Pearl Jam-Touring Band 2000 (2001)

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Released 20-Jul-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Audio
Featurette-Europe Montage-The Cities
Featurette-Europe Montage-The Band
Featurette-Europe Montage-The Fans
Featurette-Smile
Featurette-Matt Cam: Evacuation, Evenflow, In My Tree
Music Video-Evolution, Oceans
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 124:58
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (78:17) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Ed Vedder
Jeff Ament
Matt Cameron
Stone Gossard
Mike McCready
Case Snapper
RPI $29.95 Music Pearl Jam


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Pearl Jam Touring Band 2000 is a collection of live concert footage not surprisingly from the band's 2000 tour series.

    The disc provides twenty eight separate live tracks from different concerts that have been neatly integrated to give a single concert experience. This main live concert footage has a running time of over two hours and the disc also includes a number of additional extras.

    If you are a fan of the band you should definitely check out this disc. It provides the next best thing to attending a Pearl Jam concert and can be played at your convenience. Unfortunately, the video quality could have been significantly improved but as the viewer's main interest is in the audio content this can be tolerated.

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Track Listing

1. Long Road
2. Corduroy
3. Grievance
4. Animal
5. Gods Dice
6. Evacuation
7. Given To Fly
8. Dissident
9. Nothing As It Seems
10. Evenflow
11. Lukin
12. Not For You
13. Daughter
14. Untitled
15. MFC
16. Thin Air
17. Leatherman
18. Betterman
19. Nothingman
20. Insignificance
21. I Got S***
22. RVM
23. Wishlist
24. Jeremy
25. Evolution
26. Don't Go
27. Panting Ways
28. Rocking In The Free World

Transfer Quality

Video

    The content for this disc was obviously source from a relatively low quality tape source that has been further degraded by the MPEG encoding. Luckily, viewers will mainly be concerned with the audio content but the poor quality video is still a disappointment.

    The video is presented as a full frame transfer at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is unfortunately quite soft throughout and never provides high levels of detail at any stage. The dark backgrounds and crowd scenes never display high levels of shadow detail, as you would expect from this type of video source. Significant low level noise is also visible throughout the transfer which is disruptive to the viewer.

    The colours displayed during the transfer are often quite extreme with large amounts of red and blue created by the lighting effects. Despite these extreme colours, the transfer appears muted and never highly accurate at any stage. Chroma noise is also visible throughout the transfer.

    Various small MPEG artefacts may be seen continually throughout the transfer. These artefacts are visible in most scenes with parts of the picture displaying small macro blocking effects and shimmering. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 13:30, 15:13, 17:40 and 24:35. Despite being reasonably small, the frequent occurrence of these artefacts is quite disruptive to the viewer.

    There are numerous examples of aliasing present throughout the transfer. Some examples of these appear around the edges of band members' shirts, instruments and the stage and may be seen at 10:10, 11:28 and 29:14.

    As this transfer originated from a tape source there are no film artefacts present in the transfer.

    During the transfer, a halo effect can be seen around all brightly lit objects. This continues for the duration of the feature and is quite distracting to the viewer.

    Unfortunately there is no subtitle track included on this disc. The inclusion of a subtitle track would have been appreciated as some of the lyrics are a little hard to understand if you are unfamiliar with the songs.

    The layer change occurs at 78:17 at the start of Chapter 21. This point is the beginning of a new track and is only mildly disruptive to the viewer.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    Two different audio tracks are included on this disc. The default track is a 2.0 Linear PCM mix but a Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 mix is also provided. I listened to both tracks in full and preferred the more natural PCM mix. Listeners should note that as both audio tracks have been recorded at around 10db louder than normal they should check their volume settings before playing this disc.

    The lyrics for some songs are a little hard to understand for listeners unfamiliar with the band's songs.

    At no stage during the transfer were any dropouts or problems with audio sync detected.

    Even though the 5.1 mix is focused across the front three channels, the surround channels are used extensively during this aggressive Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. They are used mainly for crowd noises as well as some instruments. Unfortunately, I found this mix rather unnatural but I am sure that some people will undoubtedly enjoy this mix.

    The subwoofer channel is used throughout to support the music but never draws attention to itself.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The non animated menus are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Featurette: Europe Montage

   This is a collection of footage taken during the band's tour of Europe. It is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and has an accompanying PCM audio track. The footage is divided into the following three sections: The Cities (5:02), The Band (3:32) and The Fans (6:02).

Featurette: Smile (3:57)

    This contains a series of clips of the band clowning around and is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a live PCM audio track.

Featurette: Matt Cam

    This featurette contains footage of drummer Matt Cameron performing the following three tracks: Evacuation (2:58), Evenflow (5:25) and In My Tree (4:03). All footage is presented full frame at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with an accompanying PCM audio track.

Music Video: Do The Evolution (4:12)

    This video is presented with a PCM audio track at an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. There is obvious low level noise present throughout the video.

Music Video: Oceans (2:49)

    This video is presented with a PCM audio track at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. There is obvious low level noise and MPEG compression artefacting present throughout the video.

R4 vs R1

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

    As both versions of this disc feature identical content, and as the R1 disc also reportedly has the same low quality video, I would have no preference for either version.

Summary

    Pearl Jam Touring Band 2000 is a disc that attempts to recreate the live concert experience that will definitely appeal to fans of the band.

    The video transfer presented on this disc is quite disappointing but adequate for the required purpose.

    The choice between a 2.0 PCM track and a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix should satisfy all viewers.

    The collection of extras provided on this disc are quite entertaining but would have been improved with a complete discography or a lyric subtitle stream.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Thursday, August 02, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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Comments (Add)
Despite the video quality this is an awesome DVD - Michael H (wish my bio were here)