Giselle (Kirov Ballet) (1983)
Listing-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1983|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Preben Montell|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Giselle is a pleasant enough production although I don't think the music compares to any of the great ballets. It certainly does not have the famous melodies that are found within 'The Nutcracker' for example. I am not an expert on ballet but I know the reputation of the Kirov and the performance at least seemed of a high standard. Doubtless ballet critics will applaud or criticize particular scenes within the performance but at least to the casual observer no faults could be found.
The first act of Giselle is brightly lit and has few problems of note for a 1983 production. The painted backgrounds would not need a high bitrate to be well encoded. The blacks in the first half (when they occur) present no problems. Act two is a different story. Set at night, the act contains low level noise throughout. The worst scenes are Chapters 19-21. The dark shots look grainy and uneven with blacks poorly saturated. The transfer is not very sharp.
There are some stronger colours in the first act, but none in the second. There were no colour-related problems in the transfer.
Grain and pixelization were only a problem in this transfer during the darker parts of the second act. MPEG and videotape artefacts were minimal.
This disc is not a dual layer disc and thus was free of any layer change issues.
Having already commented on the music itself, which was pleasant if unremarkable, the sound presentation on this DVD is similarly adequate but also unremarkable. The musicians of the Orchestra of the Leningrad Theatre of Opera and Ballet perform perfectly adequately. The strings sound strident at times and the recording does have a tendency to sound 'bright' but there are no serious problems.
The audio is not surround encoded and contains no deep bass at all.
|Surround Channel Use|
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|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 117cm widescreen rear projection TV. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Rotel RSP-985 THX Ultra certified surround pre-amp.|
|Amplification||Parasound HCA-2003 3x300w THX certified power amp, NAD 208THX 2x300w power amp.|
|Speakers||Velodyne HGS-18 1250w 18” servo-driven subwoofer, Celestion A3 front speakers, A2 rear speaker (full range) and A4c center channel speaker.|