Michael McDonald-Gathering of Friends, A (2000)
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, Credits roll over finale|
This aptly titled disc really is a gathering of great "soul" artists, ranging from Patti LaBelle, Tommy Sims, Edwin McCain, James Ingram, and many more. This is a real feast for lovers of soul music, but is not really going to hold the interest of those whose tastes don't run along these lines.
Fans of Michael McDonald will love this DVD as it certainly shows off his impressive vocal talents, not to mention the host of other talented artists that appear. Not my cup of tea - but if it is yours go and grab it now.
|1. On My Own|
2. No Love To Be Found
3. Holy City
4. All I Need
5. Ride Like The Wind
6. She Lay Her Whip Down
7. Yah Mo B There
9. You Belong To Me
10. Heart To Heart
11. This Is It
12. Minute By Minute
13. Takin' It To The Streets
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, this is unlikely to have been recorded digitally. If so, there has been some serious image degradation and clipping to fit the 1.33:1 image.
Sharpness is quite poor throughout the feature, never really taking on a nice crispness. Shadow detail was acceptable but never brilliant.
Colour on this DVD is problematic. The stage lighting used is quite powerful and either the filming technique or compression technique did not cope very well. A good example of this can be seen around 7:50 where the stage lighting really washes out the audience. There are numerous examples throughout the transfer where coloured lighting causes large halos and blooms around the artists on stage. Throughout the performance, Michael McDonald has a lovely halo as the stage lighting shines off his white hair.
There were very few MPEG artefacts on this disc due to the high average bitrate of the video (around 8.5Mbps). Film-to-fideo artefacts were far more common with aliasing occurring frequently. Some early examples of aliasing can be found at 3:39 (keyboard) and 8:59 (music stands). There were no film artefacts throughout.
There are no subtitles on this disc and no layer change for that matter.
There are a total of three English audio tracks on this disc. I listened to the Dolby Digital 5.1 (@448kbps) track and dts 5.1 (@1536kbps) tracks throughout. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track I sampled at irregular intervals. It was also very good for a stereo only track. The dts track was mastered at a considerably lower level than both Dolby Digital tracks, so much so that I had to listen above my reference level. In terms of clarity and definition I think the dts track was slightly superior than the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. There really wasn't much in it.
Dialogue quality was excellent throughout, and very well defined. There were no audio sync issues at all.
The dts and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks gave a very enveloping musical experience, subtly using the surrounds to expand the listening environment. Apart from crowd applause, the surround usage is not at all aggressive, suiting the music very well. The subwoofer did not have a huge role as the musical style didn't call for thumping bass. It did, however, provide excellent support to the bass guitar and the (very) occasional aggressive kick drum.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is average with several flaws.
The audio quality is excellent.
The extras are non-existent.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using Component output|
|Display||Loewe Xelos 5381ZW. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-DS787, THX Select|
|Speakers||All matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)|