Moby-Play (2001)

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Released 8-Aug-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Booklet
Music Video-10
Featurette-Give An Idiot A Camcorder
Featurette-Live On T.V.
DVD-ROM Extras-Web Links; Beatnik Remix (2)
DVD Credits
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 122:42
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given

EMI Music
Starring Moby
Case Soft Brackley-Transp-Dual v2
RPI $29.95 Music Moby

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Moby: Play The DVD is the DVD compilation of Moby's 1999 multi-platinum selling album Play.

    Even if you are not aware of Moby's work you will have heard tracks from this album sampled and used in numerous television advertisements. The album is a little hard to categorize as it draws its influences from blues, rock and electronica.

    Included on this disc are a collection of music videos from the Play album, a collection of live tracks from a television appearance, a 90 minute Megamix with various artists mixing Moby's tracks, a collection of behind-the-scenes footage by Moby and two tracks that can be remixed on a computer.

    The track listing for Moby's performance on UK show Live on TV Jools Holland (23:10) is as follows:

1. Natural Blues
2. Porcelain
3. Go

4. New Dawn Fades
5. Everloving
6. Porcelain (acoustic)

    The track listing for Moby's Megamix (88:30) is as follows:

1. Porcelain (Futureshock Remix)
2. Natural Blues (Katcha Mix)
3. Honey (Sharam Jey’s Sweet Honey Mix)
4. Bodyrock (Olav Basoski’s Da Hot Funk Da Freak Funk Remix)
5. Natural Blues (Peace Division Dub)
6. Run On (Dani König Remix)
7. South Side (Pete Heller Park Lane Vocal)
8. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Katcha Remix)
9. Natural Blues (Perfecto Remix)

10. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Ferry Corsten Remix)
11. Porcelain (Torsten Stenzel’s Vocaldubmix)
12. South Side (Hybrid Dishing Pump Instrumental)
13. Natural Blues (Mike D Remix)
14. Run On (Moby’s Young & Funky Mix)
15. Honey (Moby’s 118 Remix)
16. Bodyrock (Rae & Christian Remix)
17. Run On (Dave Clarke Remix)
18. Porcelain (Clubbed To Death Version By Rob Dougan)

    The Play music videos (34:12) included are listed below:

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Track Listing

1. Bodyrock (Auditions)
2. Honey
3. Find My Baby
4. Porcelain (Jonas Akerland)
5. Natural Blues
6. Bodyrock
7. Run On
8. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
9. Natural Blues (Animated)
10. Porcelain (Nick Brandt)

Transfer Quality


    This transfer is presented in a range of different aspect ratios. The group of live performances are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and are 16x9 enhanced. The computer animated video for Moby's Megamix is presented in full frame at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The music videos for Find My Baby, Bodyrock (Fredrick Bond), Run On and Porcelain (Nick Brandt) are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and are not 16x9 enhanced. The remaining videos are presented in full frame at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    Sharpness varies with each of the different videos presented. The transfer for both the live performances and the Megamix are consistently sharp. Both the videos for Bodyrock as well as the video for Run On are quite soft. The Bodyrock (Auditions) video displays some low level noise but this is not distracting as the video is supposed to look like a low quality audition tape.

    The colours during all of the videos appear to have been accurately reproduced.

    A number of macro-blocking MPEG artefacts may be seen during the Find My Baby video at 7:22, 7:32, 8:10 and 8:58. MPEG artefacts may also be seen during the Bodyrock video at 17:56 and 18:23. Each of these artefacts are slightly distracting to the viewer.

    Numerous instances of aliasing may be seen during some of the videos presented. Some examples of these problems may be seen during the music videos at 4:01, 5:48, 8:58, 13:24, 19:12 and 20:06. Due to the frequency of these artefacts they are reasonably disruptive to the viewer. Some minor instances of aliasing may also be seen during the live performances at 0:25, 4:03, 13:52 and 17:48.

    Some moiré artefacts may be seen during the music videos at 13:50, 18:31 and 19:02. These artefacts are slightly distracting to the viewer.

    Some minor film grain may be seen during the Natural Blues (David La Chapelle) video but this is never distracting.

    Some examples of dot crawl may be seen during the Run On video at 21:39 and 23:18. An instance of cross coloration is also visible during the clip at 21:54.

    No subtitles are included on this disc.

    This disc is dual layered with the split between layers placed between clips. Consequently, it is undetectable by the viewer.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The Give an Idiot a Camcorder featurette is presented with a Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 audio mix. All other material on the disc is presented with both a Dolby Digital 384 kbps 5.1 and a Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 audio mix.

    The lyrics on both mixes are clear and easy to understand at all times, and no problems with audio sync or dropouts was detected during the transfer.

    During the 5.1 mix on this disc, the surround channels are used sparingly. The soundstage is focused across the front three channels with the surrounds used to reinforce the front channels. This mix does not have different instruments moving around the soundfield and is quite natural-sounding.

    The subwoofer is used effectively throughout both mixes during all the material presented.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The non-animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Featurette: Give an Idiot a Camcorder (21:27)

    This is a collection of short back stage clips and interviews created by Moby during his world tour. This featurette is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Moby Megamix CD

    A 74 minute Moby Megamix audio CD is included in this package.

Booklet: Poster

    A small booklet with a poster on the reverse side.

DVD-ROM Content

    A Beatnik browser plug-in is provided for use on both Windows and MacOS based systems. This allows the user to remix the supplied Bodyrock and Natural Blues audio tracks.

R4 vs R1

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

The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;

The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    The Region 4 version is the clear winner in this case.


    Moby: Play The DVD is a disc that all Moby fans will definitely want to add to their collection.

    Some of the video clips presented on this disc display a number of artefacts, but these are only slightly distracting.

    Both the 5.1 and 2.0 mixes provided are of excellent quality.

    The featurette included is quite amusing and shows a different side to the artist. The bonus CD is a welcome inclusion.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Saturday, August 25, 2001
Review Equipment
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