Yes-Greatest Video Hits (1991) (NTSC)

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Released 17-Feb-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music None
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 1991
Running Time 73:32
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michael McNamara
Studio
Distributor
ATCO Video
Warner Vision
Starring Jon Anderson
Chris Squire
Trevor Rabin
Tony Kaye
Alan White
Steve Howe
Rick Wakeman
Trevor Horn
Geoff Downes
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Yes


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, additional interview segment with Rick Wakeman

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Plot Synopsis

    This appears to be a collection of old music videos and concert excerpts, spliced together with more recent (circa 1991) interview segments captured of the band prior to a concert held at the Pensacola Civic Centre, Pensacola, Florida.

    I am assuming that the interview segments have been taken on the band's 1991 reunion tour, as it features an expanded list of band members spanning through the years. These include:

    This collection of music videos was previously released on VHS, then subsequently on laserdisc, and now has been re-released on DVD. I suspect only the die-hard fan would really want this title. The interview segments, where various band members tell anecdotes regarding the songs and the music videos, are of some interest.

    The music videos are presented in chronological order, and it was interesting to see how the band line-up has changed over the years from the 1970s to the late 1980s. Some of the music videos - particularly Tempus Fugit, Into The Lens, Hold On and I've Seen All Good People - appear to be excerpts from concert performances rather than "true" MTV-style music videos. It was interesting also to see that the band's penchant for imaginative video editing in their music videos started early, as Don't Kill The Whale featured a video image of the band performing the song superimposed on film footage of whales.

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Track Listing

1. Wonderous Stories
2. Don't Kill the Whale
3. Madrigal
4. Tempus Fugit
5. Into The Lens
6. Hold On
7. Leave It
8. It Can Happen
9. Owner of a Lonely Heart
10. Rhythm of Love
11. Love Will Find a Way
12. I've Seen All Good People

Transfer Quality

Video

    Apart from the opening titles and Owner Of A Lonely Heart, which are 1.78:1 letterboxed, the entire video is in full frame. The video format is NTSC, as the feature was produced and edited in the United States.

    The opening music video, Wonderous Stories, appear to be sourced from a film print (presumably 16mm) and suffer from a number of film marks and scratches. The next two tracks (Don't Kill The Whale and Madrigal) contain video footage superimposed on film. The rest of the music videos appear to be taken from video sources, and the condition of the video ranges from poor to acceptable.

    There are numerous instances of video artefacts such as glitches due to analogue tape dropouts, a few combing errors (particularly for composite scenes that were edited by superimposing one video image onto another), microphony and overmodulation. These artefacts are most likely embedded in the source and not due to the DVD transfer, hence there is probably nothing much that can be done about them.

    The interview segments with the band members have a much cleaner image and appear to have been captured on a video camera.

    Interestingly, there is an English subtitle track available. It seems to be active for the interview segments but doesn't transcribe the lyrics of songs sung in the music videos.

    This is single sided single layered disc.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There is only one audio track on this disc: English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s).

    The quality of the audio track is probably about as good as you are going to get given the age of the video and film sources. Compared to a CD, the audio quality seemed to be midrange-centric, lacking extreme low and high frequencies.

    The audio for Track 3 (Madrigal) is rather poor and suffers from frequent drop-outs and distortion.

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Extras

    There are no extras.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 and 4 releases appear to be similar.

Summary

    Yes - Greatest Video Hits is a collection of music video and concert excerpts together with interview segments with the band members.

    The video transfer quality is acceptable, however the source material ranges from poor to mediocre.

    The audio transfer quality is also acceptable, but again the source material is mediocre.

    There are no extras.

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Friday, July 11, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-2900, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
SpeakersFront and surrounds: B&W CDM7NT, front centre: B&W CDMCNT, surround backs: B&W DM601S2, subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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