Stomp Out Loud (1997)

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Released 2-Aug-1999

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Production Notes
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Brooms
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 60:17
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Luke Cresswell
Steve McNicholas
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Luke Cresswell
Nick Dwyer
Sarah Jayne Eddy
Theseus Gerard
Fraser Morrison
Carl Smith
David Olrod
Fiona Wilkes
Case Top Button
RPI $39.95 Music Stomp


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

    If you haven't heard about Stomp before, this disc would be a good place to start. It is Stomp Out Loud, a live recording of Stomp sketches mixed in with pre-taped sections to create somewhat of a coherent musical...without a plot that is.

    Stomp are a group of people who have something in common - rhythm. They create rhythms by hitting, shaking, slamming and otherwise using all sorts of things, none of them being actual musical instruments. It is amazing to hear the sounds that can be made to emanate from 10 ordinary brooms! The group has several international casts, with the one on this disc being a mix of the US and UK groups.

     Most of the sketches vary from good to great, especially Poles, but one I really didn't like was Waterphonics, which I found to be simply uninteresting. The live stage performances were recorded twice back to back with the same audience and then mixed together.

    Stomp Out Loud presents a different style of music that is somewhat of an acquired taste. If you like Stomp then you should definitely check out this disc.

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Track Listing

1. Suspension
2. The Truck
3. Brooms (Stage)
4. Shack (1)
5. Basketballs
6. Kitchen
7. Waterphonics
8. Tea Towels
9. Shack (2)
10. Buckets
11. Poles
12. Shack (3)
13. Alley/Bins
14. Encore
15. Brooms (Short Film)

Transfer Quality

Video

    This is only a passable transfer, most likely due to bad source material, however, there are no major problems.

    Stomp Out Loud is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is rather soft, with the image being slightly better than television quality, but only barely. Shadow detail is lacking in most of the scenes, especially during Poles. Black level isn't all that great either, with several grey areas appearing in areas that should have been black. Low level noise is apparent in some scenes. This transfer was most likely sourced from video, which is probably the reason for these problems.

    Colours were not at all vibrant throughout the feature, except during the opening scene (Suspension). In this scene, colours were somewhat brighter than in the rest of the sketches, but they still had no impact overall.

    MPEG artefacts were present through the feature, but were not too distracting. Aliasing was not a problem except for one of the stage scenes when excessive shimmer was exhibited in some background shutters. Film artefacts were non-existent - another reason to suggest that this was shot on video.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    This is a nice 5.1 channel mix using several directional and surround effects. It has been upmixed from a Dolby Surround track as the opening credits show.

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The other audio track is an MPEG 2.0 mix. I listened to both tracks.

    Although there was no dialogue in the feature, the center channel was still clear and well-defined.

    The music presented by Stomp is varied and entertaining. Relying on sticks and other hitting devices, clever beats and rhythms are engineered and then let loose.

    The surround channels were used mainly for the audience and ambience, which sounded good. The surrounds had a mono feel about them since not many directional effects were used.

    The .1 LFE channel was fairly limited in its use, although this is understandable since the music Stomp is creating doesn't have a really large bass component about it.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    This disc carries a text-based set of extras, giving some insight into Stomp as a group. They are good if you can get through them.

Menu

    This is a static menu with the cover art as the background. It is a functional enough design, but some type of animation is always welcome.

Notes

    All of these extras are textual, giving information on things such as the background of Stomp, the creators and members of the group, past shows and commercials. The two Making Of entries are still textual, but give you some interesting tidbits of information on the creation of the specials such as the Tea Towel sketch (Chapter 8) which could only be done once.

Featurette-Brooms

    As a bonus, included on this disc at Chapter 15 is the Academy Award-nominated short film "Brooms". This is presented at around 1.90:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

R4 vs R1

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

    The only difference between the R1 and R4 versions of this DVD is the format of the 2.0 channel mixes. The R4 version features a 2.0 MPEG audio track and the R1 version features a 2.0 Linear PCM track. The 5.1 tracks are the same across both discs. There really is nothing significant to pick between these two discs.

Summary

    Stomp Out Loud is an entertaining DVD that I am hooked on.

    The video is decent but could have been better.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are not really extras, but rather reference material for Stomp fans like me.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-626D, using Component output
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