Korn-Deuce (2002) (NTSC)

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Released 23-Aug-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 150
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Jonathan Davis
Head
Munky
Fieldy
David
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $34.95 Music Korn


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
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

     Modern-rock band Korn met the world back in late 1994 with a debut album which first appeared at #158 on the American Billboard charts. Bringing their unique style to the music world, it didn’t take long for Korn to be noticed. Their follow-up album Life Is Peachy made a #3 debut on the same charts, going on to sell 2 million units worldwide. By the time their third album Follow The Leader hit the shelves, Korn had created a mass following world-wide. This album debuted at #1, and more than doubled the sales of Peachy. Their fourth and most recent album, Issues, was released late in 1999, and only furthered the band’s success and status as one of the world’s most popular rock band.

    This DVD features the band’s first home video, 1997’s Who Then Now, along with their newest home video Deuce. These are the main two features amongst a massive array of extra footage and clips – all on the one disc. The DVD’s menus are quite a maze, and it doesn’t take long before your head begins to melt with confusion. Upon boot-up we hear Jon Davis shout ‘Asylum’ as we are taken into a room, on a deathbed, after seeing all sorts of twisted images that one would expect from Korn. From there, you can click on a few images, but there is no text to tell you where you are going. At times, you click here and click there, and are eventually taken to a clip that lasts only 30 seconds or so. However, this all can be bypassed by simply pressing stop on your remote, and title searching your way around. For the purposes of this review, I tackled the DVD this way, to be sure I viewed the entire DVD’s contents. I will provide the complete list of titles below (with running times), so if you don’t want anything to be spoiled, I recommend you skip down further in this review.

Title/Clip (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read)

  1. Climb Walls – Jon climbing up high in a stadium (0.36)
  2. Behind The Scenes - Jon trying to make Head sing (0.44)
  3. Comeltosis – Footage of the recording of the Comeltosis (1.22)
  4. Jon performing ADIDAS at a concert (0.46)
  5. Fieldy Gag Reel (3.27)
  6. ADIDAS - Behind The Scenes (1.15)
  7. Got The Life - Behind The Scenes (1.33)
  8. Falling Away From Me - Behind The Scenes (2.24)
  9. Make Me Bad - Behind The Scenes (2.22)
  10. Somebody Someone - Behind The Scenes (1.42)
  11. Make Me Bad Remix Video (4.27)
  12. Soulmates (1.45)
  13. Fieldy BBK – Fieldy singing (3.50)
  14. Yum – Monky getting a massage (0.56)
  15. Dopelganger – Jon’s sister dressing up like him (1.43)
  16. Issues Live At The Apollo – clips of 5 songs (6.48)
  17. Jon Gag Reel (2.17)
  18. Drunken Munky (0.36)
  19. No Beer (0.29)
  20. "Do You Have Issues?" Commercial (0.38)
  21. Korn Is Given The Key To Bakersfield (0.40)
  22. Munky Bump – Clips of the ‘accident prone’ Munky (2.22)
  23. My Gift To You (1.02)
  24. Fieldy Drinks (0.14)
  25. Jon's Sobriety – A segment about Jon’s drinking habits (3.56)
  26. Korn Cover Contest Commercial – MTV trailer for contest (1.27)
  27. The Field Dog's Bucket – The guys on their Jet (2.10)
  28. Halloween Solos – Head vs Munky guitar solo showdown (0.51)
  29. Munky Gag Reel (1.23)
  30. Head Gag Reel (1.49)
  31. Yo Nigga – Driving in Fieldy’s car, Head stinks it up (0.52)
  32. Head dents Fieldy’s car (0.52)
  33. Vampire – Jon bites people (0.42)
  34. Get Your Swerve On - In store footage (0.39)
  35. Porno Creep live (0.31)
  36. The Night Before Christmas – Jon’s rendition (2.17)
  37. Korn is Given The Key To Bakersfield (0.30)
  38. Career Retrospective (with titles) - (6.19)
  39. Who Then Now? – Featuring 4 videos (42.58)
  40. Blind, Shoots And Ladders, Clown, Faget – Songs only (17.47)
  41. Same as 42
  42. Same as 42 and 43
  43. Deuce – Featuring 6 videos (77.34)
  44. ADIDAS, Got The Life, Freak On A Leash, Falling Away From Me, Make Me Bad, Somebody Someone – Songs only (25.01)
  45. Same as 46
  46. Same as 46+47
  47. Head – Everyone’s thoughts on Head (2.59)
  48. David – Everyone’s thoughts on David (1.23)
  49. Fieldy – Everyone’s thoughts on Fieldy (2.13)
  50. Faget – Everyone’s thoughts on Jon (his sexuality confusions) (3.14)
  51. Munky - – Everyone’s thoughts on Munky (2.18)
  52. Freak On A Leash - Behind The Scenes (1.59)
  53. Career Retrospective (without titles) – (6.20)

    After sitting through all of that, all that I can say is how much I love these guys. I was already a fan of their music – not diehard, I only own 2 of their albums – but that has escalated thanks to this DVD. Watching this only further proves that their profession is the greatest.

    For those that haven’t seen Who Then Now, it features the full-length videos for Blind, Shoots And Ladders, Clown & Faget along with interviews with the band and some behind-the-scenes footage. The origin of the band is covered, and we also get to see snippets of live performances, and some recording footage.

    Deuce features the full-length videos for ADIDAS, Got The Life, Freak On A Leash, Falling Away From Me, Make Me Bad & Somebody Someone. The videos are shown along with heaps of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage a la Who Then Now and is all presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (more on that later). Everything about the era between albums 1-4 is covered from making the clips to touring.

    I had a ball sitting through these two home videos, and have managed to gain some respect for the band that I never had before. It’s great to have all of their videos on the one disc, along with heaps of behind-the-scenes footage which kept me entertained throughout the entire DVD. Fans of Korn will not want to pass on this disc, and even casual fans (like myself) will get a kick out of it. If there is any complaint to be made, I would say that more live footage would have been nice, because they’re totally different people on-stage. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video transfer is difficult to review, as it features footage that frequently ranges from good quality to poor quality. Most of the footage is shot hand-held, and the quality is not worth critiquing. I will, however, comment on the transfer of the video clips themselves.

    The entire NTSC DVD is presented in full-frame video, and is therefore not 16x9 enhanced. The clips themselves are presented in letterbox, and when zoomed to fit my TV, there was some detail loss due to the lack of 16x9 enhancement.

    Sharpness is not impeccable during the clips, but they are presented well enough to be enjoyed. Shadow detail and black levels are quite good, but there is a constant undercurrent of low level noise (particularly in the pre-Follow The Leader songs), which fortunately never becomes distracting.

    Colours are quite well represented, never bleeding or becoming distorted at all. Most of Korn's videos are dark, and come up quite well on this DVD. This DVD is definitely the best I’ve seen the clips, which was only to be expected.

    MPEG artefacts seemed non-existent during the clips, as did film-to-video artefacts. Film artefacts such as dirt and scratches also seemed non-existent, as the clips were in pretty good shape overall.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

     The entire DVD features sound in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, and Deuce can also be heard in Dolby Digital 5.1. The in-between clips of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews are also presented in 5.1 during Deuce, but are really still only a 2.0 stereo mix.

    The audio during Who Then Now is certainly nothing special, but is acceptable throughout. There were no problems with audio sync during the entire program, as all lip-syncing matched up perfectly. There was no surround usage at all throughout, and the subwoofer was only used to reinforce the sound. Bass was mixed quite well, but the clips definitely lacked the enhancement that a 5.1 track can add.

    The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track for Deuce was of the exact same quality as for Who Then Now. Nothing special, but it gets the job done. The real treat here is the added Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which was a great improvement. The surround channels supported the music very well, with split surround effects including vocals and music. Bass was also improved upon with the added .1 LFE channel. The sub nicely bounced along to every beat, and greatly improved the experience of watching the clips. I give the ratings for the Dolby Digital 5.1 track only.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Main Menu Introduction

    The aforementioned introduction into the Asylum that is the menu on this DVD is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. Rotating sounds are well supported by the surround channels, and the sub kicks in with some decent bass.

Menu Animation & Audio

Like the introduction to the main menu, all menus feature a looping Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, which is always a good thing. The twisted theme continues throughout the DVD, as all sorts of creepy imagery and sounds draw you into the DVD.

R4 vs R1

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

    As far as we are aware, this DVD is identical world-wide.

Summary

     This DVD features all of Korn's released music videos, along with numerous different little behind-the-scenes clips and interviews, showing how much fun it is to be a part of the band. I really enjoyed watching every second of this DVD, and can recommend it to any fan of their music.

    The video quality ranges from poor to good throughout the behind-the-scenes footage, but is lifted a notch for the actual video clips themselves.

    The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix on the video clips in Deuce is great, featuring some good use of all channels. The 2.0 stereo audio is decent, if unspectacular.

    There are no extra features as such, but as mentioned earlier, there are a massive 55 titles on this DVD, which range in length from half a minute to an hour and a quarter.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Pockett (If you're really bored, you can read my bio...)
Friday, September 06, 2002
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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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