|Category||Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1997||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||93:18 minutes||Other Extras||Episode Introductions|
|Start Up||Language Selection then Menu|
Mr Garrison & Mr Hat
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Dolby Digital||2.0|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192-256Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
The episodes contained on this compilation DVD are;
Overall, I felt that the quality of the transfer for the Volume 2 episodes was better than the quality of the Volume 1 episodes. Image detail was reasonable, whilst not being exactly reference quality. Shadow detail was passable and low level noise was non-existent.
The colours were clean and clear throughout, with no colour bleeding apparent at all.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Video artefacts were not noticed.
A specific DVD-ROM issue with this disc is that there is some information visible at the very top of the frame which shouldn't be visible - TV overscan eliminates this problem, but this may be an issue for some people as it is quite distracting.
Dialogue was always clear and reasonably easy to understand, within the limitations of each character. Kenny is still particularly hard to understand (grin). I listened to Kenny's dialogue through my Esoterica reference amplifier with especially matched Kryptonite triode and pentode valves and my Planar Nautilus Reference speakers and I still couldn't understand Kenny's dialogue. I substituted a run of ceramic superconductor speaker wire (SuperCer - $4000/metre) and interconnects (SuperCer Line Level - $8000/metre) and this resulted in greatly improved dialogue intelligibility from Kenny.
There have been some reports of the Region 1 version of this disc having some audio "popping" problems. This was not evident with the Region 4 version.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc.
The music was unremarkable mono, occasionally being mixed in stereo.
The surround channels were not used.
The .1 channel got called into play by my surround processor mainly during the end credits of each episode, but otherwise was silent.
The video quality is acceptable, and is considerably better than the quality of Volume 1.
The audio quality is acceptable.
The extras are amusing.
© Michael Demtschyna
1st September 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 4:3 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and 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; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|