Feng Shui: Environments for Success and Well-Being (1999) (NTSC)
Booklet-The 9 Feng Shui Remedies; Feng Shui Bagua
Web Links-Feng Shui Web Sites
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||56:11 (Case: 60)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Deborah Gee|
Grand Master Lin Yun
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese philosophy of adapting your surrounding living spaces to optimise the flow of the magical life-force or Chi energy. It is based on the assumption that Chi not only permeates every living thing but is also influenced and channelled by the natural and man-made structures around us. Feng Shui philosophy falls into four broad schools or methods:
The DVD starts by first convincing you that Feng Shui will bring increased wealth, happiness, wealth, success, wealth and improved health to the occupants of a Feng Shui’d environment and their relations. If you think I mentioned wealth a few too many times, it’s because I have just been through 56 minutes and 11 seconds of having it rammed down my throat by a DVD that felt more like an American infomercial than the educational resource I was expecting it to be. This DVD was clearly aimed at an American audience, with the first twenty minutes devoted purely to selling the benefits of Feng Shui to corporate USA whilst paying no attention to what Feng Shui actually is.
The latter two thirds (45 minutes) does provide some tangible and useful information, however even this content is very thin, of limited usefulness and is continuously interspersed with the aforementioned sales pitch material along the lines of better grades, more intelligent children, improved sleeping and the list goes on. If you can turn off to all that you will learn a little about how to use mirrors, crystals, plants, lights and water to improve the aesthetics of your home. You will also receive some good guidance about locating furniture, beds and tables that is fairly commonsensical.
If you are looking to understand more about Feng Shui in general or detail then this resource does not come recommended - the local library or even Internet may serve you better. If you like the US infomercial-styled sales pitch approach then please, be my guest.
The video transfer of this DVD was clearly derived from a composite video source, displaying almost every single composite video artefact possible.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 fullscreen (NTSC) and is not 16x9 enhanced. This reflects both the source materials and target audience, being video and US television respectively.
The presentation lacked the sharpness that you get used to with DVD as a direct result of its video sourcing. White levels were frequently overexposed causing several scenes (1:29, 4:16, 29:47, 23:12, 49:05 and 45:20) to become washed out and indistinct. Black levels were surprisingly good, however as expected with video, shadow areas suffered from enormous loss of detail (2:21 and 2:58 are good examples). The transfer was also plagued throughout by very noticeable and annoying chroma noise that afflicted almost every scene. I could have picked any number of examples of this, however the following are some good references; 2:21, 3:20, 3:35, 9:43 and 35:09.
Colours were mostly vibrant, crossing the line into oversaturation several times, with 1:41, 4:26 and 28:24 being the worst offenders. Several additional artefacts, mostly due to the composite video sources, also affected colour reproduction throughout the presentation. These included dot crawl in text and titles at 0:39, 11:25, 34:56, 52:13-52:57 and surrounding a chandelier at 3:04, 18:03 and 64:50. Some cross colouration can be seen in a variety of scenes including 0:13 (Master's beads), 0:51 (grasses), 1:29 (chess pieces several times), 19:42 (house roof), 25:37, 33:32 (lounge stripes) and any time text such as that at 3:17 appeared. Likewise, some colour bleeding can found at 1:41 (Neon Sign), 13:22 (border of inner circle) and a particularly interesting example at 19:19 (red roof of house in valley). I say interesting because it was so extreme.
MPEG artefacts were present but relatively minor compared to the other artefacts. The vast majority were subtle macro blocking due to the substantial chroma noise present in the source materials, however some other specific examples included Gibbs Effect (1:21) around some leaves and excessive macro blocking in the background (12:53) and in the foreground (10:16). Aliasing is present in almost every scene and reflects the use of video as a source. Clear examples of this artefact can be seen at 1:46 (buildings detail), 2:16 (chrome car trim), 2:24 (desk edges), 5:50 (glasses rim), 16:58 (building edges), 50:22 (stove trim) and the worst example, that shimmers so badly as to give you a headache, at 25:54 (map detail). Moire effects were also spotted a few times including 5:09 (blinds) and 50:22 (stove grill). There were some additional source artefacts including some minor wobble (37:44), a video glitch (11:09) and a halo effect (35:37) just to keep things interesting.
There were no subtitles on this DVD, and being a single layered disc no layer change was present either.
There was only one audio track on this DVD, that being a Dolby Digital 2.0 track which was very ordinary. There were some problems with static or clipping at 0:00 – 0:18 which thankfully dissipated and a few seconds of sound level oscillation at 0:13.
The dialogue was clear and understandable most of the time although there was significant variability between different scenes. As expected with this type of material, pretty much all sound was fundamentally mono in nature and thus when Dolby Surround decoded, was concentrated in the centre channel.
There were no problems with audio sync.
The background music was by Dan Kuramoto and was simple and appropriate to the material.
There was no surround or subwoofer activity and the material isn’t the type to call for it anyway.
|Surround Channel Use|
There were some very basic extras on this DVD.
Included is a single card as a pocket reference for applying Feng Shui remedies. On one side is an octagonal Bagua with instructions and on the other is a summary of the nine remedies discussed in the video.
The menu was simple and functional. Navigation was very straightforward.
The eight chapters were reasonably well placed albeit oddly labelled.
Detailed biographies on both Master Lin Yun and Deborah Gee are provided.
Web links that allow you to find more information or sign up for an electronic newsletter.
A short list of credits for the production crew.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This release is a Region 0 NTSC DVD and the same disc is available in all regions.
Feng Shui, Creating Environments For Success And Well-Being was a disappointing introduction to the art of Feng Shui.
The video quality is very poor.
The audio quality is acceptable.
The extras are average.
|DVD||Sony DVP-S525, using Component output|
|Display||JVC Interiart Flat 68cm Display 16:9. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.|
|Speakers||Front LR - NEAR MainMast, Center - NEAR 20M, Surround LR - NEAR Spinnaker DiPoles, Rear LR - NEAR MainMast-II, Subwoofer - NEAR PS-2 DiPole|