Staind-14 Shades of Grey (DVD-Audio) (2003) (NTSC)

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Released 22-Sep-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Song Lyrics
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Homegrown: Video History Of Staind
Gallery-Photo
Discography
Credits
Easter Egg-Bonus Track - Let It Out
Booklet
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 63:38 (Case: 107)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Josh Abraham
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Aaron Lewis
Johnny April
Jon Wysocki
Mike Mushok
Case DVD-Audio Jewel
RPI $32.95 Music Staind


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English MLP 96/24 5.1
English MLP 96/24 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
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

    14 Shades Of Grey is the fourth album from contemporary/modern rock group Staind, and showcases the band's continuing evolution from the previous, highly successful, album entitled Break The Cycle.

    The band's music has been variously described as hard rock, nu-metal, rap-rock, dark metal and the band has been compared to various contemporaries such as Korn and Limp Bizkit. Indeed, the New England founded band got their break by featuring as the opening act for a number of Limp Bizkit concerts in the north-eastern USA.

    Staind consists of:

    The songs on this album share a common theme of angst, alienation, rejection, confusion, cynicism and despair, emotions no doubt familiar to many young people as they go through puberty. Surprisingly, though, there are also some elements of tenderness and affection, and the band has toned down a lot of the anger and aggressiveness evident in their earlier albums.

    Price to Play is the first single released from the album and So Far Away is the second single. The band will probably kill me for this, but I seem to detect a hint of Oasis and even U2 in some of their songs. Zoe Jane is a ballad. The final song is surprisingly called Intro.

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Track Listing

1. Price To Play
2. How About You
3. So Far Away
4. Yesterday
5. Fray
6. Zoe Jane
7. Fill Me Up
8. Layne
9. Falling Down
10. Reality
11. Tonight
12. Could It Be
13. Blow Away
14. Intro

Transfer Quality

Video

    Like most of the Warner DVD-Audio discs released to date, the video content on this disc is in full frame NTSC. Each song is accompanied by lyrics and a photo gallery.

    This is a single sided dual layered disc. All the DVD-Video content is contained on Layer 1, so I was unable to determine where the layer transition is.

Audio

    The DVD-Audio content consists of the following groups:

    I was not able to find the "Linear PCM 2.0 48/16" programme advertised on the back cover.

    The DVD-Video section of the disc has two audio tracks:

    The mix is very dense, and the high resolution MLP tracks both do a very good job of separating the detail out from what I suspect will be a "wall of sound" on the CD. I can hear subtle details in the guitar work as well as drums on each of the tracks despite the high level of the sound.

    The MLP 5.1 audio track has a fairly conservative mix whereby the rear channels are used to extend the soundstage to a full 250 degrees (if your speakers follow the ITU recommended layout). Vocals are primarily mixed to the front left and right channels, as well as to the rear channels but not to the centre channel.

    Low frequencies are mixed to all channels, as well as supported by the LFE channel. I was surprised to discover the subwoofer was only lightly used, and most of the low frequencies were coming from the main channels.

    The MLP 2.0 track sounds quite similar to the MLP 5.1 track.

    The lyrics weren't particularly easy to understand, so it's just as well song lyrics are included on-screen as well as in the booklet.

    The Dolby Digital 5.1 track loses quite a lot of the subtle detail in the cymbals and the guitar work, as I suspected it would. It is encoded with dialog normalization set to +4dB, so sounds really really loud (I had to turn the master volume control on my amplifier to -28!)

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    The extras include a fairly lengthy featurette, a photo gallery, album credits and a bonus track (available as an Easter egg).

Menu

    The main menu is animated and includes background audio.

Song Lyrics

    These are a number of text stills, available as a menu selection on the DVD-Video main menu, or as pages in the DVD-Audio section whilst the album is playing.

Featurette-Behind The Scenes- Homegrown: Video History Of Staind (41:46)

    This is presented in 1.78:1 letterboxed and Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). It is available as Title 2 on the DVD-Video section of the disc and Group 2 on the DVD-Audio section of the disc.

    This is a montage of video footage shot (presumably by one of the band members) over 1996-2002. It features various shots of the band backstage, recovering from a New Year, bowling, having a barbeque, recording at the studio, on the road, at various concerts, in an airplane, opening for Limp Bizkit and Korn, and touring in Europe.

Gallery-Photo

    This contains a mixture of 14 black and white and colour stills of the band at various aspect ratios. It can be accessed as a menu selection on both DVD-Video and DVD-Audio main menus, or as pages in the DVD-Audio section whilst the album is playing.

Discography

    This contains album covers and track listings for the following albums:

Credits

    This is a set of 12 stills containing album credits and dedications.

Easter Egg - Bonus Track (4:55)

    This is accessed by highlighted the word "Shades" in the album title "14 Shades Of Grey" on the top menu. It contains a bonus song entitled Let It Out. The audio track is Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s) on the DVD-Video section of the disc (Title 4) and Group 3 (MLP 2.0 96/24) on the DVD-Audio section of the disc.

Booklet

    This is a sixteen page colour booklet consisting of a number of photos of the band, album credits, dedications and song lyrics.

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 identically featured across all regions.

Summary

    14 Shades of Grey is the fourth album from hard rock band Staind.

    Both MLP 5.1 and 2.0 tracks are good at revealing subtle details underneath the loud and dense mix. The Dolby Digital audio tracks do not capture these details as well.

    Extras include a fairly long featurette and a bonus (hidden) track entitled Let It Out.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RP82, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum/AVIA. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
SpeakersFront and surrounds: B&W CDM7NT, front centre: B&W CDMCNT, surround backs: B&W DM601S2, subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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