Scotland the Brave (2000)

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Released 10-Mar-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 88:58
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By John Smith

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Greg Moore
Thomas Keenan
Lisa Lockland
Stephen Baker
Colin Alistair Harper
Julie-Anne O'Reilly
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music Various

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English 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

    Scotland The Brave was a gala concert performed at the Sydney Opera House some time in the year 2000. This DVD from ABC Video captures presumably the entire concert, as must have aired originally on the ABC back in that year. The concert is a celebration of all performances Scottish, including singers, dancers, bagpipers, poets and instrumentalists. The concert is staged using a "no-frills" stage and lighting production that  allows the performers themselves to shine and to interact with the audience. If you are looking for a lavish, full-scale production like the Edinburgh Tattoo, then you will not find it here. But if you are looking for just a good old-fashioned Scottish sing-along, a plain old reminisce or even if you're not Scottish and just want the chance to experience some unbridled Scottish culture for the first time, then you should enjoy this DVD. The performances are all top-notch, showcasing some very strong singers and with faultless backing by the Australian Concert Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Choir. A bonnie time was obviously had by performers and audience alike at this event, and their enthusiasm is well captured on this DVD.

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Track Listing

1. Wi A Hundred Pipers
2. Isle of Mull
3. The Long Ships
4. O, Were My Love
5. Dark Island
6. The Ulst Tramping Song
7. Dream Angus
8. I'll Walk Beside You
9. My Heart's In The Highlands
10. The Bonnie Woods of Craigie Lea
11. Banks Of Doon
12. Toast To The Haggis
13. Hall Caledonia
14. The Skye Boat Song
15. The Star of Rabbie Burns
16. Sleeps The Noon
17. Address To The De'll
18. The De'lls Away Wi The Exciseman
19. There Was A Lad Born in Kyle
20. O, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose
21. Annoe Laurie
22. The Song Of The Clyde
23. My Highland Lassie, O
24. Scottish Singalong
25. Gude Wallace
26. The Gael/Scots Whae Hea
27. Highland Cathedral/Ye Flowery Banks
28. Amazing Grace/Auld Lang Syne
29. The Dancers/The Farewell
30. Will Ye No Come Back Again

Transfer Quality


    The video transfer is very good for a production of this type.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full frame, as aired on the ABC.

    Overall image quality is high, but stops short of being spectacular. The concert appears to have been shot on digital video. Sharpness is above average and appears better in the close-up shots than compared with the wider stage shots, which come across softer in resolution by comparison. Shadow detail is fine and there is very minimal low level noise. This concert footage proper is also interspersed with various linking/insert footage of the Scottish countryside, notably in the Highlands. While the footage itself is spectacular, the quality of these location shoots is variable, mostly being shot on analogue video and quite grainy.

    Colour is very good. There are bright colours on display in this feature in the numerous costumes and tartans and the DVD transfer captures them all accurately. Skin tones are also accurate and black levels are very solid (pleasing to see, given that the stage setup used here incorporated a large black backdrop behind and to the sides of the choir, so many shots of performers frame them against this black backdrop).

    The only MPEG artefact noted is some very minor pixelization in some backgrounds. Film-to-video artefacts are limited to some infrequent and trivial aliasing of the stage lines and film artefacts (source artefacts) are absent.

    No subtitle stream is provided on this disc. I found this a pity, as I would have liked to be able to resort to an English translation in some sections, particularly so for the "Toasting of the Haggis"!  Providing a subtitle stream would have, I'm sure, broadened the potential audience scope for this DVD and been enlightening to the non-Scots among us.

    The disc is single-layered.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio transfer is also of high standard.

    There is only one audio track on the disc, being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround track (at 224 Kb/s).

    Dialogue/vocal quality cannot be faulted in the slightest. I did find the audio sync marginally off in parts, with the audio preceding the video very marginally, however the difference is so slight as to be immaterial and certainly not distracting.

    The audio transfer handles the music in this feature with ease. There is a large range of musical styles and a healthy dynamic range to be accommodated in the feature, from quiet and tentative flute instrumentals through to raucous sing-alongs, but the DVD's audio transfer handles all aspects of the music admirably.

    Be sure to listen to this DVD with your Dolby Pro-Logic decoder turned on, as there is plenty of matrixed audio information to be found and redirected to the rear channels. The rears are kept fairly active throughout, with ambient effects and also chiming in more prominently with swells in the music and for the audience applause. The effect is to draw the audio soundstage out from the front channels quite well.

    The subwoofer is not called upon at all.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


   There are no extras on this DVD. After a brief commercial for ABC Video, the main menu for this DVD appears in 1.33:1, animated and with stereo audio. The main menu screen provides access only to either the feature or a basic scene selection menu screen.

R4 vs R1

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    This title is not released in other regions.


    Scotland The Brave is an understated production, but turns out to be quite a lot of fun. It will be celebrated by Scots, lovers of Scottish culture and the curious alike. The concert is well captured on DVD, with video and audio quality that will not disappoint.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Sean Abberton (read my bio)
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using Component output
DisplayToshiba 117cm widescreen rear projection TV. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderYamaha RXV-1000. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
AmplificationElektra Theatre 150 Watts x 6 channel Power Amplifier
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora III mains, Orpheus Centaurus 1.0 centre, Velodyne CT150 sub and B&W DM303 rears

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