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|Category||Music||Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Audio
Featurette-The Band's Commentary (22:11)
Multiple Angles-The Animal Song, Crash & Burn, Affirmation (4 angles each)
Music Video-I Knew I Loved You
Music Video-Crash & Burn
Featurette-Parallel Lives (28:06)
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448Kb/s)
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||?1.78:1||
|Subtitles||English||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The track listing for this DVD is as follows;
|1. The Best Thing
2. Break Me Shake Me
3. To The Moon And Back
4. The Lover After me
5. I Don't Know You Anymore
6. Santa Monica
7. Two Beds And A Coffee Machine
8. You Can Still Be Free
9. The Animal Song
|10. Hold Me
11. Gunning Down Romance
12. Crash and Burn
13. Truly, Madly, Deeply
14. Chained To You
15. I Want You
16. I Knew I Loved You (into remix)
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is generally sharp with a reasonable amount of detail revealed throughout. There are exceptions to this, with intense stage lighting effects leading to flaring and occasional complete white-outs of the image, but the image in general is nicely detailed. Shadow detail is quite reasonable given the harsh, stage-based lighting, so that there are lots of details to be seen in the more dimly-lit areas of the arena. Some of the backgrounds tended to exhibit a little bit of graininess, which may or may not have been low level noise.
As with most concert DVDs, colours are intense and highly saturated as a result of the frequently monochromatic lighting schemes. The rope lights in the background of the stage lent a garishly colourful bent to the overall colourscape. There was some occasional flare with shots looking directly into the coloured lights, but there was no colour bleeding as such.
MPEG artefacts were not an issue for this transfer, however aliasing was. The start of the concert, and in particular the SG rope-light logo, suffered horrendously from aliasing, and this continued throughout the first song with severe aliasing making the image all but unwatchable. Thankfully, both the intensity of the rope lighting and the speed of camera motion settled down after this jarring opening. Nonetheless, the combination of rope lights and cameras in motion frequently proved problematic for this transfer, with a greater or lesser degree of aliasing detracting frequently from the image to a greater or lesser extent. It got to the stage where I dreaded the combination of rope lighting and camera motion and was relieved when the camera either moved very slowly or stayed still when the rope lighting was in action. Darren's mesh shirt was also a tad problematic in this regard.
Being shot on video, there were no film artefacts to be seen.
This DVD is RSDL
formatted, with the layer change occurring at 66:15.
As with all concert DVDs, this is probably as good a place as could be
found for the layer change, although it is quite jarring and very obvious
due to the sudden interruption of the crowd noise.
There are two audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded. I listened to the 5.1 mix in its entirety and made some comparisons with the 2.0 surround-encoded mix.
The dialogue and vocals were always very clear and easy to make out, firmly anchored in the center channel, but they seemed very poorly integrated with the rest of the mix for some reason. Audio sync was not a problem at any stage for this transfer.
At 64:41, the vocals suddenly become very tinny, an effect that lasts until the end of the song involved.
The surrounds were used for musical ambience and crowd noise. I found that the instrumental sounds in this mix were all blurred together across the front soundstage instead of occupying their own space, and found this very disconcerting to listen to, as it made the overall sound very flat and lifeless, in addition to being poorly integrated with the vocals. The 2.0 surround-encoded mix is even worse in this regard than the 5.1 mix, sounding totally dull, flat and lifeless with no significant surround presence at all.
The subwoofer was all but silent, with grossly inadequate
levels of bass being sent through this channel. The output from the .1
channel was so inadequate that I wandered over to the subwoofer on a number
of occasions to ensure that it was outputting bass, which it was. I also
rechecked the calibration of my subwoofer channel to make sure that it
was not a set-up problem, but it wasn't. There simply is not enough bass
in this mix for some reason, either deliberately or accidentally. The 2.0
mix is much better in this regard.
|Surround Channel Use|
I must be honest and say that I only sampled these angles, as I had tired of the concert material by this stage of the review.
© Michael Demtschyna
(read my bio)
24th January 2001
|DVD||Denon DVD-3300/Loewe Xemix 5006DD, using RGB output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the RGB input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Denon AVD-1000 DTS AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials and the NTSC DVD version of The Ultimate DVD Demo Disc Platinum.|
|Amplification||EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifier for Left & Right Front; Marantz MA6100 125W per channel monoblock amplifiers for Left & Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer|