|Category||Spice Girls||Theatrical Trailer(s)||None|
|Year Released||1997||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||89 minutes||Other Extras||Featurette - "Spiceworld Interviews" (21 mins)
Cast & Crew Biographies
|Start Up||Language Selection then Menu|
Richard E. Grant
|RRP||$34.95||Music||The Spice Girls|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
English Hard of Hearing
German Hard of Hearing
What....you want a plot? Sorry, there just isn't one. Well, nothing that could be coherently described as a plot, anyway. The target audience of this movie won't realize this, but what we get is a collection of music videos very very loosely tied together around a number of dismal subplots.
To give you some idea of the looseness of the subplots, some of them involved;
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. There is also a Full Frame version of the movie on the other side of the disc.
The transfer was not quite as sharp as some that I have seen recently, but was certainly quite acceptable. Shadow detail was good, though most of this movie was shot very brightly lit.
The colours were reasonably rendered in this transfer, though at times they tended towards oversaturation. There are a lot of bright, highly saturated colour fields to be seen, and there is never any colour bleeding or chroma noise to interfere with the perfectly clearly rendered and vibrant colours.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some moderate aliasing in a few scenes involving the Spiceworld bus or other cars, and some wide shots of London landmarks, but this was not too bad. More film artefacts than I expected were present, although they weren't particularly distracting.
Dialogue was hard to hear at times, especially over musical background. However, the dialogue was pretty trite, and so little is missed because of this. The early part of Chapter 12 suffers from what appears to be very bad ADR work as much of the Spice Girls dialogue is out of sync. The opening titles also suffer from either quite ordinary ADR work or more likely just bad lip sync work.
The music is mostly Spice Girls songs, with a few others thrown in for good measure. They are suitably boppy numbers, and I must admit that I actually like some of their songs. The movie was much better when they were singing rather than trying to deliver their lines.
The surround channels were used mainly for music, though some ambience made its way into the rear channels. This made for a moderately enveloping soundfield.
The .1 channel was used to support the music and the odd special effect.
The video quality is of reasonably high quality with only minor problems.
The audio quality is of reasonable quality, but dialogue is somewhat hard to hear at times.
The extras are limited, but more comprehensive than what I have seen in the past for Polygram discs.
© Michael Demtschyna
18th January 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 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|