Tap Dogs (Dein Perry's)

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Details At A Glance

Category Dance Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1996 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 72:57 minutes Other Extras Production Notes
Cast & Crew Biographies
Featurette (1.33)
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Selection then Menu
Region 2,3,4,5,6 Director Aubrey Powell

Warner Vision
Starring Dein Perry
Darren Disney
Drew Kaluski
Ben Read
Nathan Sheens
Gerry Symonds
Kevin Coyne
Ben Mayne
Case Super Jewel
RRP $39.95 Music Andrew Wilkie

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448Kb/s)
English (MPEG 2.0, 224Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking No
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    I have not had the pleasure of seeing Tap Dogs live. It was always one of those productions that I meant to see, but didn't quite get around to. Boy did I miss out. On DVD, Tap Dogs is spectacular, sensational and mesmerizing. I can only imagine the impact that this show would have had live.

    "Industrial Tap" is how Dein Perry describes Tap Dogs. A bunch of guys from Newcastle combining the art of tap with their industrial heritage. The stage setting begins simply enough, and is gradually built up by the guys themselves, in keeping with the industrial theme of the show - there are no top hats and tails here, only jeans, Miller shirts and Blundstone boots.

    It is amazing to consider that the show exclusively consists of tap without accompaniment for a full 15 minutes before the first music is heard, and yet is lacking in nothing. The sheer energy of this show is breathtaking, and clearly visible in the sweat raised by these six amazing tap dancers.

    In short, do yourself a favour and check these guys out, live if you still can, or on DVD if you can't.

Transfer Quality


    This video transfer is quite good considering the source material - a live theatrical production.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced, which is a bit of a disappointment and leads to some minor image problems.

    The transfer is quite sharp and quite clear, as such things go - occasionally there is some flare as the cameras look directly into the stage lights, and occasionally scan lines are visible because of the lack of 16x9 enhancement, but it is certainly an acceptable transfer. Shadow detail is good considering the source material, though a few of the shots were a little high in black level - this appeared to be isolated to one specific camera location to the left of the stage. This same camera angle also suffered a little with low level noise marring the blacks, but this is being very picky indeed - overall I was well pleased with the quality of the video.

    The colours were nicely rendered, generally being somewhat drab and muted, in keeping with the overall theme of the production.

    There were no MPEG artefacts noted in this transfer. Aliasing was a little problematic towards the end of the production, particularly with the scaffolding used as the stage from around the 55 minute mark onwards, but early on it was remarkably absent. It is a pity that this transfer was not 16x9 enhanced, as this would have minimized this particular artefact. This transfer was created directly from a video source and so there were no film artefacts seen.


    There are two audio tracks on this DVD; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and an English MPEG 2.0 soundtrack. I listened to the 5.1 soundtrack.

    There was fundamentally no dialogue in this production, so I won't comment on it.

    Audio sync was not a problem at all with this DVD, particularly notable given the nature of the source material - if anything was going to show up audio sync as being problematic, then tap dancing is certainly the material to do so.

    The music is very...industrial, and suits the production aptly.

    The surround channels were aggressively used to envelop you in the production. You are placed in the front row of the production, with aggressive tapping echoing behind you and audience response all around you. This is slightly disconcerting at first, but works extremely well once you get used to it.

    The .1 channel was lightly used.



Production Notes

    These are extensive and worth reading.

Cast & Crew Biographies

    These are excessively extensive and eventually become a bit of a bore to read. Still, it is much better to complain about excessive extras rather than insufficient extras.


    Semi-hidden in Dein Perry's biography is a short promotional featurette which sounds like it may have been used as an introduction to a TV presentation of this program.

R4 vs R1

    This disc is not available in Region 1.


    Tap Dogs is a spectacular, sensational production, one that you really should check out.

    The video quality is quite good considering the source material.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are passable.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
5th January 2000

Review Equipment
DVD Toshiba 2109, 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