Muse-Hullabaloo: Live at Le Zenith, Paris (2001)

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Released 9-Oct-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Booklet
Menu Animation & Audio
Multiple Angles-Sunburn; Uno; Space Dementia; Hyper Music
Multiple Angles-Agitated; Unintended
Web Links
Featurette-Extra Footage
Discography
Gallery-Front Covers
DVD Credits
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 91:17 (Case: 90)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (50:22)
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Matt Askem
Studio
Distributor

Festival Mushroom
Starring Matthew Bellamy
Dominic Howard
Chris Wolstenholme
Case Soft Brackley-Transp-Dual v2
RPI ? Music Muse


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Contemporary British rock trio Muse burst onto the music scene late 1999 with their debut album Showbiz. Impressing critics and music fans alike, Muse (Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme) were met with early comparisons to Radiohead, but after a good listening proved otherwise, with their own unique take on music. A follow-up album in 2001 titled Origin Of Symmetry led them back out on the road, and this DVD features their October 28/29 show at ‘le zenith’ in Paris, France, a ninety-plus minute performance presented in pristine widescreen, complete with Dolby Digital and dts surround on disc one, with extra footage and more on disc two. Nineteen tracks are featured, with six of those tracks featuring multiple angles. The track list is featured below.

    As musical tastes are extremely varied from person to person, I find it hard to give you my thoughts on their music. I call myself a fan of Muse, but not enough of a fan to warrant a purchase of anything they put out. This is not in any way a criticism of the band, but only my personal opinion. Triple J frequently play their tracks, and I recognised eight tracks while watching this DVD. What I can do is give you my thoughts on both their live performance, and the production of this DVD.

    Having heard each of those eight songs I just mentioned numerous times, I can say that the band sounded fantastic live. The atmosphere created within their music came across perfectly on stage, and the lads put on a great performance in front of the massive French crowd. If you’re a fan of Muse and you have not seen them live, this DVD is a fantastic way to experience it without being there. The audio/visual presentation is fantastic (more on that later), placing you right in the middle of the crowd.

    The only thing that let me down in the presentation was the editing. Being shot with multiple cameras, the show feels more like a video clip than a concert. With many shots lasting only a few frames at times, and flashing lights a-plenty, I found the overall experience slightly off-putting. I would have liked to see more fixed footage, but this was certainly not the intention of the producer or the band, and I cannot argue with that. That is the only complaint I have with this entire DVD, and that is not a fault of the actual DVD, but the way the concert footage was put together.

    To sum things up; if you’re a fan of Muse, you cannot pass on this DVD. The presentation is top notch, and it is a great tribute to a band that have only released two albums so far. Even if you’re not a die-hard fan of the band, but enjoy music of their ilk, you should check this one out, as it is up there with the best music DVDs I’ve seen.

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Track Listing

1. Introduction
2. Dead Star
3. Microcuts
4. Citizen Erased
5. Sunburn
6. Showbiz
7. Megalomania
8. Uno
9. Screenager
10. Feeling Good
11. Space Dementia
12. In Your World
13. Muscle Museum
14. Cave
15. New Born
16. Hyper Music
17. Agitated
18. Unintended
19. Plug In Baby
20. Bliss

Transfer Quality

Video

    When you get past the fact that the visuals have obviously been tweaked in post-production to provide all sorts of MTV-style effects, the video transfer of the concert footage is superb, and is of reference quality.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The video quality is deliberately distorted and filtered at times, resulting in numerous varying qualities of image. Considering that intentional distortion and smoke is present at times, the sharpness is spot-on. Shadow detail is also perfect, although constant atmospheric low level grain is present throughout the entire production. This would not appear to be a fault of this transfer at all, but rather an artistic choice.

    Colours tend to bleed at times, but again this is not a blemish of the transfer, but a deliberate effect. Apart from that, the colours are very bright and vibrant, resulting in a beautiful looking transfer.

    Artefacts seemed to be non-existent, but it was hard to tell at times, the editing was that quick.

    Disc one is RSDL-formatted with the layer change placed at 50.22, thankfully in between songs. It was not annoying at all. Disc two is a single layered disc.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The live footage is presented with three different audio mixes, all selectable on-the-fly; Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and dts 5.1. They range from satisfactory (Dolby Digital 2.0) - to excellent (Dolby Digital 5.1) – to reference quality (dts).

    The vocals were always clear and intelligible on all three audio tracks, never distorting unintentionally, and mixed at a perfect level which complimented the music perfectly. Audio sync was also spot on throughout all three tracks.

    The Dolby Digital 2.0 track gets the job done, without sounding as spectacular as a surround mix can. Bass was good, but the lack of surround channels lets it down somewhat.

    The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix was a vast improvement over the stereo track, which is to be expected. Surround channel usage was good, drawing the viewer into the performance a great deal. Music is supported, along with crowd ambience and directional cheering. The subwoofer had a decent workout, reinforcing the sound with some deep bass.

    It is the dts track that wins here though, and it wins hands down. Surround channels are mixed noticeably louder than on the Dolby track, creating a much more interactive environment. You really feel like you are in the crowd, being surrounded by a singing, screaming and cheering bunch of French fans. Music can be heard in a realistic way, in that it is more of an echo than direct speaker sound. The subwoofer thumps along to every beat, improving on the Dolby mix again. I sometimes find I need to turn the sub down a tad on music DVDs, but this one was mixed perfectly. The thunderous bass could be felt in the way that it would have been if you were there. Put this down as another definite winner for dts in its battle with Dolby.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Booklet

    An eight page foldout booklet contains photos of the three lads from Muse along with credits for the DVD.

Menu Animation & Audio

    Wow! This was so good that I found myself sitting there letting it loop over and over again. Every single menu on both discs features fairly basic, but stylish, computer animation, and is presented in 16x9 and Dolby Digital 5.1. The audio is fantastic, with sounds coming out of every speaker, totally surrounding the viewer with directional pans and spirals. This is how menus should be made – and all are unique.

Multiple Angles

    During six tracks, you can select from three camera angles, changeable on the fly. Sunburn and Unintended both feature the standard fast edited view on camera angle 1, plus a singer-cam which is a close-up of lead singer Bellamy on camera angle 3. The other angle, camera angle 2, features a split screen of the two. Uno, Hyper Music and Agitated all feature the same standard view on camera angle 1, plus a guitar-cam which is mounted on lead singer Bellamy’s guitar on camera angle 3. The other angle, camera angle 2, features a split screen of the two. Space Dementia again features the same camera angle 1, while camera angle 2 is fixed on the drummer, and camera angle 3 is fixed on Bellamy sitting at the piano.

About This Disc

    This is basically information on the band’s official website, and some instructions on how to use the multiple angle feature.

Featurette – Extra Footage (38.34)

    This is a mixed bag, as it features some decent footage of the lads at times, but also tends to be more like a highlights package of their tour set to music. We do get to see some backstage footage and brief interviews, and also some footage from a promotional photo shoot. I probably had the most fun when the boys went fishing, and set up a campfire to eat their catch. Not quite what I expected overall, but die-hard fans will surely love it.

Discography

    This was unexpected. It features a shot of the cover from the selected album, plus a tracklist. I clicked on the first song, expecting to read some information on the recoding, but was instead presented with an audio track of the song. Unfortunately and intelligently it is only a preview for each song lasting over 1 minute, and not the entire track.

Gallery

    This features front covers of 20 magazines from all around the world which have had Muse on their covers. They are presented as thumbnails which can be clicked on for a larger view.

DVD Credits

    This feature includes Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, similar to that of the menus, but lasts for less than 30 seconds.

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 yet available in Region 1.

Summary

     As I have previously mentioned, musical tastes varies from person to person. I cannot say that Muse are the greatest band in the world, nor can I say they're the worst. There is no good or bad in music, it comes down to the individual's preferences. Heck, even Britney Spears manages to sell records - no offence intended. Hullabaloo features an energetic 90 minute live performance from a band who certainly know what they are doing, and are no flash in the pan. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the performance, and can wholeheartedly say that Muse are a great live band.

    The video transfer is of reference quality.

    The dts audio is of reference quality, and the Dolby track is very good.

    The extra features provided nicely complement the live performance, but are not of the highest quality overall.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Pockett (If you're really bored, you can read my bio...)
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayTeac 82cm 16x9. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
Speakers5 Sony speakers; Sherwood 12" 100w Powered Subwoofer

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