Family Values Fall Tour '98 (PAL) (1998)
|Year Of Production||1998|
|Running Time||85:13 (Case: 96)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Joe Friday|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/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|
"The sheep who buy Korn and Limp Bizkit... they're completely, utterly foolish." -- John Lydon (or Johnny Rotten as he is better known)
Now that I have that out of the way, I'll get into describing what the Family Values disc is about. Essentially, five of the pseudo-alternative bands from the late twentieth century thought it would be fun to get together and have a big tour during the Fall of 1998, and the results are presented here on this DVD. If you want further commentary on the artistic merits of these bands, I suggest you take a look at the review I wrote when this disc was released as an NTSC disc around this time last year. While I myself have grown and changed a bit since then, my opinion of the artists compiled here has lowered quite considerably.
Anyway, for those who still give a damn, the track listing, as taken from the back cover (which incidentally is not actually accurate to the sequencing) is as follows:
|Limp Bizkit||Ice Cube||Orgy|
|Check Yo Self (Remix) |
It Was A Good Day
F___ Tha Police
|Blue Monday |
Revival (featuring Jonathan Davis)
|Du Hast |
|Got The Life |
All In The Family
Children Of The Korn
I still find very little within this effort to make me recommend it at all, but if you're interested in knowing whether the newly released PAL version is any kind of improvement over the previous NTSC release, then read on:
This new transfer reveals itself quite quickly as an NTSC to PAL conversion, with the telltale blur of interlacing apparent throughout. Having said that, it is quite a serviceable conversion, with little other noticeable artefacting introduced.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and it is obviously not 16x9 Enhanced.
The sharpness of this transfer is acceptable considering the conditions that the programme was shot under. Nobody involved has ever made any pretence of this programme being high-definition, and it doesn't look like it was shot with DVD-Video in mind, either. Enough detail is present to discern what is important to follow the songs, and that's about it. The shadow detail is average, with anything that isn't brightly lit rapidly falling off into darkness. Low-level noise is mildly present throughout the feature, but not in enough quantity to present a serious distraction.
The colours in this transfer are acceptably rendered. Given that the stage lights induce a lot of colour bleeding, and that each "artist" has a specific stage look, the colour rendering is actually pretty accurate.
MPEG artefacts were not noticed in this transfer at any time. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some occasional minor aliasing, but most of the transfer did not have enough resolution for this artefact to become problematic. Film artefacts were not noticed in the course of this transfer, either.
There are no subtitles recorded on this disc, so Hearing Impaired viewers are out of luck. Burned-in subtitles are present at 2:06, 46:17, and 51:07 to translate comments made by a member of Rammstein.
There is only one soundtrack on this DVD, which is a surprise considering that the previous NTSC version also had a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Perhaps the authors read my comments about the weakness of that soundtrack and decided they could live without it.
The one soundtrack we are provided with is the original English and German lyrics in Linear PCM 48/16, with a bitrate of 1536 kilobits per second.
The vocals range in clarity from being clearer than one might have wished (Ice Cube and Limp Bizkit for instance) to muffled and difficult to understand (Orgy). This seems to be the fault of the individual vocalists and the sound engineers rather than the people responsible for the transfer. I detected no problems with audio sync.
The music in this programme... well, you can see my plot synopsis for that one. I won't repeat it here.
The surround channels and subwoofer were not used by this soundtrack. They were not missed.
|Surround Channel Use|
A static menu that offers access to each band's set list, so you can skip through each of the nineteen songs. Whoopee.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 1 version of this disc is identical to the NTSC version that was previously released in Australia.
The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
While the lack of a surround soundtrack on the local disc may seem to be a bother, it is nothing to get excited about, as said soundtrack on the local NTSC disc was not of the best quality.
I often am reminded of quotes by some very respected artists whenever I think of the bands that appear on this disc. Another one is from a song written by Henry Rollins and his band: "Make them feel like they're part of some big event, they'll be too busy cheering to wonder where your talent went".
The video transfer is an acceptable NTSC to PAL conversion.
The audio transfer is very clear.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80cm). Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-835|
|Speakers||Yamaha NS-45 Front Speakers, Yamaha NS-90 Rear Speakers, Yamaha NSC-120 Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer|