Take 40 Platinum (2003)

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Released 4-Jun-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Booklet
Main Menu Animation
CD
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 80:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Various
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring The Androids
Delta Goodrem
Kelly Rowland
Craig David
Jennifer Lopez
Kelly Osbourne
The Corrs
Darren Hayes
Britney Spears
Dido
Anastacia
Laura Pausini
Case Amaray-Transparent-S/C-Dual
RPI ? Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio Varies
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This is yet another in the ever-increasing list of music titles released by Sony Music featuring a compilation of artists. Unlike the Never Looked So Good series of budget discs, which contained just artists from the Sony Music stable, this disc features a more conventional setup, in that artists from other labels have been included under license. What results is a far more varied, far more professional, and far, far more competent selection of tracks and videos.

    It is named after the Take 40 radio program which airs each week right around the country on some 89 radio stations and has for many, many years been the radio equivalent of the ABC television music program Countdown . This disc is essentially a best of the best (well recent best anyway).

    It has been released as a two disc set, with one disc being a DVD featuring 21 videos, and a second disc a CD featuring 20 music tracks. It earns the platinum title from the fact that the featured artists have all achieved platinum status in Australia   The producers have committed to producing one Take 40 compilation every year, so this shouldn't be the last time we see one.

    There's a wide variety of artists featured in clips on the DVD disc. International acts such as Craig David, Anastacia, The Corrs, and Dido are joined by the big name Australian acts such as Delta Goodrem and Killing Heidi.

    The following videos are included on the DVD. For the CD track listing see the list in the extras section.

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Track Listing

1. Do It With Madonna
2. Born To Try
3. Stole
4. Nu Flow
5. The Ketchup Song
6. What's Your FLava
7. Wherever You Will Go
8. I'm Real
9. One Day In Your Life
10. Papa Don't Preach
11. U Don't Have To Call
12. Breathless
13. Bootylicious
14. Cherry Lips
15. Strange Relationships
16. The Tide Is High
17. Just Like A Pill
18. Weir
19. I Love Rock 'n' Roll
20. Here With We
21. Surrender

Transfer Quality

Video

    These are all reasonably recent videos, with the oldest being Killing Heidi's Weir, which was made in 2000. So as expected they are all pretty much free from serious imperfection and are bright and quite colourful.

    There are a variety of aspect ratios present in this transfer, but all are not 16x9 enhanced.

    There is grain in some videos, but its appearance appears to be an artistic decision. There are no issues with edge enhancement or shadow detail. There is also no low level noise.

    Colours are excellent in general. With the wide range of styles we get a wide range of palettes and saturation levels. There are no faults with either.

    There are no instances of aliasing or MPEG artefacts.

    Unfortunately there are no subtitles for the lyrics

    This is a single layered disc only, so there's no layer change with which to contend.

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Audio

    There is only one audio soundtrack on this disc. It is a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at a bitrate of 448 Kb/s. Despite the absence of a PCM stereo soundtrack I still found the one on offer to be rather good, with clear stereo separation and superb dynamic range. It is a clean and powerful two channel soundtrack and is the highlight of the disc.

   Vocals are prominent and without any apparent audio sync problems.

    There is no surround channel or subwoofer use.

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Extras

Booklet

    A 16-page full colour booklet listing all the tracks on both the DVD and the CD with a small paragraph explaining how the song came about and what success it may have enjoyed on the charts.

Main Menu Animation

CD

    The CD is classed as an extra here, simply because of the fact that we have focused on the DVD as the main content. The CD contains 20 tracks which are listed below. Much like the video tracks, there is something for everyone here.

CD Track Listing

1. How You Remind Me - Nickleback
2. What's Luv? - Fat Joe Feat. Ja Rule & Ashanti
3. Lovin' Each Day - Ronan Keating
4. Walk On - U2
5. Livin' It Up - Ja Rule
6. Amazing - Alex Lloyd
7. 4 My People - Missy Elliot
8. My Sacrifice - Creed
9. Heaven - DJ Sammy & Yanou Feat. Do
10. Hanging By A Moment - Lifehouse
11. You Give Me Something - Jamiroquai
12. Weapon Of Choice - Fatboy Slim
13. Can't Fight The Moonlight
14. Groovejet - Spiller
15. Creepin' Up Slowly - Taxiride
16. Hero - Chad Kroeger
17. 19-2000 - Gorillaz
18. Mad Season - Matchbox Twenty
19. Family Affair - Mary J. Blige
20. A Woman's Worth - Alicia Keys

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is not available in Region 1.

Summary

    A well-rounded selection of artists are featured on the Take 40 Platinum disc. All 40 artists featured have achieved platinum sales in Australia and it is promised that a similar disc will be released annually featuring each year's platinum artists. Bring them on, I say.

    The video quality is excellent. Given the youth of the material it is exactly what I expected.

    The audio, despite the lack of a PCM stereo track, is still pretty good.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Sunday, September 21, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDLoewe Xemix 5106DO, using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationHarmon/Kardon AVR7000.
SpeakersFront - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10

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