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Featurette-Making of "Stan"
Featurette-The Mathers' Home
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Various|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
There are only seven music clips on this DVD, which was a slight disappointment. Since I have next to no knowledge about Eminem, it may well be that he may not have that many clips to put onto DVD anyway. My favourite clip would have to be Stan, due to appearances from both Devon Sawa and Dido.
2. The Way I Am
3. Real Slim Shady
4. Role Model
|5. Guilty Conscience|
6. My Name Is
7. Just Don't Give A F***
Stan (8:10, 2:35:1)
The first and only problem I noticed with this clip was that the transfer exhibits a major white level problem, with the level of white being set excessively high, to the point where objects are blurred out due to the blooming whites that are covering the screen. Colour is basically absent from this clip. Still, even with the aforementioned problem, it is the best looking clip on this DVD.
The Way I Am (5:09, 2.35:1)
Sharpness is decent, but not overly exciting, while shadow detail is rather good as pretty much all of the clip is set in dark locations, using shadows as an expressive element. This clip is a little more colourful than Stan thought not much more so. This matches the tone of the clip. The white level problem is thankfully absent from this clip.
Real Slim Shady (4:31, 1.33:1)
This clip is a little blurry. Apart from Stan, this clip would have to suffer from the worst case of blooming whites out of all the clips on the disc. Initially, I thought this may be have been due to the characteristics of my TV, but the same contrast problem occurred on my DVD-ROM. Colours are represented very well in this clip, although they do seem ever-so-slightly dull.
Role Model (4:22, 1.78:1)
One of the better-looking clips on the disc, not including the intentional artefacts that have been introduced. It doesn't show a large amount of detail, though it is on a par with the majority of the clips on offer. This clip also suffers from the white level problem mentioned above to a degree during the live performance aspects of the clip. The clip has a very red colour palette, which is reproduced faithfully.
Guilty Conscience (3:34, 1.85:1)
Another nice transfer, even with some of the odd cinematographic techniques used. There seems to have been a frame skip technique employed which makes parts of the song seem jumpy (in conjunction with Eminem). The level of detail on offer is good but by no means perfect. The transfer is very dark due to the content of the clip but does show decent shadow detail. Colour is a little basic, not exactly showing the widest range of the colour spectrum.
My Name Is (4:17, 1.33:1)
Probably the worst looking clip of the bunch, but by no means horrible. It has a look much akin to VHS, especially the opening moments. Overall the clip is blurry, but not to a large extent. Colour is good though, with the red of Slim Shady's jacket really standing out.
Just Don't Give A F*** (4:12, about 1.66:1)
Being the oldest clip on the disc (made in 1998), this clip does show some signs of age, though these are more due to budget constraints rather than general degradation of source materials. The clip was made in colour, even though there is basically no colour shown. This clip is the last one to suffer from white level problems, being up there with the worst this disc has to offer in that regard.
Lyrics are a little hard to make out due to Eminem's rapping style, though this is no fault of the disc.
The surrounds were used for music only. Aggressive use was noticed during Stan, as the song features rain and thunder. The LFE channel was surprisingly dormant, with none of the songs exhibiting any deep bass, even though the CD recordings do.
The mix, overall, was disappointing, with the difference between the 2.0 and 5.1 tracks being minimal. The 5.1 track is really only the 2.0 track with added surrounds and a centre speaker. The centre channel isn't used well either, just being a matrixed channel from the two main channels. My preference would be for the 5.1 mix but only for the added ambience it provides.
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The video quality varies but overall it is definitely watchable.
The audio quality should have been better.
The extras are good but are lacking in quantity.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|