Earth Scapes (1994) (NTSC)
|Year Of Production||1994|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||David Fortney|
|Simitar DVD||Starring||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Since there is no "plot" as such in this feature, I will simply list the following details for each chapter. There is no thematic connection across chapters.
|1. Opening Titles||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|2. Monument Valley||Monument Valley, Arizona |
Canyonland National Park, Utah
|Vangelis, "The Bounty" Closing Credits||Clouds, canyons, desert features|
|3. Canadian Rockies||Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada||Patrick O'Hearn, Delicate||Fairly stunning mountain and lake scenery|
|4. Waterborne||Various waterways |
|Suzanne Ciani, Anthem||Forests, waterfalls, wildlife|
|5. Wonderland||Lake Tahoe, Central Valley |
Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
|Mychael Danna, Dierdre of the Sorrows||More mountain and lake scenery|
|6. Colorscapes||Flowers of the Western States||Richard Burmer, Across the View||Various close-ups of flowers and flower fields|
|7. Desert Winter||Death Valley, California |
Nevada High Deserts
|Richard Burmer, A Story from the Rain||Desert scenes and closing credits|
This kind of disc only works well on DVD if the audio and video transfer are of reference quality, because then you can use the DVD as a demo disc to show off your home theatre to admiring fans and groupies. Unfortunately, as we will find out, the transfer quality is shockingly poor, barely better than a VHS tape. My suggestion is to avoid buying or renting this disc unless you are interested in the scenery and music and don't care about the quality of the presentation.
The film itself appears to be somewhat grainy with slightly desaturated colours. It has some dirt and scratches but no major marks. I would rate the sharpness, detail and black levels as below average.
The video transfer appears to have a number of glitches. I originally started noting the approximate timer locations of these but I gave up after encountering the fifth. Suffice it to say that you will encounter a video glitch in the transfer ever 5 minutes or so. The transfer itself seems almost designed to show off what video/MPEG artefacts are - I can detect examples of pixelization, colour smearing, posterization, shimmering (17:45), and moiré (24:39). The only MPEG artefact I did not detect was ringing (Gibb effect).
As the audio track is in 2 channels, the surround channels and sub-woofer are not activated during the presentation.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menus consist mainly of scene selections. The top level menu allows you to between select "Continuous Play" and "Random Scene Access", but on my DVD player the Continuous Play option does not seem to do what it suggests - at the end of the film, the DVD player reverts back to the main menu.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (203cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Front left/right: B&W DM603; centre: B&W CC6S2, rear left/right: B&W DM601|