The Knack-Live from the Rock n Roll Fun House (2002)
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|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||James "Rico" LaRocca|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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||Yes, credits roll over final song|
Live at the Rock 'N' Roll Fun House is performed satirically, emulating the big music television shows of the past. It is an interesting way of presenting a new concert recording and really helps with the retro music on offer. The concert is fairly short with 16 tracks and a running time of 60 minutes.
All in all, this is an enjoyable title, and definitely one for the fans. I found the music to be a little repetitive but that did not stop my foot tapping along.
|1. Pop is Dead|
2. Baby Talks Dirty
3. Oh Tara
4. Can I Borrow A Kiss
5. Another Lousy Day In Paradise
6. Good Girls Don't
7. One Day At A Time
8. It's Not Me
|9. Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)|
10. Harder on You
11. Sweet Dreams
12. Seven Days Of Heaven
13. That's What The Little Girls Do
14. (She's So) Selfish
15. My Sharona
16. (Havin' A) Rave Up
The feature is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. This is mildly surprising as it was recorded in 2001 so widescreen digital cameras would have been plentiful.
Sharpness is good throughout without any major deviations from the norm. Shadow detail is very good. This is not surprising given that a lot of the time the performers are under strong stage lights, and for the whole time the environment is static. Indeed, for a goodly portion of the show, the white stage is lit by strong white lights, resulting in a near-blinding experience on a front projection system. There was no low level noise.
Colour is well saturated throughout, but not over-saturated, even under strong stage lighting.
There were very limited MPEG artefacts on show throughout the course of the transfer. Posterization can be seen on Doug Fieger's cheeks under the powerful stage lights. Some examples of this can be seen at 35:30, and 36:15. There was only one film artefact that I saw and this was most unusual - I cannot explain the source of the problem. A dark horizontal line rolls vertically up the picture for a few seconds at around 22:05. Film-to-video artefacts are constrained to some minor aliasing that will probably remain unnoticed on a standard television.
There are no subtitles presented on this disc.
This is a DVD5 (single-layered) disc, so there is no layer change to negotiate.
There are two audio tracks, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track encoded at 448kbps, and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track encoded at 224kbps. I listened to the complete 5.1 track and sampled the 2.0 track at intervals. The 5.1 track is superior to the 2.0 track due to the reasonable use of the surround channels.
Dialogue quality was fine throughout with the lyrics coming through without any form of distortion.
Audio sync, on the other hand ranges from horrible to reasonable. Often changes in camera angle will result in the performer being noticeably out-of-sync with the music. Then, the camera angle will change back and everything is back in sync. I often found it noticeably confusing when this happened as the lip-sync was so bad it really played with the mind's natural ability to lip-read.
The surround channels were used quite well throughout to carry the music. Unfortunately, the first few songs would collapse noticeably back to the centre channel at the end of the song. It's almost as though the audio engineer was just turning down the "make this into a surround track" dial as the song would finish, resulting in the crowd's cheering collapsing in a heap into the centre channel.. Most unusual. This problem did lessen as the transfer progressed. Another unusual surround problem was the noticeable disappearance of the left rear channel at around 23:42 for a few seconds.
The subwoofer supported the music quite well but was not used to its full potential. I did enjoy the bass guitar in a few of the songs as it flowed through the sub.
|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 very good.
The audio quality is good with a few minor flaws.
The extras could have been much better.
|DVD||Pioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output|
|Display||Mitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). 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)|