Cheap Trick-Silver (2001)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Notes-Fan & Merchandise Information
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (81:13)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||None Given|
Bun E. Carlos
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
2. Ain't That A Shame
3. I Want You To Want Me
4. Oh, Candy
5. In The Street
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
28. Just Got Back
29. Day Tripper
30. Who D' King
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.
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.
|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 somewhat disappointing.
The audio quality is average, but lends itself to the live concert performance
The extras are reasonable, if somewhat misleading.
|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)|