Billy Idol-VH1 Storytellers (2002)
Menu Animation & Audio
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (55:51)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
|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
12. Ready Steady Go
13. Blue Highway
14. Mony Mony
15. L.A Woman
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is satisfactory.
The audio quality is exceptional.
The extras are practically non-existent.
|DVD||Pioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output|
|Display||Mitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-DS787, THX Select|
|Speakers||All 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)|