Rage Against the Machine-Rage Against the Machine (1997) (NTSC)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Notes-Reading List
Notes-Contacts
Audio-Only Track-The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Rating ?
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 78:34
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Zack De La Rocha
Tim Bob
Brad Wilk
Tom Morello
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $34.95 Music Rage Against The Machine


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Rage Against The Machine contains a mixture of live concert footage and a number of video clips from the band Rage Against The Machine.

    Rage is a band from Los Angeles, California who have been producing music since 1992. The band is known for their politically conscious songs where they express their leftist views. Rage is also known for their support of various political and social organizations who also try to raise awareness of political oppression, censorship and numerous civil rights issues.

    The disc comprises approximately one hour of live footage from four different concerts, followed by six uncensored video clips. The addition of the video clips is a nice touch, given the limited amount of live material on this DVD.

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Track Listing

1. The Ghost Of Tom Joad
2. Vietnow
3. People Of The Sun
4. Bulls On Parade
5. Bullet In The Head
6. Zapata's Blood
7. Know Your Enemy
8. Bombtrack
9. Tire Me
10. Killing In The Name
11. Killing In The Name
12. Bullet In The Head
13. Freedom
14. Bulls On Parade
15. Memory Of The Dead (Land And...)
16. People Of The Sun

Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer on this DVD appears to have had numerous artefacts introduced intentionally, presumably to give the clips a rough guerilla indy production feel. If these artefacts are by some chance not intentional, then this transfer would qualify as the worse I have ever seen.

    The NTSC full frame transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is quite soft throughout and often looks similar to an old VHS image. The video clips towards the end of the disc exhibit higher levels of sharpness but at no stage does the transfer display the levels of detail that we can expect from DVD. During the live concert footage, low level noise is obvious during many scenes but I believe this to be intentional. Shadow detail is quite poor for the transfer due to the poor lighting and video source materials.

    The colours displayed in the transfer are rather muted but are suitable for the rough-looking transfer.

    Numerous MPEG artefacts, mainly macro blocking, are visible during the transfer with many of these intentionally placed. In addition to the intentional artefacts there are a number of occasions when artefacts are visible that would presumably be unintentional. Gibb effect artefacts can be seen at a couple of points in the transfer, most notably around titles at 61:16, 64:27 and the final titles from 76:18.

    Aliasing occurs at a few points in the transfer with examples visible at 24:08, 37:17 and 70:29 but at no stage is this distracting to the viewer.

    Constant film artefacts are present during the transfer but these appear to be all intentionally placed. If genuine film artefacts are present, they cannot be detected in the transfer.

    During the introductory graphics at 0:10 some dot crawl can be seen around the logo but further occurrences of this are not apparent. Two analogue tape errors can be seen at 62:35 and 65:44 lasting only a single frame and not disruptive to the viewer.

    The single subtitle track includes lyrics for the songs as well as the introductions by the band. This is quite helpful as the subtitles also include the lyrics sung by the crowd which are often difficult to hear. Lyrics are not included for both the live and music video versions of Killing In The Name and Zapata's Blood - no reason is given for their omission.

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Audio

    There are two audio tracks present on this disc. They are an English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 1536Kb/s track, the default audio listed as Dolby Stereo in the menu, and an English Dolby Digital 5.1 448Kb/s track. I listened extensively to both audio tracks. They are each of high quality.

    The lyrics are easily understood during the live performances. On a few occasions, some song lines are performed by the audience and these can be quite difficult to hear. Luckily these lines are included in the subtitle track.

    The audio sync during the live performances exhibit no obvious sync problems at any stage. During the music videos there is some slight sync audio issues that are always present and expected with music videos. These slight sync problems are never distracting to the viewer. At no stage during the transfer were any dropouts detected in either audio track.

    The PCM track does not appear to contain any surround information. The 5.1 mix makes extensive use of the surround channels, using them for crowd noises as well as some instruments. This mix is quite effective and would be my preferred track for the live performances. The 5.1 mix for the music videos is mainly focused on the forward channels with an occasional obvious use of the surrounds. I did not find these mixes to be particularly effective and preferred the high quality PCM track during the videos.

    The sub is used constantly during the performances but at no stage does it draw attention to itself.

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Extras

Menu

Notes: Recommended Readings

    This extra comprises nine pages of information listing the book titles and authors that were featured in the foldout photo included with the album Evil Empire. These readings cover a wide range of topics but all include the common themes of civil rights and censorship.

Notes: Contacts

    This item presents contact details and a short description of eight different organization that the band want to draw attention to. These include FAIR, the Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting media watch group, and The Los Angeles Free Clinic.

Audio-Only Track

    This audio only track is provided in both PCM, listed as Dolby stereo, and Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes. Both mixes are of high quality and the 5.1 mix includes an interesting effect with the guitar at the beginning of the song moving around the sound field in a full clockwise and then counterclockwise rotation.

R4 vs R1

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

    Both versions of this film are identical and I therefore would have no preference for either version.

Summary

    Rage Against The Machine is an enjoyable disc that should appeal to all fans of the band.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Tuesday, May 15, 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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