Texas-Texas, Paris (2001)
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|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Dick Carruthers|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||Active Subtitle Track||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This concert takes a ride through their greatest hits, taking songs both recent and old and presenting them to a crowd of over 17,000 people in Paris. It is always good to see a band that do not concentrate solely on new material, and while Texas have really changed their sound and style over their last two albums, the concert still presents many songs from their more traditional rock days.
The concert is a large effort, with a band that in addition to lead singer and occasional guitarist Sharleen Spiteri, includes bass and lead guitars, keyboards, drums, two backing singers, and a DJ. The inclusion of the DJ is an interesting move, and the success of which could well be debated. It is obvious his inclusion is in an effort to experiment with a blend of pure pop and hip-hop, but it often comes off with a muddled sound that really does not know what it wants to be. Fortunately, this influence is really only felt on a couple of occasions during the show, and the crowd's enthusiastic reaction is enough to carry the concert through those moments.
Over all, this is a concert disc that would be well worth checking out for any fan of Texas. Even if, like myself, you own only one of their albums, there is enough here to keep, and even re-kindle, interest.
|1. In Demand|
2. Black Eyed Boy
4. In Our Lifetime
5. Guitar Song
7. Tired Of Being Alone
8. So In Love With You
|9. Prayer For You|
10. I Don't Want A Lover
11. When We Are Together
12. Summer Son
13. Inner Smile
14. Suspicious Minds
15. Say What You Want
Presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, this transfer is 16x9 enhanced.
In general, the transfer is quite sharp, however there are some angles from which the image is decidedly soft. Grain is, for the most part, kept to a minor role, however there are certain camera angles for which the artistic choice appears to have been for high grain. During the credits, a listing for a "Super 8mm" operator is given, and what I assume is that this camera presents truly horrendous picture quality, displaying extreme levels of grain, and being constantly flecked with film artefacts. Unfortunately, from a technical point of view, the use of this angle really degrades the entire presentation. Shadow detail is quite decent, with the dark and light areas of the stage, as well as the audience, showing a very good amount of contrast, while never really disappearing into the murky black.
The colours are good enough, but don't quite seem have the vibrancy required for a live show. There is nothing wrong with them as they are, however they really could have been a little better.
There are no compression artefacts present in this transfer. There are a few instances of aliasing, mostly caused by the usual culprits, such as guitar strings and necks, however the aliasing that occurs on the edge of the keyboard from 30:15 all the way through Tired Of Being Alone is very distracting. For the most part, the transfer is free from film artefacts, but the shots that obviously come from the Super 8 camera are terrible. They look like the film stock was bathed in acid, and dragged through the dirt before being fed through the camera, and as such are a constant mosaic of artefacts. Again, this was obviously an artistic choice, but it does detract from the transfer.
There are no subtitles present on this disc, so you will have to know the lyrics in order to sing along.
This is a Dual Layer disc that appears to have the entire concert on one layer, and the extra features on the other, as there was no detectable layer change during the concert.
There are three audio tracks present on this disc, being a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track, a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, and a DTS 5.1 track. Of the three, the Dolby 2.0 track is the highest quality, with a more complete sound than either 5.1 mix, including a far deeper bass extension. Interestingly enough, the least impressive track is the DTS 5.1 mix, presenting very little bass information, and a very flat sounding mix overall.
Vocals are always clear and easy to hear. The mix levels are spot on, never masking vocals with music, while the vocals do not overpower the music either. The audio separation for all mixes was very similar, with little use made of the centre channel for the 5.1 mixes, and all were good enough to present a decent live experience.
For the concert itself, audio sync was never a problem. The same cannot be said of some of the music videos, however they are not the issue here.
Both 5.1 mixes used the surround channels in the same manner, being mostly for crowd noise, providing a decent feeling of being there are the concert. Unfortunately, this was about the only advantage the 5.1 tracks had over the 2.0 track.
The subwoofer received very little attention during the concert, only rarely getting above a minor rumble, especially from the 5.1 tracks. The subwoofer received more re-directed bass from the 2.0 soundtrack than from the .1 parts of either 5.1 track.
|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 of an adequate standard, however it could easily have been better.
The audio quality is simply sufficient without being spectacular. Somewhat indicative of this is that the best soundtrack on the disc is the stereo track.
There is an extensive collection of extras presented on this disc that very much aid in the appreciation of the concert. If only every music DVD came with as many quality extras as this.
|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)|