Boyz II Men (Music in High Places) (2001)
Interviews-Cast-Shawn & Wayna
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Featurette-Getting There: The Soul Of Korea
Music Highlights-Just The Music
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||None Given|
|RPI||$39.95||Music||Boyz II Men|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The Boyz visit a US army base at the North/South Korean border (or Joint Security Area) and perform a couple of acoustic sets for the soldiers. The footage of and background to the Joint Security Area is quite interesting. The Boyz then move on to other centres of Korean culture, sampling some of the martial arts and other cultural traits, with acoustic sets thrown in left, right, and centre.
I have never been a huge fan of Boyz II Men and, unfortunately, this DVD has not changed my stance. This is a fairly short feature, lasting only 51 minutes, and would be best suited to fans.
|1. Do You Remember|
2. So Hard To Say Goodby To Yesterday
3. Water Runs Dry
4. End Of The Road
5. Girl In The Life Magazine
|6. Step On Up|
7. On Bended Knee
8. Never Go Away
10. Pass You By
The video on this disc is presented in 1.78:1 non 16x9 enhanced at an average bitrate of 8Mbps. The lack of 16x9 enhancement is very noticeable as every single frame of this DVD was recorded using DTV equipment and is thus in the 1.78:1 ratio. There would appear to be no reason why the entire DVD should not have been enhanced.
Sharpness seems a little lacking throughout. This is most likely due to the lack of enhancement. Shadow detail is generally good throughout with darker scenes being well represented.
Colour is well saturated throughout and particularly vivid at 23:50.
There are no noticeable MPEG artefacts but aliasing features quite regularly. Some examples of aliasing can be found at 12:14 (fence), 24:55 (wall), and 27:30 (roof).
Although there are about five different subtitles listed on the DVD, I could not get any of the choices to work.
This is a Dual Layered DVD without any layer change. It would appear the extra features are spread over the second layer of the DVD.
There are two audio tracks on this DVD - an English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track at 448Kbps and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track at 224Kbps. I listened primarily to the Dolby Digital 5.1 track and sampled the Dolby Digital 2.0 frequently. Although not great, the 5.1 track is an improvement over the 2.0 track.
Dialogue quality was fine throughout, although there would sound to be some post-processing applied to the singing that gives it a hollow feel - maybe too much reverb. Not nice.
Audio sync was fine throughout.
As mentioned above, a number of the acoustic tracks have a poor 5.1 mix, often throwing percussion into the rear channels giving a very disembodied feel to the music. Although this is not always the case, the mix still leaves a lot to be desired.
The subwoofer is fairly quiet throughout as the acoustic tracks make little demand for bass. Occasionally, the additional program score calls for more bass and the sub responds.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is acceptable.
The audio quality is average.
The extras are extensive but not overly satisfying.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||RCA 80cm. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-DS787, THX Select|
|Speakers||All matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)|