Billy Joel-Greatest Hits-Volume III: The Video (1997) (NTSC)
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Ernie Fritz|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Billy Joel-Greatest Hits Volume III, The Video is a video compilation of the greatest hits of Billy Joel. Before each song Billy Joel talks about how the song came about, what he was feeling whilst writing the song or what he was trying to convey to the audience with the song.
|1. Keeping The Faith|
2. A Matter Of Trust
3. Baby Grand
5. We Didn't Start The Fire
6. I Go To Extremes
7. And So It Goes
|8. The Downeaster 'Alexa'|
10. All About Soul
11. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
12. The River Of Dreams
Now that's out of the way, on with the review.
Overall, I must say that I did not enjoy watching this NTSC disc. Yes folks, it really is a region free NTSC disc. This was the first non 16x9 NTSC transfer I have seen on this projector, and it reinforced my own opinion that the NTSC format does not contain sufficient horizontal lines to be viewed on such a large screen without a line doubler. I also had the pleasure of seeing what I believe to be the effects of the 3:2 pull-down process in action. Someone please pass me a bucket - it was truly awful. How does everyone in America put up with this?
The quality of the video clips are variable, but it must be remembered that these were essentially shot for promotional use on television, and some of them are over ten years old.
The video clips are mostly presented in an aspect ration of 1.33:1 (4:3), with the odd one or two being 1.85:1. The Billy Joel interview sequences are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 aspect, and are non-16x9 enhanced.
Colour, sharpness and shadow detail are pretty good throughout the disc. However there is a serious pixel crawl problem that continually plagues Billy Joel's left ear during the interview sequences which is very annoying and distracting.
Surprisingly, no low-level-noise was noticed, but there was plenty of grain present in some of the video clips. The worst occurrences of this can be found in; 'Baby Grand', 'I Go To Extremes' and 'And So It Goes'.
There were no MPEG artefacts and just a handful of film-like artefacts.
Edge alignment is where this disc came unstuck in a big way - it almost brought me to tears. It is the main reason why this disc got such a terrible video rating. The worst occurrences of this occur during 'All About Soul' and 'Shameless'. During these clips any object that moves is adversely affected by an interlacing problem, which causes the edge or edges of that object not to line up.
There did not appear to be much aliasing, but it is hard to judge when there are such huge gaps between each horizontal line!
There are two audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0. I listened to the former. In hindsight I should have listened to the Linear PCM soundtrack instead, as this disc does not have much surround content. Afterwards, I did go back and listen to a couple of video clips again using the PCM track, which is of an equally high quality.
The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times.
Audio sync was not a problem with this transfer.
There is only limited surround channel use during the video clips, which is to be expected, since most, if not all of the video clips would not have been encoded with surround information.
To the best of my knowledge the .1 channel was silent, as my subwoofer automatically turned off after the first 20 minutes.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Video quality, hmm, not real flash in a lot of areas, but is very good in a few others. Overall, it is pretty poor.
No audio difficulties were noticed with this disc, and it is of very good quality for a music disc.
Extras are limited to a Biography and Discography.
|DVD||Sony DVP-725, using Component output|
|Display||Sony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|