The Up in Smoke Tour (Warner Vision) (2000)

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Released 19-Feb-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Trailer
Featurette-Clownin'
Featurette-Snoop Love
Featurette-Get That Camera
Featurette-Fans
Featurette-Detroit Controversy
Featurette-Proof Freestyle
Featurette-Crew
Gallery-Photo
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 119:46 (Case: 150)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (74:55) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Philip G. Atwell
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Ice Cube
Eminem
Dr. Dre
Snoop Dogg
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Ice Cube
Snoop Dogg
Dr. Dre


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, during closing credits

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Plot Synopsis

    The Up In Smoke Tour was a hip hop concert tour that took place in 2000 at various cities across the United States. The tour was conceived by Dr. Dre, who then invited hip hop artists Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Eminem to join him. The tour played to packed audiences at venues across the US, and footage from many of these concerts is combined on this disc. The feature follows the same format as the original shows and has short interview clips and backstage footage spread throughout the concert.

    This concert series was a major success, and experienced none of the violence or security problems that many people had predicted. In response to this success, a follow-up tour is planned.

    I will admit that I am not a real fan of hip hop but this turned out to be an advantage when viewing this disc. If I had been a real fan, I would have been even more disappointed with the video and audio presentation on this disc. Due to the problems with the transfer outlined below, I cannot recommend this disc.

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Track Listing

1. You Can Do It
2. Cube Freestyle
3. Nigga You Love To Hate
4. We Be Clubbin
5. Kill U
6. Dead Wrong
7. Under Influence
8. Marshall Mathers
9. Criminal
10. The Real Slim Shady
11. Next Episode
12. What's My Name
13. Ain't Nuthin' But A "G" Thang
14. B**** Please
15. What's The Difference
16. Forgot About Dre
17. California Love
18. F*** You
19. Let Me Ride
20. Still D.R.E.

Transfer Quality

Video

    The packaging for this disc proudly states that it was shot on Super 35mm film. Unfortunately, the transfer from this film to the disc presented here has constant problems.

    The feature is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78: and is not 16x9 enhanced. The packaging does mention 16:9, but this obviously refers only to the aspect ratio and not to any 16x9 enhancement. The closing titles are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and are most likely a full frame transfer.

    Sharpness is acceptable during the transfer with the picture looking slightly soft on only a few occasions. Shadow detail is quite poor with little detail discernible in the poorly lit crowd scenes. An example of the poor shadow detail can be seen at 95:50 during a conversation with the crowd. The transfer has constant problems with low level noise, which is visible in the majority of scenes.

    Colours appear to be accurate during the transfer and are never oversaturated.

    There are constant MPEG artefacts during the transfer and it would be hard to find a two minute interval in which they did not occur. Most scenes exhibit some level of macro blocking which is highly distracting for the viewer. These artefacts appear so regularly that I stopped recording them after the first twenty minutes, but examples can be clearly seen at 3:15, 4:25, 5:12, 5:45, and 6:28 or during any other segment of the transfer.

    Aliasing is also a major problem during this transfer, with occurrences in nearly every scene. As with the MPEG encoding artefacts, I gave up recording these after the first twenty minutes. Examples can be seen at all stages during the performance but specific examples can be seen at 10:30, 10:58, 13:37 and 17:50.

    While a small amount of film grain is present, it is usually overpowered by macro-blocking and is therefore not really a problem. Surprisingly, film artefacts are extremely rare during this transfer.

    During a video segment that occurs during Chapters 15 and 16, there are a number of moiré artefacts that can be seen at 47:20. There is also some dot crawl present in this segment at 48:55.

    The layer change occurs at 74:55 during the introduction of a song and is quite disruptive. It could have been easily placed at a natural break two minutes earlier between backstage footage and the concert.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    The audio tracks presented on this disc exhibit numerous problems which are at many stages quite distracting.

    The disc features a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded track in addition to the default Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. I listened primarily to the 5.1 mix but also extensively sampled the 2.0 surround mix. Of the two choices, the 5.1 mix is preferable as it has better bass and better use of the surround channels but the problems detailed below are present on both mixes. The 5.1 track is recorded at a level approximately 10db higher than the 2.0 mix.

    The dialogue quality of the transfer is extremely poor and in many segments it sounds as if the lyrics had been recorded with a Dictaphone in the audience. The volume of the dialogue on stage as well as during the backstage segments is often very low and of poor quality.

    Audio sync poses a little problem with it appearing to be slightly out on a number of occasions. As this is a presentation of a large concert performance, this is not highly distracting at any stage. There are no actual dropouts of audio during the transfer but at 22:30 the recording from a microphone drops out and the dialogue becomes very hard to hear.

    The surround channels are used throughout the performance for audience noise as well as various backing instruments. As very few instruments are played live during the performances, the quality of these pre-recorded instruments is generally much higher than the live vocals. It has also allowed the instruments to be mixed into the rear channels easily during post production. Various instruments such as keyboards and scratching can be heard mixed to the rear. This is slightly distracting as it emphasizes the poor quality of the rest of the mix. The sub channel is used extensively during the performance as you would expect.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    The main extras included on this disc are a number of featurettes that present back stage footage of a similar nature to that spread throughout the main performance.

Menu

    The themed menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is animated with images from the show. This animation has the same problems as the main feature with severe examples of aliasing, some moiré and numerous MPEG artefacts present.

Trailer (6:06)

    The trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. The trailer shows a collection of clips from the show and is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround soundtrack. The soundtrack for this trailer exhibits a severe audio sync problem with a delay of nearly two seconds.

Featurettes

    All the featurettes presented on this disc show numerous MPEG and aliasing artefacts. They are each presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and are not 16x9 enhanced. A Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround soundtrack is provided for each featurette.

Featurette - Clownin' (0:44)

    Shows backstage footage of the artists relaxing and having fun between concerts.

Featurette - Snoop Love (1:33)

    During this segment Snoop Dogg discusses why we should all get along with each other and reduce the violence.

Featurette - Get That Camera (1:06)

    A series of shots with people telling the camera man to get out of their face.

Featurette - Fans (1:34)

    A short interview with a number of fans that have travelled with the tour.

Featurette - Detroit Controversy (11:42)

    A relatively interesting segment where they discuss the problems that they had performing in Detroit and how the local officials wanted to modify the show.

Featurette - Proof Freestyle (1:25)

    A freestyle rap by Eminem.

Featurette - Crew (10:42)

    Interviews with various crew members where they discuss getting the tour together and the security arrangements that took place. A small number of film artefacts are visible during this segment.

Photo Gallery

    A series of 27 individual photos of cast and crew members during the tour.

R4 vs R1

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

   The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     While the Region 4 version has additional supplements, I find it hard to believe that the NTSC version would exhibit as many problems as this version, despite being presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Summary

    The Up In Smoke Tour is a reasonable concert series presented on a DVD with unacceptable video and audio problems.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Thursday, April 05, 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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