Backstreet Boys-Night Out with the Backstreet Boys, A (2001)

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General Extras
Category Music Menu Animation & Audio
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Web Links
DVD Credits
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 70:37
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Nigel Dick
Billie Woodruff
Louis J. Pearlman
Studio
Distributor

Zomba Records
Starring Kevin Richardson
Howard "Howie D." Dorough
Alexander James "A.J." McLean
Brian "B-Rok" Littrell
Nick Carter
Case Brackley-Opaque-Lipped
RPI $34.95 Music The Backstreet Boys


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
German
Japanese
Spanish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, Behind the Scenes Montage during credits

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Plot Synopsis

    Out of the 3 Backstreet Boys DVDs recently released, A Night Out with the Backstreet Boys will probably appeal to the broadest audience.  Gone are the oversized Fox racing pants, and synchronised line dance choreography aimed squarely at the female teen market. Instead, the boys make a bid for respectability in an entertaining stage show complete with onstage Indian rugs, barstools, and backing vocals from a choir. One could almost forgive the girly haircut chosen for Nick as they've certainly hit the right note with the stage decor, lighting, and casual outfits.

    Most of the time, the selected songs work rather well in fresh new laid back arrangements. The two songs that seemed out of place, As Long As You Love Me and Quit Playing Games with My Heart only seem so because each of the boys are so used to the upbeat choreography that usually accompanies these numbers, they look uncomfortable as they all "Chair Dance". (Definition - When someone is waving their arms, and moving their body to the beat of music, but are still fully seated. Usually glimpsed in an adjacent car stopped at traffic lights, with a particularly happy young driver behind the wheel.)

    As with the previous Backstreet Boys Live in Orlando DVD, each boy gets a solo chance in the spotlight, and each of them performs the same song they did on the previous DVD with the exception of Kevin, who opts for a piano solo without lyrics. This time around, these solos seem to work better in this casual atmosphere, with only Howie D's solo, My Heart Stays with You, coming off as forced and insincere. Laced in and out of the solo efforts is some particularly nice camera work that adds to the emotions of the songs. 10,000 Promises would have to be the song that benefits the most from this change in style. Like a Child suffers the most from this treatment as the vocals thin out so much, it's hard to tell if they are singing at times.

    The concert ends with two exceptional video clips for All I Have to Give, and I'll Never Break Your Heart.  Both of these are the best I've ever seen them presented.

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Track Listing

1. Who Do You Love
2. As Long As You Love Me
3. 10,000 Promises
4. That's What She Said/Where Can
5. Lay Down Beside Me
6. I Need You Tonight
7. My Heart Stays With You
8. Kevin's Solo (Untitled)
9. Like A Child
10. All I Have To Give
11. If I Don't Have You/I'll Never
12. Quit Playing Games
13. Let's Have A Party
14. All I Have To Give (Video)
15. I'll Never Break Your Heart

Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented in 1.33:1 (Full Frame) and 1.85:1 aspect ratios. Interview material and the music videos appear to be in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The concert footage is in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. None of the transfer is 16x9 enhanced.

    There is a definite lack of sharpness in the concert footage.  In fact, at the beginning of Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), 54:23, it's actually difficult to pick out the individual band members.  Close ups are almost always in focus, but the long shots are consistently fuzzy. During the concert footage, shadow detail is lacking, but there did not appear to be any problems with noise. The final two video clips are both extremely sharp and clear, with none of the problems present in the concert footage.

    Colour appears to be a bit washed out, and skin tones run on the pale side. Again, the final music clips appear to have accurate colour.

    Some posterization can be seen at 59:36 and 59:50. Aliasing can be spotted most noticeably on the clarinet at 18:47, almost any shot that includes the Indian rugs on stage, and on the microphone at 6:41 and 32:47. Slight grain can be spotted during 10,000 Promises at 13:05.

    There are 6 subtitle tracks on this disc. The English subtitles appeared to be extremely accurate to the spoken and sung words.



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Audio

    The strongest aspect of this DVD would have to be the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Overall, it's a nice sound mix with the rears used for piano and a slight echo to the vocals during the concert footage.

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There is also an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. I listened to all of the 5.1 mix, and the first two songs in the 2.0 mix.

    The 2.0 mix was adequate, but nothing to write home about.  Not as impressive as the 2.0 mixes on Backstreet Boys - Live in Orlando, and Backstreet Boys - All Access.

    There is an extreme amount of bass during the two interview segments, one at the beginning of the program, and one just before My Heart Stays with You.  This is even more noticeable as it does not match up to the balanced quality of the rest of the mix.  However, the dialogue is clear and easy to understand during these segments.  I did not detect any audio sync problems.

    What starts out as a nice example of a 5.1 concert soundtrack does tend to thin out towards the end of the concert footage. It's almost as if the bass is slowly decreased as the concert goes along. There was also some significant distortion from the rears during Lay Down Beside Me from 21:00 to 22:58 due to some thin vocals.

    The subwoofer could have used more of a workout during the concert footage, but overall, it wasn't problematic.

    As with the video clips included on the Backstreet Boys - All Access DVD, I have to rave about the 5.1 soundtrack during the final two video clips. Definitely a shining example of how to handle a surround mix for music videos.

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Extras

    There are no significant extras to speak of.

Menu

    The Menus are bright, colourful, and employ clips from the DVD playing in windows with accompanying Backstreet Boys music. There are chapter search menus, audio and subtitle selection menus, and two Internet links in submenus.

R4 vs R1

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

    This is another Backstreet Boys DVD where several sources differed on the number and type of audio tracks and the existence of subtitles on the R1 disc. 

    Given that the R4 disc is PAL, and R4 may have additional subtitles, I would have to recommend the R4 disc.

Summary

    A Night Out With the Backstreet Boys is a nice break from the band's traditional performances. 

    The overall video lacks sharpness most of the time.

    This DVD offers a good 5.1 concert soundtrack mix, and two outstanding 5.1 video clip soundtracks. 

    There are no significant extras. 

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Jeff Montgomery (Bio)
Sunday, August 26, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-C670P, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, displayed on a flat white wall. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.
AmplificationSony STR DE-845
SpeakersFront - Teac LS-S1000F, Centre - Teac LS-C1000, Rears -Teac LS S1000R, Subwoofer - Teac LS-W1000 (passive)

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