Anna Vissi-The Video Collection (2001)

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Released 21-May-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Introduction
Biographies-Cast
Discography
Gallery-Photo
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 120
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Anna Vissi
Nikos Karvelas
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $29.95 Music Anna Vissi


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame Greek Dolby Digital 5.1 (320Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Titling
Greek Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Anna Vissi is the undeniable queen of Greek Music. Her twenty-odd year career has seen the release of 21 albums. She also has an incredibly successful touring history, selling out shows in Greece, the UK, and the USA. Her last few albums have also had reasonable sales in Australia.

    I had never heard of Anna Vissi before I volunteered to review this DVD. I put my hand up based on the plethora of rave reviews I could read, and the rest in Greek that I could not read but assumed would be saying the same thing.

    Needless to say, I could not understand the majority of this DVD but I could appreciate the musical talents of this great singer. Unfortunately, this DVD does not in any way do the great Diva justice. Recommended only for die-hard fans.

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Track Listing

1. Pseftika
2. Antistrofi Metrisi
3. Ena Sou Leo
4. Fos
5. Sta 79
6. Demones
7. Den Thelo Na Xeris
8. Emis
9. Akoma Mia Fora
10. Lambo
11. Eleni
12. Ime Poli Kala
13. Metra
14. Vre Kouto
15. Mavra Gialia
16. Forgive Me This
17. Mou Anikis
18. Erotevmenaki
19. S’eho Epithimisi
20. Everything I Am
21. Agapi Ipervoliki
22. Dodeka
23. Kravgi
24. Horis To Moro Mou
25. Kravgi Hitmix

Transfer Quality

Video

    This collection of music videos is certainly a mixed bag when it comes to transfer quality. Generally speaking it is quite poor. Indeed, it would appear that the majority of video clips are taken from a composite video source due to all the composite artefacts on display.

    The aspect ratio of the DVD is 1.33:1 non 16x9 enhanced. However, a number of the video clips range in aspect ratio from 1.78:1 through to 2.35:1, all letterboxed.

    Sharpness varies across the video clips but is, on the whole, quite poor. Shadow detail is quite good throughout, however it is quite hard to say as most of the video clips are very bright. Grain proves quite problematic although it is often the fault of the source more so than the transfer.

    Colour is fine for the majority although it is often used to excess, as is the norm with video clip material. Chroma noise is apparent in quite a few tracks, generally running hand in hand with severe grain.

    There is a healthy slathering of MPEG artefacts on display with most tracks having some form or another. This is often mixed in with the composite artefacts to produce a fairly nasty image all round. Aliasing occurs a few times, particularly in track 11. There appears to be some analogue tape tracking artefacts on a few clips - track 22 is a particularly good (bad?) example. There are a few film artefacts spread around but they were likely lost amidst the rest of the artefacts on offer.

    Another problem with this transfer will probably never be visible to those using standalone DVD players and TVs. The authoring of this DVD did not remove a whole pile of overscan artefacts that run around the periphery of the image. This is highly annoying and distracting when the overscan is visible, as is the case for me.

    There were no subtitles on this disc. The English titling is used only for track names.

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

Audio

    The audio is also disappointing, suffering from terrible over-compression.

    There is one audio track on this disc, being a Greek Dolby Digital 5.1 track compressed at the paltry bitrate of 320Kbps. This overcompression is really noticeable in the dynamic range and clarity of the music on offer - it is, in all regards, terrible. This bitrate is almost 1/5th the bitrate of 2 channel CD audio, but spread across 6 channels. It really does show.

    Dialogue quality is reasonable but quite hollow given the minimal bitrate available to convey the signal.

    Audio sync ranges from OK to terrible. A particularly bad example of this is Track 10. There are a lot of audible pops and clips, most likely another side effect of the overcompression. This is particularly noticeable on Track 3.

    The surround channels would have been better off not being there, giving their bandwidth back to the rest of the audio. They never really aided in immersing the viewer in the music. In fact, the only track that really makes use of the surrounds (Track 9) does so for about 10 seconds before collapsing in a heap at the front of the soundstage in a rather disconcerting way.

    The performance of the subwoofer is also constrained by the bitrate on offer. It never really has the chance to flex its muscles.

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

Extras

    The extras are very limited.

Menu

    The menu is animated and has an audio underscore.

Discography

    Cover scans and track listings for all 21 of Anna's compact discs.

Gallery

    A collection of promotional images of Anna Vissi, looking particularly appealing on most I must add.

Introduction

    A brief introduction by Anna Vissi, with English subtitling, covering her thoughts on the DVD.

Biography

    A number of pages of text giving quite a detailed overview of Anna's musical achievements to date.

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 not available in R1. It is, however, available in R2 with identical specifications as the local release.

Summary

    Anna Vissi - The Video Collection is a disappointing DVD that should have been so much better. Definitely one only for the fans of this Greek Diva.

    The video quality is poor and flawed.

    The audio quality is very poor and terribly overcompressed.

    The extras are limited.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Cameron Rochester (read my bio)
Sunday, August 18, 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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