Nazareth-Razamanaz (1985) (NTSC)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
|Year Of Production||1985|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Phillip Goodhand-Tait|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This is a great set and the band perform with a polished, yet vital set, despite the apparent lack of crowd numbers and audience feedback (well it was filmed on a Monday night!) It's not quite WYSIWYG as there's obviously a couple of session musos tucked out of sight on rhythm guitar and piano or else more likely lurking in a reel-to-reel backing track. The old favourites are there; Love Hurts, This Flight Tonight and the title track Razamanaz, but there's also a brilliant funk-rock version of JJ Cale's Cocaine and a simmering I Want To (Do Everything For You) with funky bass and dazzling guitar overlay. In short, if you want raw energy, sophisticated rock in a polished delivery you could do much worse than add this recording to your DVD music collection.
3. I Want To (Do Everything For You)
4. Boys In The Band
5. Beggars Day
6. Dream On
|8. This Month's Messiah|
9. This Flight Tonight
10. Love Hurts
11. Hair Of The Dog
12. Teenage Nervous Breakdown
13. Ain't Got You
The aspect ratio for this shot-for-TV feature is unsurprisingly 1.33:1 and the transfer is therefore not 16x9 enhanced. Note that it is presented in NTSC, so your equipment will need to be NTSC compatible to view it.
The transfer was well detailed with just a tinge of the characteristic NTSC softness but shadow detail was good and low level noise largely excellent.
The colours were realistically and pleasingly rendered with just a touch of chroma noise in some of the backdrops seen through the dry ice.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen and aliasing was almost absent, only seen in the gauze metal overlay of the microphones - much better than the average rock video. There are no film artefacts of note.
There were no subtitles, so I'm afraid unless you can lip read or speak fluent Glaswegian you're going to miss much of the dialogue.
My Sony player reported this as a dual layered disc, but all the data seemed to be on Layer 0 with no RSDL point.
There were two tracks advertised on the back cover and also referred to in the audio setup - stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1, but detailed examination of the disc shows these to be both Dolby Digital 5.1 so who knows what happened to the stereo version! This isn't a big deal as most players down-mix to stereo quite adequately and I confirmed this on my 2 channel setup.
Dan McAfferty's vocals and dialogue were well delivered technically but some sloppy microphone technique and a thick Glaswegian accent meant that they were sometimes hard to make out to this Pommie Sassenach. Audio and lip synch seemed to be spot on.
The surround channels were well utilised, even in the menu, when an arcing discharge is spun round the room. In the performance they are mostly used for ambience but occasionally a drum roll was rolled around the rear surrounds just to show that the surround mix engineer was on the ball. Unusually, much of the bass was directed to the centre channel so unless you have a decent sized centre speaker you might be better off switching this channel off or else making sure your processor correctly delivers surround/centre bass to the subwoofer.
The subwoofer was constantly in action, also with the bass guitar.
|Surround Channel Use|
The DVD is slickly authored and the menu is very well presented in 1.33:1, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround with interesting animation affects and a live video window for each track selection.
The video quality is really good, and above average for this sort of feature.
The audio quality is also very good but missing the advertised stereo track..
The extras are just about non-existent but for reasons stated above I don't think this is a big deal.
|DVD||EAD 8000 Pro, using RGB output|
|Display||NEC MP3. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Audio Decoder||Naim AV2. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Theta Digital Intrepid|
|Speakers||ML Aeon front. B&W LRC6 Centre. ML Script rear. REL Strata III SW.|