Anna Vissi-The Video Collection (2001)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||Greek Dolby Digital 5.1 (320Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Varies||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
2. Antistrofi Metrisi
3. Ena Sou Leo
5. Sta 79
7. Den Thelo Na Xeris
9. Akoma Mia Fora
12. Ime Poli Kala
|14. Vre Kouto|
15. Mavra Gialia
16. Forgive Me This
17. Mou Anikis
19. S’eho Epithimisi
20. Everything I Am
21. Agapi Ipervoliki
24. Horis To Moro Mou
25. Kravgi Hitmix
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is poor and flawed.
The audio quality is very poor and terribly overcompressed.
The extras are limited.
|DVD||Pioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output|
|Display||Mitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-DS787, THX Select|
|Speakers||All 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)|