|Year Released||1994||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||111:25 minutes||Other Extras||Concert Notes|
Warner Vision Australia
|Starring||The Most Boring Conductor on Earth
a.k.a. Zubin Mehta
Three Overrated Tenors a.k.a.
|Case||Super Jewel Case|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
English (Linear PCM 48/16, 1536 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||English||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, in credits|
And to top it all off, we have to suffer Luciano Pavarotti doing his increasingly insufferable version of Nessun Dorma. Still, it has to be said that it is not the worst performance of the show, as the three tenors provide operatically styled bastardized versions of such great songs as My Way (old blue eyes was in the crowd too), Moon River, Singin' In The Rain (old twinkle toes was in the crowd as well) and Those Were The Days. Still, my views are obviously contradictory to the bulk of the population as these concerts seem to sell well on CD.
This dual sided DVD provides transfers presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
This is actually a quite stunning transfer, beautifully sharp with some gorgeous definition as well. There is no problem with the focus throughout (unusual for a concert performance), and in general shadow detail is very good. This is a beautifully clear transfer and there is no hint of low level noise in the transfer at all. There really is nothing at all wrong with the transfer. Sorry.
The colours come up gorgeously vibrant, being very nicely saturated throughout. There is not a hint of oversaturation at all in the transfer.
This is a staggeringly clean transfer and there is no evidence whatsoever of any MPEG artefacts, film-to-video artefacts or film artefacts.
Overall, the video transfer simply does not have anything of any significance wrong with it, and represents the best pure video transfer I have yet seen on a music DVD - and it is not threatened by any comparison with pure films either.
There are two audio tracks on the DVD: on the one side is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and on the other an English Linear PCM 48/16 soundtrack. Although they are nominally English, all the performances are in their original language. I listened to both soundtracks.
The music and vocals are clear and understandable in both soundtracks.
Audio sync did not appear to be a problem with the soundtracks.
The Dolby Digital soundtrack is quite superb, being very well mixed with some fine use of the surround channels, especially with ambient audience noise out of the rear channels. This is probably better than the concert actually sounded live! The bass channel gets some nice work from the bass line of the music, never overpowering the overall soundscape. This is quite wonderful stuff and music soundtracks do not come much better than this. Especially notable is the capturing of the choir at the rear of the stage, which has been very well presented in the mix.
The Linear PCM soundtrack is also quite superb, but obviously lacks the sort of surround presence of the Dolby Digital soundtrack. This is very much like a straight CD recording and that is no bad thing at all.
A very fine video transfer.
A superb audio transfer.
The extras need work.
© Ian Morris
2nd January 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|