Sade-Life Promise Pride Love (1993)

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Released 2-Mar-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Discography
Biographies-Cast
Music Video-By Your Side
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1993
Running Time 65:41 (Case: 60)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Various
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Sade
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $24.95 Music Sade


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Spanish
French
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This disc has fifteen songs with their accompanying video clips of which thirteen are absolute Sade classics (in my humble opinion).

    The title, Sade - Life Promise Pride Love, is made up of key words from four previous Sade album titles, which the songs on this DVD come from. The bonus track, By Your Side, is from Sade's latest album - Lovers Rock.

    Song-wise, this DVD is very similar to The Best of Sade CD. All the major songs that are featured on the CD are present on this DVD, so this is a great album for any Sade fan who wants video clips too.

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Track Listing

1. Your Love Is King
2. Smooth Operator
3. Hang On To Your Love
4. Never As Good As The First Time
5. Sweetest Taboo
6. Is It A Crime
7. Paradise
8. Nothing Can Come Between Us
9. Turn My Back
10. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
11. No Ordinary Love
12. Cherish The Day
13. Kiss Of Life
14. Feel No Pain
15. By Your Side

Transfer Quality

Video

    Video quality varies dramatically from video clip to video clip. Some are excellent, while others are very average indeed. The general rule of thumb that can be used is that the older the footage the poorer the quality, which to me demonstrates that the limitations with this transfer are source-induced. The Video Clip Quality Section contains a detailed list of any problems or positive aspects of the picture quality for each video clip.

    The majority of this transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and thus is not 16x9 enhanced. Sweetest Taboo and Is It A Crime are presented in 1.63:1 and 1.75:1 aspect ratios respectively and are also not 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness and picture detail varies from good to great, with no low-level noise noticed at any stage. Some edge enhancement has been used on Hang On To Your Love, Nothing Can Come Between Us, Love Is Stronger Than Pride, Cherish The Day and Feel No Pain, but it does not degrade the picture quality greatly.

    Colours vary from washed-out (e.g. Your Love Is King and Turn My Back) to excellent (e.g. Sweetest Taboo and Kiss Of Life). Mostly, the colours were good to great. There are also four Black & White video clips presented; Never As Good As The First Time, Nothing Can Come Between Us, Cherish The Day and Feel No Pain.

    Grain is by far the biggest problem for this transfer. All but one video clip had noticeable grain. For many of the video clips the grain is extremely evident and distracting, but somehow still manages to be tolerable. Turn My Back is by far the worst in this area, while Kiss Of Life has none at all. On my 68cm TV this grain was greatly reduced and was much less of a problem.

    Apart from one minor instance of posterization in Cherish The Day, no other MPEG artefacts were noticed. Only one relatively minor instance of moiré was noticed, which was in Is It A Crime.

    Generally speaking, there are a light sprinkling of medium-sized film artefacts in each video clip, with several clips having none, so overall this area is pretty reasonable.

    Packaging Error: Song 12 - Cherish The Day fails to rate a mention on the back cover of the DVD.
 

Individual Video Clip Quality Ratings

  Video Comments
1. Title - Intro
2. Your Love Is King Grainy both foreground and background
Medium Sized Film Artefacts
Washed-Out Colour
Overall Rating 2.5
3. Smooth Operator Strong Grain
Medium Sized Film Artefacts
Average Colour
Overall Rating 2.5
4. Hang On To Your Love Grainy
Edge Enhancement
Picture Lacks Detail
Good Colour
Overall Rating 2.5
5. Never As Good As The First Time Black and White
Strong Grain in opening and closing scenes
Overall Rating 3.0
6. Sweetest Taboo Great Colour
Great Detail
Trivial amount of Grain
Overall Rating 4.0
7. Is It A Crime Interlacing Artefacts
Very Good Colour
Trivial amount of Grain
Overall Rating 4.0
8. Paradise Very Good Detail
Trivial amount of Grain
Overall Rating 4.0
9. Nothing Can Come Between Us Black and White
Edge Ringing
Grainy
Picture Dark with little Shadow Detail
Overall Rating 2.5
10. Turn My Back Extremely Grainy
Washed-Out Colour
Picture Lacks Detail
Overall Rating 2.0
11. Love Is Stronger Than Pride Vertical Banding
Minor Grain
Edge Enhancement
Average Colour
Overall Rating 2.5
12. No Ordinary Love Very Good Colour
Great Detail
Tiny amount of Grain
Overall Rating 4.0
13. Cherish The Day Black and White
Great Detail
Trivial amount of Grain
Trivial amount of Posterization 
Slightly over-saturated picture
Trivial Aliasing
Edge Enhancement
Overall Rating 3.5
14. Kiss Of Life Great Colour
Very Good Detail
No Grain
Overall Rating 4.0
15. Feel No Pain Black and White
Minor Grain
Minor Edge Enhancement
Film Scratch
Overall Rating 4.0
Bonus: By Your Side Great Detail
Superb Colour
Some Grain but only at the end
Overall Rating 4.5


Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    The audio is just fine. In fact, I would go as far as to say it was perfect for a music DVD.

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD; an English 1536Kb/s Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 soundtrack and an English 448Kb/s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. I first listened to the Linear PCM soundtrack and then to the Dolby Digital soundtrack.

    Vocals were clear and undistorted with no audio sync problems noticed. No hiss, distortion or dropouts were heard on either soundtrack.

    The surround channel use by the Dolby Digital soundtrack is great. Most of the songs are really enveloping. Paradise and Cherish The Day really make excellent use of the surround speakers.

    Subwoofer use by the Dolby Digital soundtrack is also great. It gets plenty of use throughout the entire disc and is perfectly integrated into the music soundstage.

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

Extras

    The extras are very limited, but I'm not sure what else we could ask for on a music DVD.

Menu

    The main menu is simple and functional, with the following selections; Songs, Audio Mix, Discography, Lyrics, Biography, Bonus Video and Resume.

Discography (5 pages)

    Sade albums, one per page. Each page has a picture of the album cover and a list of songs that appeared on that album.

Biography (9 pages)

    This section contains a Biography on Sade.

Bonus Video Clip "By Your Side" (4:38 minutes)

    This is of great picture and sound quality. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

R4 vs R1

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

    Since we get the exact same contents as Region 1, there is no compelling reason to purchase one disc over the other.

Summary

    Sade - Life Promise Pride Love is a great album for any Sade fan.

    The video quality varies dramatically from video clip to video clip. Some are excellent, whilst others are very average. The older the footage, the poorer the quality, which to me demonstrates that the limitations with this transfer are source-induced.

    The audio is just fine, in fact I would go so far as to say it was perfect for a music DVD.

    The extras are very limited.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Audio
Extras
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© Paul Williams (read Paul's biography)
Friday, March 16, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-725, using Component output
DisplaySony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS989
SpeakersFronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)

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