Scotland the Brave (2000)
|Category||Music||Main Menu Audio & Animation|
|Year Of Production||2000|
|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
Colin Alistair Harper
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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|
|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
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 117cm widescreen rear projection TV. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Yamaha RXV-1000. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Amplification||Elektra Theatre 150 Watts x 6 channel Power Amplifier|
|Speakers||Orpheus Aurora III mains, Orpheus Centaurus 1.0 centre, Velodyne CT150 sub and B&W DM303 rears|