Eminem-Hitz & Disses (Unauthorized) (Warner Vision) (2000) (NTSC)

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Released 6-Nov-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Featurette-Fan's Freestyles (2:34)
Interviews-Cast-Eminem (2:07)
Web Links
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 48:13
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Eminem
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $34.95 Music Jshaw
scat


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 1.0 (112Kb/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

    After reviewing Christina Aguilera: Out Of The Bottle I had very low expectations for this disc, but it did surprise me very slightly, being a little more watchable than the previous disc. This disc comes from the same stable of unauthorized DVDs which have no actual performance by the artist in question, this time being Eminem.

    Eminem: Hitz & Disses is a biography of Marshall Mathers, from his beginnings as a rapper trying to impress record companies to his rise as an artist. Most of the feature is comprised of interviews with several recording company workers plus an interview with Eminem that is inserted throughout the documentary.

    Most of the problems that are present in Christina Aguilera: Out Of The Bottle make an appearance here. Again, there is cheap MIDI music imitating My Name Is, one of Eminem's hits, which is repeated constantly. Fortunately, there is no overuse of the same stills this time. The actual content of the disc is only barely interesting, mainly when some of the people interviewed tell stories about Eminem. What really got me annoyed was when a transition between a scene happens, the makers have added the impression that you are changing television stations. This takes way too long and became irritating in seconds.

    Fans of Eminem take note, anyone else, steer clear of this DVD.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is a little lacking but good overall.

    This disc is in the NTSC format, so check to make sure that your TV or projector can display this DVD properly.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    Detail is good in this transfer, which is a definite step up from Christina Aguilera: Out Of The Bottle. Again, the source material used here is NTSC video, as the blurred look shows. Shadow detail is decent but in a lot of the shadow-heavy scenes post-production processing has lessened the amount of detail shown. No low-level noise was present.

    The colour is rather muted and vibrancy just isn't there. Skin tones are still good but only in the scenes that have not been changed in post-production.

    No MPEG artefacts were present. Some very slight cases of aliasing were spotted. Marks were at a minimum. The only oddity I could find was a green line running down the left side of Lisa Lisa's face at 10:18 - 11:05. I wasn't sure whether it was a light reflecting off her face, or some type of artefact.

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Audio

    A rather flat mix accompanies the feature.

    There is only the one audio track on this DVD, which is in Dolby Digital 1.0 encoded at a very low 112 kilobits per second.

    Dialogue was clear at all times. Audio sync was perfect at all times.

    The problem with this track is that it is completely lifeless. You either hear it or you don't, there is no variation.

    The music by Jshaw & scat is repetitive and boring. It would have been nice if the makers of this DVD had gotten the rights to use at least a couple of Eminem's songs.

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Extras

    The only real extra on this disc is the weblink since the others are included in the main feature.

Menu

    The menu is a still with the choices: Play The Film, Chapter Search (8), Fan's Freestyles, Interview and Weblink. It is not 16x9 enhanced and is silent.

Fan's Freestyles

    A compilation of several fans performing without music hence the name freestyles . All of these segments are present in the actual feature. They are presented here spliced together.

Interview - Eminem

    This is the whole Eminem interview that is present in the feature spliced together.

Weblink

R4 vs R1

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

    This is the same disc that is released to the Region 1 market. The Australian purchase would be the better one.

Summary

      Eminem: Hitz & Disses is another poor excuse for a DVD. Sure, the technical quality is above average but what's the point when you have such poor content as this. For fans only.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Friday, November 03, 2000
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