So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star (2002)

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Released 18-Jun-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 83:10 (Case: 85)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Robert Garofalo
Studio
Distributor
Classic Pictures
Stomp Visual
Starring None Given
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/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

    Firstly, let me point out for the record that I am a fan of the music of the late 60s and early 70s including many of the artists appearing here such as Cream, The Who, Canned Heat, Ike & Tina Turner & The Byrds.

    This DVD is a compilation of a variety of mostly British artists appearing on German television between 1967 and 1972. Most of the footage included is from the show The Beat Club and much of it is lip-synched rather than live. There are a smattering of live performances which are very welcome, but unfortunately of variable quality. The big plus is that the music has been remastered into DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1.

    The only track on the entire disc which really got my enthused was the last one, Ike & Tina Turner doing Proud Mary live. Other performances of good quality included The Moody Blues, Canned Heat & Richie Havens. Unfortunately, to my taste most of the rest was either bad live performances or even worse lip-synching. Cream & The Who looked extremely unenthusiastic about being there and The Byrds were stoned out of their minds. Most of the artists are obviously important artists of the time, however others are less interesting such as Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger.

    The music was interspersed with archive news footage of the era including Vietnam, Martin Luther King, Apollo 13 and Woodstock. To my mind this was annoying and added nothing to the proceedings.

   Generally speaking, this disc would be of most interest to people who lived through the era and are interested in any footage of their favourite groups.

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Track Listing

1. The Who - Pictures Of Lily
2. TheCrazyWorld of ArthurBrown - Fire
3. Cream - Strange Brew
4. Richie Havens - Here comes The Sun
5. Joe Cocker - With A Little Help...
6. Manfred Mann - Mighty Quinn
7. The Beach Boys - Do It Again
8. Small Faces - Lazy Sunday
9. The Hollies - Jennifer Eccles
10. Canned Heat - Let's Work Together
11. ThunderclapNewman-Something in the
12. J.Driscoll/B.Auger Trinity-This whe
13. The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
14. The Spencer Davis Group - Keep on
15. Traffic - Round The Mulberry Bush
16. Status Quo - R U Growing Tired of..
17. The Everly Brothers - Stories We...
18. The Moody Blues - I Really Haven't
19. The Hollies - I Can't Let Go
20. Manfred Mann - Fox On The Run
21. The Who - I'm Free
22. The Byrds - So You Want To Be....
23. Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
24. Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary

Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality ranges from atrocious to good mostly dependent upon the age of the clip.

    The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was mostly black and white with a few later clips in colour. Generally they were fuzzy and included many old fashioned effects such as strobing and making the picture look like a negative. The later colour clips such as Canned Heat or Ike & Tina Turner were much better. There was a lot of white bleeding into the black in the black and white clips.

    The colour when used was not too bad. The colours were slightly over-saturated but generally pretty good. One clip, Richie Havens, used a strange colour effect of covering the entire picture in coloured dots 

    There were significant artefacts as you would expect from archival footage including microphony (examples at 5:28, 17:56, 48:40, 52:10, 62:40 & 72:42), tape tracking marks at 22:10 and blotches, blots and specks throughout.

    There are no subtitles.

    This is a dual layered disc and my PC tells me that the layer change is somewhere in track 14 but I can't find it, so it must be well done.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is the star here but don't get too excited. Also please note this disc is extremely LOUD and may frighten neighbourhood animals if you do not turn your sound system down below your normal listening level before putting the disc in your DVD player. I ended up playing this disc at 15-20dB lower than my normal listening level after peeling myself off the back wall of my television room.

    This DVD contains two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s and a DTS track encoded at 768Kb/s. As these tracks would have originally been in mono for TV of the day, some excellent work has gone into remastering these tracks for Dolby Digital and DTS. However, although all speakers and subwoofer are used during playback, noticeably directional effects are few, which is the fault of the mono source rather than the remaster.

    Vocals were generally clear and easy to understand with the exception of the live track by the Spencer Davis Group. This track seemed to be badly mixed, with the vocals struggling to be heard above the instruments.    

    The surround speakers were used quite a lot to add surround presence to the music, without really standing out.

    The subwoofer was used constantly during the music.

    

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Extras

Menu

    The menu included a track selection function but precious little else.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This movie is available in Region 2 and Region 1 in exactly the same format.

Summary

    This disc contains a compilation of music clips from 1967 - 1972 from German television. Most are lip-synched, some are live.

    The video quality ranges from atrocious to good.

    The audio quality is very good considering the source.

    The disc has no extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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Are the performances complete ? - easyrider REPLY POSTED