Live: Everything, Everything
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Details At A Glance
Main Menu Audio and Animation
Multiple Angles - Live Tomato Art Jam
Programmable Track Selection
Music Video - Kittens
Music Video - Rowla
Cast & Crew
||Language Selection, Audio Selection then Menu
||Transparent Soft Brackley
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame
||Auto Pan & Scan
||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448
English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 256 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio
|Annoying Product Placement
|Action In or After Credits
||Yes, during credits
And in the immortal words of Monty Python
- and now for something completely different. And you will not get much
different than this effort, let me assure you! From an artistic point of
view, there is going to be no middle ground here - you will either love
this video presentation or you are going to hate it. Stick me in the latter
category basically. The culmination of some work apparently, this is a
live concert video with a substantial difference, and the difference is
that basically the concept of the concert has been taken out of the video.
This is definitely the sort of thing that you have to see, for it sure
is difficult to describe what is going on here.
I am not an Underworld fan and thus this techno
music is totally foreign to me. The songs, for want of a better description,
on offer are:
And to be quite blunt, were it not for the chaptering you
would not really know where one song ended and another started. There is
certainly a high degree of similarity to the music throughout the video.
Nothing of it is truly memorable to me, although no doubt fans will disagree
violently, but despite the sameness, the urge to get your body moving is
a little difficult to ignore on the strength of what is an awesome sounding
Shudder/King Of Snake
Born Slippy Nuxx
Quite where this one ranks in the general scheme
of things I don't quite know. Fans of the band and techno music in general
will probably lap this up and be thrilled with the video presentation.
The rest of us will probably just sit there shaking our heads and wondering
what the fuss is all about. Whichever camp you fall into though, there
is one thing that will be agreed upon - this is an absolutely awesome sounding
DVD. I confidently predict that complaints from the neighbours will increase
through the playing of this DVD, especially if you crank it all the way
up! Bugger the structural damage, just to have that bass thumping at you...
You can pretty much throw out all the conventional notions
about video transfers here, as they simply do not apply. This has diffuse
images aplenty, poor shadow detail, tons of grain, lack of clarity, lack
of detail, lousy colour and all sorts of other issues. Yet this is a superlative
transfer, as all these problems are exactly as intended. Hence the reason
why you will either love or hate this video transfer.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1
and it is 16x9 enhanced. The DVD is also encoded with Auto Pan and Scan
information, so you need to ensure your system is set up correctly in order
to get the widescreen playback.
Yes, poor general detail, poor shadow detail, sharp
images, diffuse images, grain and lack of clarity can result in a virtually
flawless transfer. This has to be seen within the context of what was being
aimed at, otherwise it would be forever consigned to the unwatchable category.
As it is, I have serious problems watching the video, especially with the
strobe lighting that gets a good run here. However, since it is all as
intended and there are no apparent faults, at least that can be seen against
the backdrop presented, there is not too much technically wrong with the
transfer. There does not appear to be anything in the way of low level
noise problems in the transfer.
Given the extreme variations in the technical aspects
of the transfer, you can pretty much guess that there are similar variations
in the colours on offer. This goes all over the place from undersaturation
to oversaturation, muted to vibrant and everything in between. There may
even be some odd instances of colour bleed, but even that is probably intended.
One thing I can say for sure is that this is not pretty, but it is reasonably
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts
in the transfer. There did not appear to be any significant film-to-video
artefacts in the transfer. There did not appear to be any significant film
artefacts in the transfer.
This is an RSDL
formatted disc, with the layer change coming at 40:25.
For a music video it is a very good one as there is no audio clue as to
the change, just the slight pause in the video.
There are supposedly subtitles in three languages
on the DVD but I did not seem to get anything in any of the three options
remotely looking like subtitles. Welsh is certainly an esoteric language
for subtitles anyway - it is a beautiful language to speak and listen to,
but a pretty difficult one to stick into subtitles.
Video Ratings Summary
Let me make this very plain - ensure you select the
5.1 soundtrack option, crank this up as high as you can, sit down and push
play. This is going to not only knock your socks off but blast them way
down the street.
There are two soundtracks on the DVD, an English
Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.
I could not be bothered doing much more than a brief sampling of the 2.0
soundtrack - I just had to sit there and have the 5.1 soundtrack thump
out at me. Yes, I know I hate overemphasis of bass - this is not overemphasis,
but almost perfectly mastered bass within the context of the programming.
What little in the way of vocals that are on offer
here are barely noticeable in the mix, and that is the way it is meant
to be. There could be all the audio sync problems in the world here, but
it would make little difference in view of this being a montaged concert
video anyway, with film being combined from five different concerts on
This is a quite amazingly open sounding soundtrack,
but when that bass kicks in you really are transported to a different level.
There is nothing unnatural about the way the bass channel is mixed in the
overall audio transfer, it is just an awesome sounding effort. Indeed,
this is so good that you immediately start thinking how unbelievable this
would sound with a full blown DTS soundtrack! Now there is a sadly missed
opportunity indeed. The surround channels, especially the fronts, get plenty
of action and the overall result is a really engrossing concert sound -
just like being shoved up against the front of the stage and between the
speakers, as the cover blurb suggests. There is really nothing wrong with
this soundtrack at all, other than the fact that the excellent Dolby Digital
2.0 soundtrack is made to sound like a mono radio recording in comparison.
Audio Ratings Summary
|Surround Channel Use
The extras for this release were conceived as part of
the overall package, and are an integral part of the experience.
Continuing the eclectic feel of the whole DVD, the menus
are not themed to the programme at all, and basically comprise coloured
boxes against a black background. They are all 16x9 enhanced, the boxes
have some animation in the form of changing colours and the main menu also
has some musical accompaniment too. Different and quite effective.
Multiple Angles - Live Tomato Art Jam (88:28)
One of the great selling points of DVD was the use of
alternate angles - a feature generally sadly ill-used thus far. Indeed,
this is the first time I have encountered a serious commitment to the multi-angle
ability of DVD. This is not so much an extra as an alternate video display
for the main concert. The main concert is Angle 1 and this is Angle 2,
and you can switch between the two at will. This one comprises a whole
lot of disjointed video images, predominantly of assorted neon coloured
lines and squiggles, although there are images of other things including
the band included too. I am not sure what was trying to be achieved here,
and I doubt that I could watch the entire concert with this as the video
image, but it is an 88 minute use of the alternate angle facility of DVD.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, it is 16x9 enhanced and obviously
comes with the same audio options as the main feature. Interesting, but
I doubt that it will be returned to often.
Program Your Gig
Precisely what it says - you have the ability to program
the DVD tracks in any order you like, leaving out those that you don't
like. Just use your remote to select the tracks in the order you want and
the DVD stores the info and then plays them in the order you selected,
by pushing play on the remote. An interesting and novel use of the capabilities
Thoroughly uninteresting stuff, four minutes of what
seems like garbage can fodder, including video with stuffed sound, that
really serves no useful purpose. Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1,
it is 16x9 enhanced and comes with only Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.
Music Video - Kittens (8:47)
Not so much a music video as an eight minute audio track
playing over what appears to be essentially the same still image over and
over again. I would hate to hazard a guess at the aspect ratio here, but
it looks like about 2.75:1, it is 16x9 enhanced and comes with the same
audio options as the main feature. The music is the same style as the main
Music Video - Rowla (7:48)
Ditto, but this time the still image changes regularly.
Oh boy! Where do you start with this little collection?
Well, first up I suppose to make it clear that I hate DVD-ROM content and
second I especially dislike DVD-ROM content that does not appear to work.
Thirdly, what exactly is the point to it all? Now before you start poking
needles into that voodoo doll, I am sorry but that is how I feel about
stuff like this, even though I recognize that there are obviously people
who find this sort of stuff utterly essential. I just don't know how much
use will be made of this collection, which has obviously been put together
with some thought and care, after the first time use. I am going to assume
that the problems that I seemed to have with getting any of this to work
was down to my system, but caveat emptor.
Throw the DVD into your ROM drive and use Windows
Explorer (or Mac equivalent since this does support Mac usage for a change)
to get to the installer program, double click and let it load. This is
by the way a quite sizeable file (101 Mb in size on the DVD), but does
not take long to install. Once it is loaded, click on the icon in your
menu and away you go - at least if you have Quick Time 4 loaded on your
system. If you don't, the DVD will load it for you, and then you can go.
The first thing you confront is a menu which gives
you a few choices as to where you can go. Reading across the menu, they
This is an interesting little diversion that allows
you to mix a video from the selected images to accompany the Underworld
song that is playing (in my case very faintly). You select the video by
selecting a letter of the alphabet, since each letter has a different piece
of video footage. Given that lower case letters have different video to
upper case letters, you have a reasonable choice of video to play with.
Basically you get to play at being a video mixer for as long as you want
or as long as this does not drive you to boredom. Your mileage may vary
as to how long that time frame is, but mine was not long at all.
Now I am presuming that this is basically an interactive
experience type deal without too much point to it. Those squares that have
been seen all over the menus on the DVD get another outing and it appears
that what you do is highlight a square across the bottom of the screen,
then play your mouse over the main collection of squares, and the various
different sounds assigned to those squares are mixed together for your
enjoyment. The selection of the base sound samples seems to come from the
squares along the bottom of the screen. For anyone over 30, it probably
makes a lot more sense if you are under the effect of hallucinogenic drugs
methinks, but I would certainly not be encouraging such use merely to play
around with the DVD. It probably makes perfect sense to the under 30 set
as it is.
Make sure your Internet connection is ready (but even
if it is not the program will open it for you) and fire this one up. It
then downloads a collection of links to various sites associated with the
band, basically up-to-date links to JBO (licensee), V2 (record company),
Underworld site, Tomato (film producers and interactive stuff producers),
Dirty and Meridian Trust. I did not bother actually delving through the
delights on these sites, but no doubt for those really interested there
are plenty of minutes to be had whiling away your time wandering through
the sites at your leisure.
Ditto on the Internet connection, it downloads a list
of things, mostly quite obvious, which you can investigate - in theory.
Web cam did not seem to want to do much for me, so I am presuming
a set up problem somewhere. Audio stream seemed to spend
forever saying loading audio stream and not doing anything. However once
I decided to select my download speed, things seemed to improve as it eventually
came up saying playing audio stream. Only problem is that I was getting
nothing at all. Video stream seemed to do even less and was
just determined to keep letting me see the Quick Time logo, which after
five minutes is not an especially interesting sight at all. 365 sofas
at least seemed to do something, but quite what the purpose of this is
I would not like to hazard a guess. Finally there is Web book
which seemed to indicate that something largish was being downloaded and
then proceeded to do ... nothing. I have just got to conclude that this
sort of DVD-ROM content is not for the unintuitive computer user, hence
the comment about the under 30 set above.
R4 vs R1
As far as can be ascertained, the content of this DVD
is the same around the world and therefore the Region 4 (and 2) version
is the winner owing to the better resolution of the PAL format.
Underworld - Live: Everything, Everything is
ultimately a fanfest only, as the presentation is far too problematic for
general consumption in my view. The DVD is blessed with an awesome Dolby
Digital 5.1 soundtrack that raises little reason for complaint. The DVD-ROM
content does absolutely nothing for me whatsoever, but undoubtedly will
have more impression on the people who crave this sort of content. There
is no doubting however the effort that has gone into putting the content
together. A pity that Zomba Records have decided to go down the route of
the lousy Soft Brackley case instead of genuine Amaray cases.
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
7th December 2000
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