Stevie Wright Band (Warner Vision) (1987)

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Released 24-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio
Biographies-Cast
Gallery-Photo
Interviews-Cast-Stevie Wright (Audio-Only)
Credits
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 1987
Running Time 75:23 (Case: 77)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Bob Potts
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Stevie Wright
Glenn GoldSmith
Dennis James
Eddie Boekelman
Mark Mitchell
Paul DeMarco
Lyndsay Hammond
Dey Chambers
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Interview 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

    Stevie Wright was the front man for the Easybeats in the '60s when he was known as a real wild man. He has led a varied career since those early days. From what I can tell from the date of this concert (1987), he must have formed the Stevie Wright Band soon after the 1986 concert tour by the temporarily reunited Easybeats. This particular concert was recorded at the Bridgeway Hotel in Adelaide in 1987.

    He is probably best known for Friday On My Mind (voted the Best Australian Song of All Time by his peers at the Australian Performing Rights Association awards), along with other hits such as She's So Fine and of course Evie. While the concert was filmed in the late eighties it has the feel of a seventies pub appearance. There are no props on the stage, a series of Par60 spotlights hanging overhead with various coloured gels, a simple light chaser and lots of energy. Everyone on stage, but in particular Stevie, puts one hundred percent into the performance and the sweat is dripping from the first song onwards.

    As you can see from the song list, all the favourites are here - they are just sung by someone a little bit older than they were when they wrote or first performed them.

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Track Listing

1. Hard Road
2. Guitar Band
3. I'll Make You Happy
4. Sorry
5. Wedding Ring
6. Brothers
7. My Kind Of Music
8. St. Louis
9. I've Been Loving You
10. Too Long To Stop Now
11. Friday On My Mind
12. Blak Eyed Bruiser
13. Evie Pt.1
14. Evie Pt.2
15. Evie Pt.3
16. You
17. She's So Fine

Transfer Quality

Video

     This is a fairly standard on-location video under difficult lighting conditions.

    The concert is presented at what is most probably its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    Sharpness varies in inverse proportion to the distance of the shot. Close-ups are reasonably sharp, actually a mite sharper than other video concerts I have seen recently, and distance shots are blurred. Motion is also affected by video blur. An example of this is just about any time Stevie is moving, such as at 6:44. Shadow detail is affected by the fact that the only lighting on the stage is the down spotlights and at times there is almost no lighting on the stage at all. All things considered it holds up as best it can. There is a very large amount of noise in this video signal which has triggered a lot of low level noise.

    Colours are again affected by the lighting and the noise. Colour saturation is reasonable and the skin tones are not too bad when a white light is shining on it.

    The bitrate and compression graphs are a little unusual for this title, with very little variation in the bitrate, but this does not appear to have led to any major problems with encoding. The video noise is very apparent throughout the concert. For example, look at the downlight that shows at 6:50. In the cone of light from the spot it looks like it is snowing. During the concert, a number of flash photos are taken from the audience. One interesting frame is at 5:59 where the flash and the video frame are out of sync and the lower part of the image is highlighted in one frame and the upper half in the next. This is not a fault per se, just an interesting coincidence.

    There are no subtitles on this single layered disc.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

     There are two soundtracks on this disc. The concert is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and a second Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack carries an audio radio interview with Stevie Wright that plays over the concert video but is not related directly to the video.

    Dialogue quality is pretty good overall and the audio is in sync.

    The music is a collection of songs which played at or near the top of the Australian charts in the sixties.

    There was no surround activity present.

    The subwoofer bounced along happily enough but could have been a bit more prominent in some songs.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
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Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

    Presented at 1.33:1, the menu is a still picture of Stevie from the concert with the menu on the left and the signature Stevie Wright Band right across the lower part of the screen. The audio is the song Sorry.

Biography

    Stevie Wright's very abbreviated biography in four pages of text. Presented at 1.33:1 and with no audio.

Picture Gallery (3:38)

    A series of pictures from the concert presented at 1.33:1 over a 3:38 period. The audio accompaniment is again the song Sorry. Each picture stays up for a long time (9-odd seconds).

Audio Interview (24:00)

    A radio interview with Stevie that was recorded on June 15th, 1987 in Adelaide. It plays over the top of the video footage of the concert but when it ends at 24-odd minutes into the concert, the audio simply goes quiet and the video continues to play though to the end of the concert.

R4 vs R1

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

     This disc appears to be only available in R4.

Summary

    Despite the rather poor video, this disc does have many songs on it that are burned into the minds (and ears) of those that attended concerts and pubs in the sixties and seventies. While I hadn't heard Friday On My Mind for many years, it only took the opening few bars to transport me back to those days.

    The video is poor but considering the conditions that it was recorded under it holds up as well as can be expected.

    The audio is a reasonable presentation of the songs.

    The interview is interesting. The other extras are not.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Terry McCracken (read my bio)
Friday, July 25, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDSkyworth 1050p progressive scan, using RGB output
DisplaySony 1252q CRT Projector, Screen Technics matte white screen 16:9 (223cm). Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.
AmplificationSony STR-DB1070
SpeakersB&W DM305 (mains); CC3 (centre); S100 (surrounds); custom Adire Audio Tempest with Redgum plate amp (subwoofer)

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