Dio-Evil or Divine (2002)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Interviews-Cast-Ronnie James Dio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Music Video-Push (Featuring Tenacious D)
|Year Of Production||2002|
|Running Time||138:57 (Case: 100)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (72:24)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Ken Botelho|
Ronnie James Dio
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
|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|
Ronnie James Dio is a name that has been synonymous with hard rock and heavy metal for almost thirty years. His catalogue of highly influential material is unparalleled, with tenures as vocalist in such legendary bands as Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as his renowned solo career which has ensured him legendary status among many loyal fans and fellow musicians.
This live concert was recorded at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on December 13th, 2002 and manages to cover most stages of Dio's extensive career. The set opens with the title track from Dio's latest album, Killing The Dragon and features several other new songs scattered throughout the performance, which also includes some classic Black Sabbath and Rainbow material.
As you would expect, the line-up of musicians on stage is exemplary and their musicianship is second to none. This is in fact the same group that recorded the recent Killing The Dragon album and their prowess on stage matches their studio effort. Among the musicians is former Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain and guitarist extraordinaire Doug Aldrich, who pulls off some incredible fretwork throughout the gig.
Evil Or Divine is an excellent live performance that showcases an incredible vocalist and hard rock legend in action.
|1. Killing The Dragon|
2. Egypt / Children Of The Sea
4. Drum Solo - Simon Wright
5. Stand Up And Shout
6. Rock And Roll
7. Don't Talk To Strangers
8. Man On The Silver Mountain
9. Guitar Solo - Doug Aldrich
|10. Long Live Rock And Roll|
11. Lord Of The Last Day
12. Fever Dreams
13. Holy Diver
14. Heaven And Hell
15. The Last In Line
16. Rainbow In The Dark
17. We Rock
I wish I could speak as highly of this DVD as I can of the man himself. The video transfer is far from perfect and deserved much more attention than it has obviously received.
The video transfer is presented in 1.33:1 full frame and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced.
There are few examples of sharpness in this transfer, which looks very much like it was sourced from videotape to me. Black levels are particularly ordinary on shots of the crowd and exhibit poor shadow detail. There are many instances of low level noise in the transfer, usually on the coloured backdrops.
Colours appeared intense and oversaturated, with most brightly lit objects taking on a halo effect. This effect was particularly eye-catching and irritating.
There are no film artefacts to be found, however there are many cases of MPEG over-compression and aliasing throughout the feature that are too numerous to mention.
There are no subtitles available on this disc.
This disc is dual-layered, and contains one of the most jaw-droppingly neglectful layer transitions I can recall. What could be more ridiculous than placing a layer change in the middle of a song? This abomination is located at 72:24 during the track Heaven And Hell and made me laugh with disbelief initially, but now just irritates me no end.
There are three audio options, including Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts, as well as the default Dolby Digital 2.0.
Brilliant vocal delivery is what Dio is renowned for, and that is what we get here. The vocals are always prominent in the mix and are enunciated perfectly throughout the performance. I had no problems whatsoever understanding the lyrics, but bear in mind that after listening to most of these songs for many years I know them back-to-front.
There is a disturbing audio sync issue with this disc that affects all three of the audio options. The video content of the DVD is consistently ahead of the audio, which I find is most irritating on images of drummer Simon Wright because his snare and cymbal hits don't nearly match what is heard. Altogether this is a most disappointing effort.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts mixes are identical, with very little surround activity apart from some minor spill to the rears now and then. These soundtracks are almost completely frontal, with most instruments panned to the front left and right channels, while the vocals and snare drum are placed in the centre. The Dolby Digital 2.0 effort is very similar, but is considerably louder than the other two options. My preferred track of the three was certainly the dts, which contained much more depth and presence, as well as crisper tones from the cymbals and hi-hats.
The subwoofer gave a few isolated thuds on occasion, but did not sound as though it was receiving any dedicated usage. Again, I expected better.
|Surround Channel Use|
This is a brief but enlightening interview with the man himself, covering a range of subjects from his relationship with New York and September 11, to his thoughts on religion and the philosophies behind his songwriting. Altogether this is a revealing and interesting interview that left me wanting more. The footage is presented at 1.78:1 without 16x9 enhancement.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Firstly, it is worth noting that the Region 1 release is coded for all regions, contrary to the packaging.
As I have already stated, our Region 4 release has irritating audio sync issues associated with each soundtrack, placing the image ahead of the audio. We also have an unbelievably neglectful layer transition, placed during the track Heaven and Hell which interrupts the song considerably. This pause may be less of an issue on players that have a large playback buffer, however the fact remains that it is there, and it could be better.
Both video transfers have an average video bitrate of 7Mb/s and suffer from similar colour bleeding problems, which stem from the video source and not its transfer to DVD.
The Region 1 release has entirely different issues, mostly concerned with video quality.
So there you have it, you can choose either the butchered, over-compressed video transfer of the Region 1 release or the out-of-sync Region 4 with a terrible layer transition.
It's a hard call, but I'm going to favour the Region 1 NTSC release on this occasion because despite its poor video quality at least some effort has been made to make the layer change pause less disruptive, and of course the audio is perfectly in sync with the video.
The video transfer is far from perfect, with many colour and audio sync issues.
The audio transfer features a dts mix that is relatively frontal but is spread well across the front soundstage.
There are a couple of interesting extras included to round off the package.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-525, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Denon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete|
|Speakers||Orpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.|