Romeo & Juliet (Ballet de L'Opera de Paris) (1995)
Listing-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1995|
|Running Time||148:29 (Case: 150)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (82:05)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Alexandre Tarta|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, some music in credits|
When I was finished watching this disc, I was still trying to recall volunteering for it. Obviously, I am not a big fan of ballet in any form, and this disc did little to change that. However, if you are a fan of ballet, or a very big fan of the play on which this one is based, then you could do far worse than checking out this DVD.
Generally speaking, this transfer is passable, but it is plagued by a number of artefacts which are hard to put up with at the best of times. The transfer is reasonably sharp, but there seems to be an inherent softness in the picture, as if the presentation in question was shot using a camcorder. The shadow detail is lacking, with any part of the stage that wasn't thoroughly lit being little more than a section of darkness. Low-level noise appeared to be a minor problem in this transfer, with many of the darker areas in the transfer showing moderate traces of noise that have to be zoomed in on to really be noticed.
MPEG artefacts were not noticed for the most part, which is a surprise considering that the compression appears to have been set much lower than it actually needs to be, with the two hours of programme generally hovering around seven megabits per second. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of plentiful aliasing, especially in any shots involving musical instruments, or in the case of Chapter 8, swordplay. At 4:51, a shot of sheet music shimmers dreadfully. Film artefacts were rare, and not especially noticeable for the most part.
This disc is presented in the RSDL format, with the layer change taking place at the beginning of Chapter 30, at 82:05. This is during a zoom-in on a human skull, which I'm sure will be perfectly understood by those who are familiar with the story. Although the layer change is noticeable, its placement is excellent as it does not disrupt the action in any manner.
The music by Vello Pähn seemed to correspond well with the ballet dancing, but that's hardly a surprise. However, the manner in which it was meant to tell the story is somewhat lacking, as it is quite common to sit and watch the onscreen action without having any real idea of exactly what is going on, story-wise. Those who haven't read the play or seen a more faithful reproduction in film will be hard-pressed to understand exactly what is going on here.
The surround presence of the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is quite dramatic, with the orchestra being audible from all of the surround channels at almost every moment. Since the only other sound on this disc with any significant presence is that of the audience clapping, the surround channel usage is quite good. The subwoofer was used in a subtle manner to support the lower registers of the music, and did so without calling any attention to itself. As a matter of fact, I had to place my hand against the front of the subwoofer to make sure that it was actually doing something.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is average overall, although the credits state that this title was produced for HDTV, which is a dubious claim given the amount of aliasing I found and considering the lack of 16x9 enhancement of this title.
The audio quality is excellent, although it would be pretty hard to screw up a soundtrack that only consists of an orchestra, some applause, and the occasional sound of feet hitting the ground.
The extras are very ordinary.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80cm). Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-835|
|Speakers||Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Subwoofer|