Cheap Trick-Silver (2001)

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Released 1-Mar-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Bonus Commentary
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Gallery-Photo
Discography
Notes-Fan & Merchandise Information
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 134:24
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (81:13) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Robin Zander
Tom Petersson
Rick Nielsen
Bun E. Carlos
Case Click
RPI $39.95 Music Cheap Trick


Video Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Silver is an excellent rock performance. The in excess of 2 hour running time is filled to the brim with great rock music. This is a must for any fan of the band or any fan of great rock music for that matter. There has certainly been quite a bit of history, and excellent music, generated by this band since they formed in Rockford, IL in 1974.

    Ever wanted to see 3 drummers, a 5 headed guitar, part of an orchestra, a choir, and a marching band all in the one concert experience? Well you can't go past this DVD and excellent concert performance. Cheap Trick really drive home all their hits, and not so hits, throughout the length of this concert.

    Although this is not a technically brilliant DVD it in no way detracts from the excellent performance. In fact, in some weird way, it seems to enhance the performance as it really captures the gritty concert feel.

    The 25th anniversary of Cheap Trick is a very impressive concert experience on a DVD that, while technically poor, provides that next-to-best concert experience.

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Track Listing

1. Intro
2. Ain't That A Shame
3. I Want You To Want Me
4. Oh, Candy
5. In The Street
6. Voices
7. If You Want My Love
8. She's Tight
9. Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love
10. Gonna Raise Hell
11. I Can't Take It
12. Take Me To The Top
13. It All Comes Back To You
14. Tonight It's You
15. Time Will Let You Know
16. World's Greatest Lover
17. The Flame
18. Stop This Game
19. Dream Police
20. I Know What I Want
21. Woke Up With A Moster
22. Never Had A Lot To Lose
23. You're All Talk
24. I'm Losin' You
25. Hard To Tell
26. Oh Claire
27. Surrender
28. Just Got Back
29. Day Tripper
30. Who D' King

Transfer Quality

Video

    Technically speaking this is not a good video transfer. A lot of the problems can be attributed to the source but certainly not all. There is quite a lot of grain present and sharpness is often relatively poor

    The concert is presented in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The transfer is not 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness never exceeds adequacy throughout this transfer. In fact, it is often quite poor. All long shots of the stage are very soft, mostly due to the recording technique, but certainly are not helped by the transfer. An example of this can be seen at 7:06. Shadow detail is variable. Full stage shots are generally poor with the camera work not handling the strong lighting, while close-ups are generally fairly good. In general, the shadow detail and handling of the stage lights improves as the transfer progresses. There are numerous 8mm "behind the scenes" camera angles that exhibit very high levels of grain. Unfortunately, no matter how good the transfer was, these would still look bad. Overall grain levels reduce as the concert progresses.

    Colour is also quite variable, never maintaining any kind of consistency. Being a live concert this is not very surprising as it is very difficult to cater for the constantly changing lighting conditions. This transfer fares worst than most. There is chroma noise evident in the deep reds of the backing curtain, most notable around 96:15, and 105:54, although this occurs throughout the transfer.

    There are many instances of pixelization, usually associated with "behind the scenes" footage, crowd pans, and long shots of the stage. Some examples can be found at 12:43, 40:50, and 103:48, to name a few. Aliasing is also quite rampant occurring on many straight edges. 13:26 (stage), 31:32 (guitar neck), and 46:48 (guitar strings) are a few examples. There are no noticeable film artefacts, however.

    This is an RSDL disc with the layer change occurring at 81:13. Taking into account the nature of a live performance this is quite well placed.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    The audio fares somewhat better than the video transfer. It is a very "live concert" soundtrack so don't expect a crisp and clear audio presentation.

    This disc has two audio tracks, a Dolby Digital 5.1 track at 448kbps, and a Linear PCM 2.0 stereo track at 1536kbps. I listened to the Dolby Digital 5.1 track throughout, sampling the 2.0 track at intervals. The 5.1 track is superior, but not by a huge margin.

    The audio mix improves quite markedly as the concert progresses. In the beginning, the bass is quite muddy without a lot of definition. Fortunately, this clears up quite quickly. The lead vocals also tend to be drowned out by the instruments towards the start. As stated previously, this is definitely a live concert performance.

    Audio sync is never quite right. I found the sync to vary quite noticeably throughout, often with the video leading the audio by quite a significant margin. It just never felt quite right.

    The surrounds and subwoofer were used quite sparingly. The surrounds were generally used to promote crowd noise and bring attention to some of the more unusual guitar riffs and reverb. The sub rumbled along effectively but was never really stressed.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    There are a few extras on this DVD but nothing startling. Good to see the documentary being included.

Menu

    Simple static menu with Who D' King playing through.

Bonus Commentary (26:50)

    Hmm... This isn't a commentary. It is actually a 27min documentary/interview piece with the members of the band with snippets of old concert footage, and comments on the Silver concert.

Behind The Scenes (3:47)

    This short feature comes with Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo and 1.33:1 video. Simply a collection of short clips taken during the setup and preparation for the concert.

Photo Gallery

    A collection of 32 stills from the concert.

Discography

    A listing of all the albums and E.Ps released by Cheap Trick. Upon clicking on an album the tracks are also displayed.

Website

    URL of the Cheap Trick website.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    As far as I can tell the R4 and R1 discs are identical, excepting the PAL formatting. No clear winner here.

Summary

    Cheap Trick - Silver is an excellent concert performance on an average DVD. The transfer does not hinder the performance, rather, it seems to enhance it.

    The video quality is somewhat disappointing.

    The audio quality is average, but lends itself to the live concert performance

    The extras are reasonable, if somewhat misleading.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Nick Jardine (My bio, it's short - read it anyway)
Tuesday, March 19, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using Component output
DisplayLoewe Xelos 5381ZW. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS787, THX Select
SpeakersAll 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)

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