Sound & Vision Home Theater Tune-Up (2001) (NTSC)
Dolby Digital Trailer-Train, City, Canyon, Egypt, Rain, Aurora
Audio-Only Track-This Beat Is Voodoo-Studio Voodoo (DTS)
THX Trailer-Cavalcade (3)
Featurette-About Sound & Vision
Featurette-About Ovation Software
DVD-ROM Extras-Glossary; Manufacturers; Resources
|Year Of Production||2001|
|Running Time||63:54 (Case: 80)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Mitchell Stuart|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
For more advanced users, you are able to directly access the relevant test patterns and tones quickly via the main menu, bypassing the sometimes lengthy explanations on offer. There are a number of pleasant surprises to be found in the menu system when directly accessing the tests in this fashion, such as the 6.1 audio test tones and subwoofer phase test tones, which are (sensibly) left out of the basic, guided presentation. The overall number of video test patterns is somewhat limited, but adequate for the disc's purpose. From my perspective, the only thing this DVD really lacks is a decent amount of high quality demonstration footage - there is some demonstration footage, but the quality is very variable.
The transfer is generally presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. A small number of still images and sample video clips are presented at 1.78:1 and 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced. You should be aware that this DVD is presented in NTSC, so your equipment needs to be able to display an NTSC signal in order to take advantage of this disc.
Sharpness is exemplary, particularly from the test patterns, as you would rightly expect. The studio footage is very clear and crisp, and seems to have been sourced from digital video judging by the lack of film artefacts. Shadow detail for the studio footage is a tad limited at times, and perhaps could have been a little better with better lighting. There is no low level noise in the studio footage, although there is some in some of the bonus materials.
Colours are highly saturated with borderline excess red in the studio footage, but no colour bleed. All the test patterns appear spot-on.
There are no MPEG compression artefacts in the transfer at all. There is, however, a moderate amount of aliasing and/or moire at times, often in close-up shots of equipment (eg at 8:57). Some of the higher resolution test images alias a little, but this is to be expected on an interlaced display. Being video-sourced, there are no film artefacts.
There are no subtitles on this DVD.
The disc is single sided and single layered.
There is only a single audio track present during the main portion of this DVD - English Dolby Digital 5.1. Access to the 6.1 and DTS test tones is via the menu system (as illustrated below), as they are not utilized by the basic setup and calibration presentation.
The dialogue quality of the programme is quite variable. Live studio audio often had a "hollow" timbre which I found moderately distracting. On the other hand, voice-over audio was perfect. There were no discernible audio sync problems.
The only music in this programming was some nondescript underscoring towards the end of the programme.
Surround activity for this soundtrack is difficult to assess. Fundamentally a mono soundtrack for the most part, occasional gimmicky use is made of the surrounds for what are essentially panned mono effects. These comments do not apply to the test audio signals, which are spot-on.
Other than for test tones, the subwoofer channel is not used. Oddly, I noted that there was no .1 output from the DTS 5.1 test sequences, but it was present for the DTS 6.1 tests. I don't know whether this is a problem with the authoring of the disc or with my setup.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Denon DVD-3300, using RGB output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder and Denon AVD-1000 dts decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifier for Left & Right Front; Marantz MA6100 125W per channel monoblock amplifiers for Left & Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer|