Eminem-E (1999)

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Released 24-Jan-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Animation & Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Featurette-Making of "Stan"
Featurette-The Mathers' Home
Notes-Credits
Booklet
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 34:18
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Various
Studio
Distributor
Aftermath Entertain
Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Eminem
Dido
Devon Sawa
Dr. Dre
Case Flexbox
RPI $36.95 Music Eminem


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
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

    Although I am no big fan of Eminem, I did review the first Eminem DVD to be released in Australia (Eminem: Hitz and Disses). After that horror, I had little enthusiasm for any other Eminem DVDs. Just my luck, then, that I was stuck with this title to review. However, to my delight, I was actually pleasantly surprised by this disc. The first difference is that this DVD is actually an official release, unlike the previous title, which was an "unauthorized" release. The second difference is that this is a video clip compilation, unlike the last one. Also, this one features some of Eminem's bigger hits.

    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.

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Track Listing

1. Stan
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***

Transfer Quality

Video

    Eminem - E is presented at varying aspect ratios, from 1.33:1 to around 2.35:1, with 1.66:1, 1.78:1 and 1.85:1 also being used for various clips. None of the clips are 16x9 enhanced, though the possibility was certainly there.

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.

Audio

    Eminem - E features both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 mixes. I listened to the 5.1 mix and listened to most of the 2.0 mix also. I was surprised to hear (literally) that the disc didn't feature a linear PCM mix.

    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.

Extras

Menu Animation & Audio

    The menu is fully animated and looks quite nice, although the accompanying audio is relatively loud. It has Stan playing in the background.

Featurette - Making of "Stan" (8:41, 1.33:1, DD 2.0)

    A short look at the five day shoot of the clip. It features interviews with Dido, Dr. Dre, Phil Atwell and Devon Sawa (from Final Destination). Surprisingly, the featurette doesn't feature all that much from the clip itself, rather just behind-the-scenes footage, which is always a good thing. It is of rather good quality with no major problems.

Featurette - The Mathers' Home (5:26, 1.33:1, DD 2.0)

    An obvious spoof of The Blair Witch Project, this time the setting is two Eminem fans visiting Eminem's home. It is quite funny and deserves a look. The video quality is somewhat below par as it was shot on a handheld camera, although this way it retains that Blair Witch feel.

Notes - Credits

    Everyone that put these clips together.

Booklet (4 Pages)

Censorship

    There is censorship information available for this title. Click here to read it (a new window will open). WARNING: Often these entries contain MAJOR plot spoilers.

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 identical in R1, apart from NTSC formatting.

Summary

    Eminem - E is a decent look at some of Eminem's better work.

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Friday, May 18, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-626D, using Component output
DisplayToshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationYamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.
SpeakersMain Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s

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