Stomp Out Loud (1997)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Sarah Jayne Eddy
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English MPEG 2.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
2. The Truck
3. Brooms (Stage)
4. Shack (1)
8. Tea Towels
|9. Shack (2)|
12. Shack (3)
15. Brooms (Short Film)
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
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.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|