Neil Young-Red Rocks Live (2000)
Main Menu Audio
DVD-ROM Extras-Web Link, Wallpaper, Screensaver
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||120:57 (Case: 122)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (58:27)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||L.A. Johnson|
Donald "Duck" Dunn
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English dts 5.1
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
I myself have only become a fan of his work relatively recently, so I was looking forward to the prospect of checking out a live show in the next best way to being there: on a dts encoded DVD. Recorded over two nights (September 19 and 20, 2000) at Red Rocks, Colorado, the set list contained a number of songs that were unfamiliar to me, as well as a few that I know well.
As usual, Neil Young has surrounded himself with some excellent musicians (including his wife and sister on backing vocals). They move through the set list (which is something of a walk-through of his career) as if they had been doing it with him from the beginning, despite the interruption of howling winds and torrential rain. Each is excellent on their particular instrument, in particular pedal steel player Ben Keith (who unfortunately isn't really featured at all in the footage), and together they put on an excellent showcase of themselves and the songs of a great singer/songwriter.
This DVD is thus essential viewing for any fans of Neil Young, and would also be good for anyone that has been curious to give him a listen to see what the fuss has been all about.
2. Motorcycle Mama
4. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
5. I Believe In You
6. Unknown Legend
7. Fool For Your Love
8. Buffalo Springfield Again
9. Razor Love
10. Daddy Went Walkin'
11. Peace Of Mind
|12. Walk On|
14. Bad Fog Of Lonliness
16. Harvest Moon
17. World On A String
18. Tonight's The Night
19. Cowgirl In The Sand
21. Mellow My Mind
I was impressed at the level of sharpness on display: this is probably as good as I have ever seen a video source turn up on DVD. There was no low level noise to be seen, and shadow detail was very good bearing in mind the extremely stark nature of stage lighting. The only time that I noticed a little grain was in the opening scene where the cameras follow some patrons along a dark pathway to the concert venue.
The representation of the colour palette was only limited by the video medium upon which the concert was recorded. Although the colours weren't as warm as film would have been, they were still represented well, and as with the transfer overall, this aspect was as good as I've seen any video transfer to DVD.
Impressively, I spotted no MPEG artefacts or film artefacts whatsoever: the dual layer formatting allowed a healthy video bitrate despite the presence of the three sound tracks. There were, though, some mild instances of film to video artefacts, namely some aliasing. This occurred on the bass guitar strings (5:56, 22:30, 33:00, 44:35) on the xylophone (13:14, 30:00, 56:55) on the keyboard (13:34) and on a guitar (50:49, 52:14).
This DVD is RSDLformatted, with the layer change placed between Chapters 12 and 13 at 58:27. It is placed between songs, and thus is hardly distracting to the flow of the concert.
The first thing to note was that I didn't detect any specific defects in any of the tracks, and audio sync was not a problem. I thought that I detected some problems, but with some investigation I realized that this was the effect of the wind and rain which buffeted the stage, particularly towards the end of the set.
The Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 track displayed excellent clarity, and a nice, wide soundstage. The sound was full and rich, and exceeded the quality of any CD recording I've heard through my system, live or otherwise. There was no action from the surrounds or the subwoofer with this track, but as I've said, the sound was nonetheless rich and full, and the absence of the subwoofer went almost unnoticed by me.
The first thing that struck me about the default Dolby Digital 5.1 track was that it was a little duller than the Linear PCM track. The surrounds were employed mainly for crowd sounds, and a little echo of the music, as well as for a little more from the backing singers. One problem, though, was the use of the subwoofer to enhance the bass. It sounded a little unnatural: this was especially so with the bass drum, which seemed to thud a little too loudly for my liking. Overall, it probably enhanced the viewing experience by making it more enveloping, but from a pure sound quality perspective, the Linear PCM track is preferred.
For me, the dts track provided the best of both worlds. Firstly, it restored the brightness of the Linear PCM track that was lacking in the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Secondly, the bass wasn't as thumping, but rather, it was crisp and smooth, and more tightly integrated with the balance of the sound. And thirdly, the sounds emanating from the surrounds were a little more natural than the straight echo from the Dolby Digital 5.1. As would occur if the viewer was there, the reflected sounds emphasized the upper frequencies a little more than the lower, resulting in a more enveloping experience. There was not a huge difference between the Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts tracks, but it was nonetheless quite noticeable, and hence significant.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega (80cm). 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: Yamaha NS10M, Rear: Wharfedale Diamond 7.1, Center: Wharfedale Sapphire, Sub: Aaron 120W|