Billy Idol-VH1 Storytellers (2002)

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Released 20-Aug-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Animation & Audio
Discography
Music Highlights
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 104:00
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (55:51) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Billy Idol
Case Click
RPI $39.95 Music Billy Idol


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English dts 5.1 (1536Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Spanish
German
Italian
French
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

     Ahh, Billy Idol, a mainstay of Punk Rock for many years. Unless you are a fan of Billy you probably don't realise just how many songs he has recorded that you know and love. This DVD is a great trip down memory lane for me, giving plenty of opportunity for a great sing (scream...) along.

    This VH1 Storytellers disc is very entertaining throughout with a great mixture of songs and Billy's unique presence combining to give an excellent DVD experience. If you are a Billy Idol fan you must get this disc. Even if you aren't, it certainly deserves a look-in; you will be pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended.

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Track Listing

1. Cradle Of Love
2. Don' Need A Gun
3. Flesh For Fantasy
4. White Wedding
5. Sweet Sixteen
6. To Be A Lover
7. Rebel Yell
8. Kiss Me Deadly
9. Eyes Without A Face
10. Dancing With Myself
11. Untouchables
12. Ready Steady Go
13. Blue Highway
14. Mony Mony
15. L.A Woman

Transfer Quality

Video

     The video transfer presented on this disc is quite good with only a few minor imperfections.

    Unfortunately, this feature is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. This is quite disappointing as there was certainly digital widescreen video available when this concert was filmed. Oh well. It is, after all, about the music.

    Sharpness and shadow detail are acceptable throughout without being remarkable in any way.

    Colours are well saturated, and stage lights are well rendered. Again, nothing remarkable, merely sufficient.

    There were no MPEG artefacts that I could see. There was, however, some minor aliasing throughout, particularly noticeable on the guitar strings at 34:15. Film artefacts were not noticeable.

    The English subtitles not only include the concert commentary, but full lyrics as well. This is great to really stretch your vocal strings without mumbling half the lines in a semi-lyrical manner.

    This is an RSDL disc with the layer change occurring at 55:51. It is quite well placed and not overly disruptive.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

     Wow... Not a lot more to say really. This is an explosive soundtrack that will get the whole house rocking.

    There are three English audio tracks available on this disc, a Dolby Digital 5.1 track encoded at 448kbps, a Dolby Digital 2.0 track encoded at 224kbps, and a DTS 5.1 track encoded at the full bitrate of 1536kbps. The DTS track is marginally superior to the Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but there really is very little difference between the two.

    Dialogue quality is crisp and clear throughout, never suffering from any colouration or distortion. Audio sync is fine throughout.

    The music presented on this DVD is very, very, good. It is clean, clear and well defined with an excellent sense of space. This is one of the best concert soundtracks, bar none, that I have heard. The acoustic songs are so immaculately reproduced, it's like I was there in person. I admit to having this disc playing loud...very loud...it was just SO nice!

    The surrounds are used well to support the music but are never mixed in an unrealistic manner, or draw unnecessary attention to themselves.

    The subwoofer gets a house-rattling workout when necessary but remains well defined with plenty of punch. Very nice.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

     There are no extras to get excited over.

Menu

    Animated menus with audio backing. Nothing special, but well-themed.

Discography

    All of Billy Idol's musical releases to date.

Music Only (77:00)

    Play the feature without the comments between tracks. Very useful when you only want the music.

R4 vs R1

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

     The R1 disc appears to be identical to the local release in practically every regard, including extras. Taking into account the NTSC formatting of the R1 the only other consideration is price. The local release is likely to be cheaper.

Summary

     Billy Idol - VH1 Storytellers is a very entertaining trip down memory lane. With satisfactory video and exceptional audio quality, this is a must-have for Idol fans and lovers of 80s music.

    The video quality is satisfactory.

    The audio quality is exceptional.

    The extras are practically non-existent.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Cameron Rochester (read my bio)
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output
DisplayMitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS787, THX Select
SpeakersAll matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)

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