KISS-Konfidential & X-Treme Close Up

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Released 8-Aug-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production ?
Running Time 176:55 (Case: 179)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Tim Rozner
Jack Sawyers
Bill Bowman
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Bruce Kulick
Eric Singer
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $34.95 Music KISS


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles French
Spanish
Italian
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    KISS: Konfidential & X-Treme Close Up are two feature-length documentaries examining the legendary band KISS.

    The first documentary included on the disc is Konfidential (87:35). This feature was produced in 1993 and includes a number of live performances, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with band members. During these interview segments, the band discusses their previous tours and their performing history. They discuss their early concerts and present short clips from performances from the mid 70s to the early 90s.

    The second documentary, X-Treme Close Up (89:20), was produced in 1992. This feature looks more closely at the history of the band and their rise to fame. It includes a series of interview segments with various band members as well as vintage clips and historical footage. They discuss the band's beginnings, their rise to fame, previous band members, merchandising and the pressures they faced.

    These documentaries will definitely appeal to KISS fans and they provide access to some rarely seen footage and performances.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    As historical footage from various sources comprise a significant portion of both features, the video quality of the transfers varies considerably.

    Both features are presented full frame at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1

    Due to the wide range of material presented, the sharpness during both features is highly variable. Some of the old film and video footage is quite soft, but this is understandable due to its age. No low level noise was detected during the transfer. Shadow detail varies considerably during the footage presented but at no stage displays high levels of detail.

    During both transfers, the colour also varies due to the range of material presented. The palette often appears slightly muted as you would expect from material of this age, but at no stage is this distracting to the viewer.

    MPEG artefacts are a significant problem for both features in this transfer. Artefacts are visible during any scene with rapid movement but are more obvious during film-based material. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen during Konfidential at 1:06, 11:55 and 31:52. Artefacts during X-Treme may be seen at 1:25, 8:12, 12:36, 28:58 and 29:15. Due to their regular occurrence and severity, these artefacts are very distracting.

    Luckily, aliasing poses no problem during either feature with no instances detected.

    Not surprisingly, film artefacts are visible during much of the historical footage presented. Examples of these artefacts may be seen at 11:08, 20:40, 50:26 and 62:47 during Konfidential, and at 5:50, 6:28, 7:29 and 7:48 during X-Treme. These artefacts are not disruptive to the viewer as they are to be expected with footage of this age.

    Numerous analogue tape errors may also be seen during both features. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 5:20, 26:34, 45:51 and 56:08 during Konfidential and at 19:55, 24:36, 24:41 and 54:11 during X-Treme.

    A number of rolling lines due to video interference may be seen during X-Treme at 20:53 and 23:14 but this is due to the source material and is not a fault of the transfer.

    French, Spanish and Italian subtitles are provided during the interview segments. No subtitles are provided for the concert footage presented.

    Each feature is contained on a separate layer of this dual-layered DVD and consequently there is no layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    Due to the range of source materials, the quality of the audio presentation varies throughout both features. During some of the mid 70s performances, the soundfield collapses to an almost mono presentation and some background hiss may be heard.

    Both a Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 mix and a PCM mix are included on this disc. The PCM mix is constantly superior and there is no obvious reason for the inclusion of the Dolby Digital mix.

    The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand.

    No dropouts or problems with sync were detected during the transfer.

    The surround channels were not utilized during this transfer.

    The subwoofer was used throughout to support the musical performances.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Subwoofer
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Extras

    No extras are included on this disc.

Menu

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

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc does not appear to be currently available in Region 1.

Summary

    KISS Konfidential & X-Treme Close Up is a disc that all KISS fans are sure to enjoy as it provides some rare footage and interesting interviews.

    The video transfer for this disc is marred by the presence of significant MPEG artefacts throughout.

    The audio transfer is adequate for the material provided, but viewers should ensure that they listen to the PCM track and not the inferior Dolby Digital track.

    Unfortunately, no extras are provided on the disc - even the inclusion of a discography would have been appreciated.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Sunday, September 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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