The UK Garage Project (2000)

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Released 18-Oct-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Booklet
CD
Menu Animation & Audio
DVD-ROM Extras-Web Links; Photo Gallery
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 95:59 (Case: 169)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Audio Format Select Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring None Given
Case Scanavo-Transparent-Dual
RPI $49.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/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 No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The UK Garage Project is a DVD and CD collection that showcases UK garage dance music.

    The DVD is divided into two different sections with different DJs that may be played individually or in series. The main section (68:30) is presented by Masterstepz and is filmed in the UK. The second section (27:29) is presented by Bobby & Steve and is filmed in the US in what appears to be Miami. Both sections have footage from inside clubs, in the studio, computer generated images and scenes from the relevant cities. This footage is then cut and looped in time with the music. Unfortunately, I did not find that this video mixing was very effective and felt it did not fit with the provided audio.

    In addition to the DVD, a separate CD is also included in this pack. This disc is presented by Mike 'Ruff Cut' Lloyd and I found this content to be more enjoyable than that provided on the DVD. The DVD cover displays a DVD+CD logo that is normally used to indicate a double sided disc with one side being a DVD and the second side a CD audio disc. This is obviously not the case, and may be a little confusing to potential purchasers.

    I should also note that the 2 disc packaging that is used is extremely hard to carefully remove the discs from. There seems to be no easy way to free the disc and a high level of force must be applied to the inner ring of the disc. Luckily the slick fits into other standard cases so you may change the case type if you plan to view these discs a lot.

    If you are a fan of UK garage, you may find the audio mix quite enjoyable but I feel that the video provided will leave you a little disappointed.

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Track Listing

1. Got To Get Mine
2. Enough Is Enough
3. Walk On Bye
4. Sho Me
5. Feel It
6. Do You Want Some More
7. First Time
8. Sunshine Lover
9. Spirit Of The Sun
10. You Got The Love
11. I Will Always Be Your Friend
12. Say The Word
13. Liferide
14. Get Me
15. You're Mine
16. Feel My Love
17. Jealosy
18. God Made Me Phunky
19. Be Right There
20. Midnight Sky
21. Do You Love What You Feel
22. Whenever You Want Me
23. Savanna's Groove

Transfer Quality

Video

    The full frame transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is acceptably sharp throughout and appears to have originated from a high quality video source. No low level noise was detected during the transfer. During most of the dark club footage, poor shadow detail was visible but this was not distracting to the viewer.

    The colours displayed during the club footage contained large amount of blue and red but at no stage during the transfer was any bleeding or any other colour problems detected.

    Numerous MPEG artefacts were visible throughout the transfer. This became a major problem with this transfer, as minor artefacts were visible in nearly every scene. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen during the UK footage at 0:34, 0:49, 2:42, 10:21, 24:00 and 32:05. These problems were quite distracting.

    A minor instance of aliasing was seen at 19:51 during the UK footage but this was not distracting.

    No film artefacts were detected during the transfer.

    No subtitles are provided on this disc.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 and 448 kbps 5.1 mixes are provided for both the UK and US sections of the disc. A second Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 mix is provided during the UK section and features MC comments layered on top of the standard audio. I listened to each of the standard tracks and briefly sampled the MC track. I found the 2.0 mixes for both sections to be of significantly lower quality than the 5.1 mix. The stereo mix displayed a collapsed soundfield and at points often sounded mono.

    The small amount of dialogue was always clear and easy to understand. No problems with audio sync or dropouts were detected during the transfer.

    The 5.1 mix is focused across the front three channels with the surrounds only used to fill out the soundfield.

    As you would expect, the subwoofer is used extensively at various points during the transfer.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

    The interesting car-themed menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Audio CD (73:38)

    This 20 track audio CD is presented by Mike 'Ruff Cut' Lloyd and contains a different selection of tracks than those included on the DVD.

Booklet

    This 10 page booklet contains a very short history of UK garage, DJ and MC profiles and a complete track listing. The information included is very brief but may be of interest to some viewers.

DVD-ROM Content

    This is a short Flash presentation, for both Windows and MacOS based systems, has two web site links and displays a slide show with eight low resolution images. These images appear to just be stills from the main footage and will not be missed if you do not have access to a DVD-ROM.

R4 vs R1

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

    I was unable to find any details on the R1 release of this disc but as it was produced in the UK I would be surprised it there were any differences between versions. As the Region 1 version appears to be difficult to obtain, my preference would be for the local version of this disc.

Summary

    If you are a fan of UK garage you may enjoy this disc but I feel that when compared to a CD, some of the major advantages of the DVD format such as multi-channel audio and visuals are not effectively utilized on this disc.

    Even without the numerous MPEG artefacts present, I feel that the video presented on this disc would disappoint many viewers, but luckily the main focus of this disc is the audio tracks.

    The very average 2.0 mixes are improved by the inclusion of 5.1 mixes, but even these tracks are not particularly impressive.

    The only significant extra is the CD by Mike 'Ruff Cut' Lloyd, which I actually found to be more enjoyable than the material presented on the DVD and a welcome inclusion.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Wednesday, August 29, 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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