Christina Aguilera-Out of the Bottle (Warner) (1999) (NTSC)

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Released 6-Nov-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Game-Trivia
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 47:24
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Christina Aguilera
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $34.95 Music Rod Anderson


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
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

    Christina Aguilera: Out of the Bottle is an unauthorized biography of Christina Aguilera. A disclaimer at the start of the program categorically states that  "This Documentary contains no music or performance by Christina Aguilera". This means that there is no interesting content on this DVD. There are no video clips, no live performances, not even an interview with Christina Aguilera that was made for this DVD; the interview that you see parts of during the documentary has been taken from a TV interview.

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    A sub-par presentation is all that could be salvaged from this shocking documentary.

    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.

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Audio

    An audio mix that is rather flat accompanies the documentary.

    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.


 

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Extras

    I wasn't expecting many extras from this disc and I didn't get many.

Menu

    The menu is the cover still with the choices: Play, Chapter Search and Trivia Game. It isn't 16x9 enhanced and has no audio.

Game - Trivia

    A multiple choice game that has questions relating to the feature. If you get all ten correct there is a surprise at the end. I will not be giving the answers due to the relative ease of the questions..

R4 vs R1

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

    This is the same disc that is released to the Region 1 market, so buy in Australia if you must.

Summary

      Christina Aguilera: Out of the Bottle is the biggest waste of plastic I have yet to review here at Michael D's. Absolute rubbish, do not go near it unless you must know everything about Christina Aguilera. Even the decent video and audio cannot save this disc from doom.

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© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Friday, November 03, 2000
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