Silverchair-The Best of-Volume 1: Complete Videology (2001)

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Released 11-Dec-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Featurette-Emotion Pictures
DVD Credits
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 104:25
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Robert Hambling
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring silverchair
Case Amaray Variant
RPI $29.95 Music silverchair


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/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 No

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Plot Synopsis

    The silverchair story is surely the dream of many a teenage band member. They were discovered in 1994 when their song Tomorrow was chosen the winner, out of a field of about 800, in a competition run by the television show Nomad and radio station 2JJJ FM (Triple J to you and me). The prize for winning this competition was a day's studio time at Triple J plus a video for the winning track. At that stage in their career, the band, comprising Daniel Johns (Guitar and Vocals), Chris Joannou (Bass Guitar) and Ben Gillies (Drums) were known as the Innocent Criminals and were only about 15 years of age. Their competition-winning song proved very popular and record companies were soon eager to sign them. They eventually signed with Murmur and changed their name to silverchair. They released their first album, Frogstomp in 1995 which entered the Australian charts at number one thanks to the popularity of the single Tomorrow. Their local success was mirrored in other countries, particularly the U.S.A. where Frogstomp emulated its Australian success by going Platinum by the end of 1995. They have subsequently released two studio albums, Freak Show in 1996 and Neon Ballroom in 1999.

    This DVD draws its material from each of these albums, in the form of the singles from each, in descending order of release as well as live footage from their recent Neon Ballroom concerts at Melbourne Park in Victoria. There is also making-of footage from the recording of the third album and concert footage from a U.S. tour that took place in 1999.

    This is an excellent disc for fans although I would have preferred some biographical information to help those people who are familiar with the music but not the band members. The behind-the-scenes footage is somewhat interesting but is a little fragmented and quite light-on in terms of the information imparted.

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Track Listing

1. Emotion Sickness
2. Miss You Love
3. Ana's Song (Open Fire)
4. Anthem For The Year 2000
5. Cemetery
6. Abuse Me
7. Freak
8. Israel's Son
9. Pure Massacre (Australian Version)
10. Tomorrow
11. The Door - Live At Melbourne Park
12. Paint Pastel Princess - Live At MP
13. Spawn Again-Live At Melbourne Park
14. Pure Massacre (U.S Version)

Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer on offer here is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    This disc contains a video clip for each of the singles released from the studio albums and as such contains footage filmed at  different times, using different equipment. Overall the transfer is pleasing and very watchable. The sharpness is, for the most part, very good but does fall away during some of the in-studio and concert footage. For example, focus is lost for long periods of time during the live track, Paint Pastel Princess and footage of Daniel Johns at the mixing desk, during the Emotion Pictures feature, is also soft and noisy. Shadow detail is very good, except for the track Cemetery where it is poor. The black level is fine throughout.

    Colour saturation is very good although it does vary depending on the track being sampled. For example, the track Emotion Sickness has a rather washed-out, drab look to it. However, this is not a fault, rather it is a deliberate effect designed to match the theme of the clip. The live footage of silverchair performing at Melbourne Park has strong colours, too strong at times as there is a degree of colour bleeding. This causes a loss of sharpness which is distracting. Fortunately it only occurs during the track Paint Pastel Princess (see 48:41-49:14).

    As far as MPEG artefacts are concerned, there is some pixelization present particularly during the Melbourne Park footage - see 48:41-49:18 for an example. I also noted that some video noise is present during some of the on-tour and studio footage due to the very low light levels encountered while filming. See 9:13-9:18 of the Emotion Pictures feature for an example of this problem. I noted minor occurrences of aliasing during the song Cemetery and equally minor occurrences of moiré effects during the same track.

    Film artefacts are quite rare and only occur during the Videology part of the presentation. I noticed some quite minor white flecks during the songs Emotion Sickness, Miss You Love and Ana's Song (Open Fire), which were the extent of the problem as far as I could see.

Audio

     One audio track is present on this DVD, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track encoded at a bit rate of 256 Kb/s.

    There is nothing technically wrong with the audio on this disc. Dialogue and vocals are always clear and I didn't notice any dropouts, pops, clicks or other blemishes. The vocals were almost always in sync, the exception being the very early part of the track Abuse Me where the sound is very slightly behind the video (see 23:00-23:04). I don't believe that this is a problem with the disc, rather I feel it is a problem with the source material.

   Personally, I was disappointed with the audio, not because it was only stereo or that it had faults, but for two other reasons. The first is that there is no subwoofer information at all. People with large main speakers will not have any issue with this oversight as the woofers in these speakers will counter this, but those of us who have smaller speakers will find the lack of bass noticeable. I have the analogue output from my DVD player connected to the CD input on my receiver. If I select this input, my receiver will  pass bass information to the subwoofer. In this way I could add the extra dimension missing from the digital signal. The second issue I have with this audio transfer is a slightly more subjective one. It is the lack of fidelity or openness that you hear from this audio presentation. The sound seemed somewhat lifeless to me, especially when compared to other music discs such as The Corrs Unplugged or John Denver, The Wildlife Concert. The Linear PCM track on the John Denver disc is easily superior to this disc. Don't get me wrong - the audio presented here is good, but it just isn't quite as good as some of the other discs I've sampled.

Extras

    The extras on this DVD are limited to a featurette entitled "Emotion Pictures" and the DVD credits.

Featurette - Emotion Pictures

   This 41-odd minute featurette contains footage taken during the production of the album Neon Ballroom. There is interview footage with band members as well as footage of the day-to-day events. The videos for some of the more significant singles lifted from this album are also presented. Additionally there is footage from the band's 1999 tour of the U.S.A. This footage includes live performances of the songs Tomorrow, Madman, Spawn Again and Satin Sheets. I thought this featurette was quite entertaining although a bit disjointed. I'm sure fans of the band will find this footage priceless.

DVD Credits

   This option is a simple slide providing disc production credit information. Hardly an extra really.

R4 vs R1

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

    Try as I might, I couldn't find any reference to this disc in Region 1.

Summary

    Despite my disappointment with the audio transfer, this disc makes good viewing for anyone who likes alternative music and is especially good for fans of the band.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© John Richardson (read my bio)
Thursday, January 11, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDLoewe Xemix 5006DD, using RGB output
DisplayGrundig MW82-50/8. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSherwood 8090R
SpeakersMains and Rears: Tannoy Mercury M1. Centre: Tannoy Mercury MC. Subwoofer: Aaton SUB-120.

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