples.

Featurette- Unplugged Interview

    Presented in 1.33:1, with some truly awful audio, the band is asked how they applied these songs to an acoustic format. English, French, German and Italian subtitles are available.

Featurette- Fade-Behind The Scenes

    Presented in 1.33:1, with similarly awful audio, the band discuss in-depth how they aren't in the music business to make videos and be superstars, but how being on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine is a dream come true. English, French, German and Italian subtitles are available.

Web Links

    Two links to Staind's official websites.

R4 vs R1

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

    Apart from the usual PAL / NTSC differences this disc appears to be identical across all regions.

Summary

    Staind: Unplugged is an average acoustic performance (albeit brief) with a good DVD presentation. Fans of the band will undoubtedly be rapt with this DVD.

    The video quality is good, though some minor compression artefacts are present.

    The audio is great, with considerable surround channel usage.

    The extras are genuine, but suffer in the audio department.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Monday, June 02, 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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Waste of useful disc space/poor audio track choices - Steve Horan (hi ho, hi ho, I have a crap bio) REPLY POSTED