Christina Aguilera-Out of the Bottle (Warner) (1999) (NTSC)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Out of The Bottle follows Christina Aguilera from when she was just starting as a singer to the release of her debut album in 1999. Several recording and radio personalities (totally unknown to me) are featured who give their insight into Aguilera not only as a singer but also as a person. Most of the documentary is set in Christina Aguilera's home town of Wexford.
The documentary oozes low budget standards, from the cheap MIDI theme music to repeating the same stills of Aguilera over TEN times during the feature. The disc's content frequent repeats itself, with different people reiterating the same things. The only parts that really keep you awake are the interview segments with Christina Aguilera, as she has something different to say and is always bubbly, unlike the rest of the people that are interviewed who seem rather brain-dead. Not helping matters any is the fact that in the segments featuring Christina Aguilera, the picture has been zoomed in post-production and has then been put into monochrome which makes the image look terrible. Obviously, the makers have tried to give this documentary some sort of style but instead have made it look cheap and tacky, especially with the multi-coloured captions.
Unless you are a huge fan of Christina Aguilera and want to know every detail about her past, hire this DVD (do not buy) and watch it once, as you will never go back for a second viewing. I know I won't be.
This disc is in the NTSC format, so check to make sure that your TV or projector can display this DVD properly.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.
The picture doesn't show the highest amount of detail possible due to the source material being video. It has that blurred look that a lot of American sitcoms have, such as Friends, due to the NTSC formatting. The black level is set slightly too high. Shadow detail is non-existent since there are no scenes which feature darkness. The detail varies a little from scene to scene due to what looks like different source material, all being video-based. There is no low-level noise, but grain is consistent throughout the whole feature and is very annoying.
Colour is rather muted and skin tones are a little pale. No chroma noise or colour bleeding was evident.
There were no MPEG artefacts exhibited. Only some very small amounts of shimmer were spotted but none of them could be documented as aliasing since they do not get to that level.
There is only one audio track on this DVD which is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 mix.
The dialogue quality is good for the most part, but does become quite blurred at times, and with no subtitles I had to rewind and replay segments a couple of times in order to decipher what the interviewees were saying.
Audio sync was perfect at all times.
Even though the audio is in stereo, it has a certain mono feel to it since no directional effects are used. Having said that, this is more due to the content of the disc than anything else.
The musical score by Rod Anderson was very, very repetitive since it was the same theme just looped and looped and looped some more. The theme was a cheap rip-off of Genie In A Bottle, Christina Aguilera's first single.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|