The Offspring-Huck It (NTSC)
Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Music Video-The Kids Aren't Alright (Live)
Featurette-Meet The Crew
|Year Of Production||?|
|Running Time||39:13 (Case: 55)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Paul Cobb|
|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|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||None||Smoking||Yes, By Noodles while playing Bach.|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The main problem with these performances is that they aren't live. Well, actually, they were, but have been touched up in post-production to match the studio counterpart, but more on that in the audio section.
Now I am only a casual fan of The Offspring, so don't expect a detailed report on how well the band performs in this short film (if you could call it that). It's pleasant enough to watch, especially the Noodles segment, and the music is perfectly fitting, but I'm really not sure whether they were trying to make a musical feature promoting themselves, or an extreme sports video with some loud and ideally-suited music to go along with it - you decide. Either way, it's a good watch for someone interested, as I was.
Huck It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.
Although by no means a highly-defined transfer, the transfer does show acceptable amounts of sharpness which are only limited by the lacklustre recording devices that some scenes have been recorded with. The opening scene featuring Greg K lacks resolution simply because of limitations inherent in the source material. Most of the feature has been shot on handheld camera (especially the interview scenes), although the extreme sports shots, e.g. skydiving and base jumping, have used specialised cameras that aren't the highest in technical quality. These limitations unfortunately show up on the DVD. Shadow detail, most apparent in the live performances, especially The Rain Festival ones, is surprisingly decent for a performance that was only haphazardly recorded.
The feature has somewhat of a documentary look about it, which mutes the colours a little. Otherwise, colour saturation is good but fairly boring as some of the longer scenes consist of desert scenes (mostly brown), the snow (mostly white) or fields (mostly brown and green). The live scenes are all very dark and only show varying shades of black or blue.
I did not notice any aliasing at all throughout the feature. Grain was apparent at times but was hardly noticeable. No film artefacts were seen, suggesting that none of this was shot on film at all.
There are two audio tracks present on the DVD - a Linear PCM Stereo mix and a full Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I listened to the PCM mix entirely and sampled the 5.1 mix in the musical sections.
Dialogue in non-performance sequences is completely understandable at all times. Audio synchronization is fine except for the songs that have been touched up, as you can obviously tell that what you are hearing is not the actual sound of the artists.
Some distortion in the left channel is heard in the scene featuring Ron Welty. This seems to be as a result of the poor quality audio recording device used in that segment.
The PCM mix is basically like listening to a CD. The 5.1 mix is very subdued, and doesn't have the kick that the PCM mix has. The surround usage by the 5.1 track is also quite ordinary. I suggest that you stick with the Linear PCM mix when listening to this DVD as it is higher in fidelity and sounds more natural.
|Surround Channel Use|
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|