The Knack-Live from the Rock n Roll Fun House (2002)

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Released 17-Jun-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Booklet
Menu Animation & Audio
Gallery-Photo
Discography
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 60:19
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By James "Rico" LaRocca
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Doug Fieger
Berton Averre
Bruce Gary
Prescott Niles
Case Click
RPI $34.95 Music The Knack


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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 Yes, credits roll over final song

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Plot Synopsis

    The Knack are considered, by me at least, to be a bit of a one-hit wonder. Just about everyone knows their biggest hit, My Sharona, that helped propel their first album to platinum sales in just under two months. Since then, they have released a further four albums, including their most recent effort this year.

    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.

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Track Listing

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

Transfer Quality

Video

    This is generally a very good video transfer. It certainly does not push the envelope, but it is satisfying to look at. The problems are few and far between.

    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.

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

Audio

    The audio quality of this transfer is also quite good but it just doesn't have the dynamic range (a.k.a. 'oomph') to really carry the music. There are some problems with the 5.1 mix, and with the audio sync, that I will explain in more detail.

    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.

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

Extras

    There is a fairly poor selection of extras on this DVD.

Menu

    A well themed, animated, and audio backed menu.

Gallery (2:55)

    The gallery is a series of images, taken from the concert, that are automatically scrolled.

Discography

    A single frame showing the four existing CDs by The Knack. No track information.

Booklet

    8 pages of assorted images from concerts, posters, ticket stubs, magazines, and so on. Track listing on the back page.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is available in R1 but has identical features. From the few reviews available the video quality is similar to the local release. Call it a draw, and let price be your deciding factor - the local release will probably come in cheaper.

Summary

    The Knack - Live at the Rock 'N' Roll Funhouse is quite enjoyable, presented on a great disc with a few minor flaws.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good with a few minor flaws.

    The extras could have been much better.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Cameron Rochester (read my bio)
Monday, June 24, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output
DisplayMitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). 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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