Peaceful Rest (1999)

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Released 2-Apr-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category New Age Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 60:32
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By David Warth
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players
Case C-Button-Version 2
RPI $34.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
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

    Do you have friends or relatives who cannot sit and talk without some kind of background noise? Who insist on having the TV or radio on? Here's the perfect DVD to play when they are around. It's also a good choice if you want a DVD to send to someone overseas who asks what Australia looks like.

    This is one of the ABC's Soundscape Series. It is the first one I have seen, but there are others. They have no plot, no character development, just interesting visuals and accompanying classical music. I must admit that I was a little disappointed in the choice of music. An awful lot of the music here is very very familiar stuff - and I don't mean that in a positive a way, either. You will have heard a lot of it accompanying TV advertisements, for example. I found that a bit irritating, because images from the ads would pop into my head while I was watching this disc. I think I would rather they'd taken a few risks, and used slightly less familiar, slightly less clichéd, music. Perhaps a single longer piece might have been better. For the record, the music is:

    See what I mean?

    That said, the music is performed well by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players, and it does its job of providing audio wallpaper. It is mixed with quite a lot of ambient sound, including waves, rain, trickling creeks, wind, splashes, and so forth.

    The visuals are good. They vary considerably, from ocean waves, to lush forest dripping, to flowing streams - there's lots of flowing water here. If flowing water induces in you a need to duck off to the toilet, then maybe you better skip this disc. There are some gorgeous shots of a platypus at the start, and plenty of other native Australian animals get their turns: a yabby, a possum, a Tasmanian devil, wallabies, a wombat, an echidna, and something I think was a quoll. There are lots of birds, too, but the real star of the show is the scenery. There is a marvellous sequence at around 47:00 which glides through a river valley, with the water absolutely still and reflecting the thick vegetation on either side - that's what I was expecting!

    There were a couple of moments that surprised me: there were shots of what looked like detergent foam being washed about by ocean waves - I did not expect to see pollution in this. Then again, maybe it was a natural phenomenon; I can't say.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is very good, close to flawless, in fact.

    The video is presented in standard 1.33:1, and is not 16x9 enhanced. This programme material was made for TV, so this is understandable.

    The picture is mostly sharp, with strong shadow detail and little noise. There is no edge enhancement to be seen. There are some shots which appear to be a little out of focus, but that is hard to tell, because it is not always clear what is supposed to be in focus.

    Colour is solid, with strong greens, and occasional splashes of colour in flowers.

    There were few visible MPEG or film artefacts, except for one interesting effect. There are a few slow vertical panning shots, and these were marred by a subtle rippling effect.

    The disc is only single sided, single layer, but that's plenty, because the feature is only 60 minutes in length, and there are no extras.

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

Audio

    There are two soundtracks, one Dolby Digital 5.1, and one Dolby 2.0 surround encoded. Notionally both are in English, but as there is not one word spoken, I guess you could say that they were omni-lingual. I listened to the 5.1 soundtrack, but I sampled the 2.0. The 2.0 sounded a bit smaller, with a narrower stereo image.

   One warning I must give you - turn the volume down before you start playing this. It has been recorded at quite a high level. I had my volume fully 10dB lower than normal, and it was still quite loud.

    There was absolutely no dialogue. That means no sync problems, of course.

    There is no credit for music selection or arrangement. I've made my comments about the choice of music. The players have done a fine job, and their work is spread across the front speakers - the soundtrack is quite strongly biased toward the front. The surrounds get a trace of the music, and some of the ambient sound, but they are not worked hard. The subwoofer is called upon to strengthen the bottom end for waves crashing on rocks, and strong wind, but it gets a rest a lot of the time - which is perfectly appropriate for a title called Peaceful Rest.

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

Extras

    There are no extras on this disc. None. Nada. Zilch.

Menu

    The menu is basic, but functional. It is static, with some wind sound. The menu entries are:

R4 vs R1

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

   This is an all-region disc, so what we have is the same as anyone else can get. Interestingly, the case is marked with Region 4 only.

Summary

    Peaceful Rest is a pleasant piece of work.

    The video quality is very good, with little to criticize.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are non-existent.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Sunday, March 25, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-737, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics matte white screen with a gain of 1.0 (280cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left and Right: Krix Euphonix, Centre: Krix KDX-C Rears: Krix KDX-M, Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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