Placebo-Once More with Feeling: Videos 1996-2004 (2004)
Menu Animation & Audio
Interviews-Cast-Care In The Community
Additional Footage-Spite And Malice, Reading 2000
Additional Footage-20th Century Boy (featuring David Bowie), Brit Awards 1999
Music Video-English Summer Rain
Music Video-Nancy Boy And Peeping Tom Tour Visuals
Trailer-Soulmates Never Die, Live In Paris
|Year Of Production||2004|
|Running Time||66:43 (Case: 129)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||Varies|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Varies||Miscellaneous|
Spanish Audio Commentary
Italian Audio Commentary
Dutch Audio Commentary
Portuguese Audio Commentary
English Audio Commentary
French Audio Commentary
German Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The past decade or so has seen so many great new bands hit the world music scene and (at least to my ears) a significant portion of those have come from the UK. I have greatly enjoyed the music of many bands from the UK during that period such as Radiohead, The Verve, Supergrass, Blur, Super Furry Animals, Embrace, Oasis, The Charlatans, Starsailor, Toploader, Ocean Colour Scene, Keane and many more including the subject of this video compilation, Placebo. Placebo are an interesting three piece band with quite a distinctive style. Their style includes influences such as glam rock, David Bowie (who appears on a couple of the videos here), heavier guitar based rock such as The Smashing Pumpkins or Nirvana, other UK bands such as those mentioned above and even U2. They first hit the broader consciousness with their second album from 1998, Without You I'm Nothing, which included four very strong singles. This is when I first heard the band and the album is one I still enjoy playing.
The members of Placebo are:
This DVD is a compilation of video clips for songs from all four of their albums including all the singles. Most of the videos are the original videos but some have been replaced with live footage or a different video. According to the commentary some were too risqué for the M rating of the disc and others which are included here were not shown on UK television for similar reasons. The tracks included mostly derive from one of their four albums, which are:
The individual videos included are:
Overall, this is a comprehensive compilation of the band's singles and would be a worthy addition to any fan's collection. It is full of quality songs and interesting videos. Additionally, this set is well packaged including a plastic outer sleeve, hard cardboard box and booklet.
|1. 36 Degrees|
2. Teenage Angst
3. Nancy Boy
4. Bruise Pristine
5. Pure Morning
6. You Don't Care About Us
7. Every You Every Me
8. Without You I'm Nothing
9. Taste In Men
|10. Slave To The Wage|
11. Special K
13. The Bitter End
14. This Picture
15. Special Needs
16. English Summer Rain
17. Protege Moi
18. Twenty Years
The video quality is very good but lacks 16x9 enhancement.
The feature is presented in a variety of aspect ratios from 1.33:1 through to approximately 2.40:1 depending on each video clip. None of them are 16x9 enhanced, despite the fact that the menus and some of the extras are.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was no noticeable grain, however, the lack of 16x9 enhancement on the widescreen videos affects the clarity. The shadow detail was excellent.
The colour was very good throughout with no issues to report.
The only noticeable artefact was aliasing here and there. The only spot where it was overt was on the bass guitar during Bitter End.
There are subtitles in 7 languages including English which are for the commentary. This is a useful feature as it allows you to watch the videos with full sound while also being able to see what the band are saying about the video.
The layer change is not obvious and is presumably placed between programs.
The audio quality is good but certainly nothing spectacular.
This DVD contains a Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 1536Kb/s. There is also a Dolby Digital 2.0 track which contains the commentary. The Linear PCM track sounds pretty much like the original compact discs of this music and although fine really doesn't do much in terms of using your home theatre setup or surprising you with its startling clarity or quality. Personally, I found it slightly disappointing that this was the only audio option available. Overall, the sound was a little thin when compared to many new music DVD's I have reviewed, especially those featuring DTS.
The surround speakers added some mild atmosphere to the music when played with Dolby ProLogicII.
The subwoofer was used to add bass to the music but this was a function of my amp's bass management rather than the soundtrack itself.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is 16x9 enhanced and features an interesting visual motif incorporating pictures from the original videos. By selecting one of these pictures as they move by it shows you details of each video such as where it was filmed and who directed it. The menu allowed for playing all videos or choosing them individually.
The band provide an interesting commentary on all the videos except (strangely) the last one. Includes discussion of filming locations, style, inspiration, props used, the cast, censorship and quite a few jokes, mostly at Brian Molko's expense. Definitely worth listening to for fans. There is also the ability to play the videos with full sound, while having the commentary provided as a subtitle stream in any one of seven languages.
Presented 16x9 enhanced. This over-long featurette includes individual interview footage with the band members and a group discussion with the band and some of their crew. The discussion includes fairly honest viewpoints on each other, various anecdotes from live shows and tours, how they approach working in the studio, the frustrations of touring, how they use a sampler in a live show, various personal issues and slagging off Sting and Billy Corgan. Should have been cut to about 20 minutes rather than nearly 40.
This function allows the viewer to choose which videos to play and in what order. A good feature.
Although listed in the extras menu this is actually just the last track from the main program.
A live recording of the song from the Reading Festival in 2000 featuring rapper Justin Warfield. Didn't do much for me.
Another live recording, this time of the T.Rex song, 20th Century Boy featuring David Bowie sharing the vocals with Brian Molko. Not bad..
A alternate video for the song which is different to the one included in the main program. This one feature live footage of the band.
Although this isn't really explained I would assume these are videos which are played onstage while this song is being played during their live shows. A strange selection of visuals about a young man dressing up as a woman..
As above, except this is a video seen from the peeping tom's perspective as he watches a young woman..
A short highlights reel of their other DVD.
A 12 page booklet is included which features interesting photos, which are more artistic that your usual band promo shots, credits, track listing and some text.
This disc is coded for all regions and as far I can tell has the same specifications everywhere it has been released.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is fine but uninspiring.
The disc has a wide range of extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|