|Year Released||1993||Commentary Tracks||None|
(not 120 mins as stated on packaging)
Eddie Van Halen
Alex Van Halen
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||None|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Macrovision||Yes||Smoking||Yes, particularly Eddie Van Halen's guitar (literally)|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
The director of this DVD makes an appearance before the start of the program proper to announce the fact that 15 cameras were used over two nights to capture this performance. This seemingly odd introduction makes a lot of sense when you start seeing outfits change back and forth multiple times during a song.
The track listing of this DVD, which by the way is
out of sync with the chapter numbers on the actual DVD by one, is as follows;
2. Judgement Day
3. Man On A Mission
4. When It's Love
5. In 'N' Out
6. Right Now
7. Ultra Bass
8. Pleasure Dome/Drum Solo
11. Finish What Ya Started
12. Eagles Fly
14. You Really Got Me/Cabo Wabo
15. The Dream Is Over
17. Top Of The World
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of slightly less than 1.33:1, with a small amount of image cropped from the top and the bottom of the frame. It is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was extremely variable in the degree of detail on offer. At its best, the level of detail was passable. At its worst, the level of detail was very poor indeed. Out-of-focus camera shots occurred all too frequently, and all of the long shots of the stage were lacking in any sort of meaningful detail at all. I suspect that a lot of this has to do with the fact that it seems as if only some of the cameras in use were film-based, with the remainder being video-based. The on-stage close-ups appeared to utilize the film-based cameras, and these were all adequately defined.
Shadow detail is generally very poor. The frequent crowd shots in particular are problematic because there is simply insufficient light on the crowd, and the majority of the shots of the crowd are poorly composed expanses of black dotted with the occasional blurred pink face or two. Low level noise was frequently present in the blackness to a distressingly obvious degree, and frequently marred the presentation of this DVD. Some of this appeared to be deliberated added into the image in post-production, but most did not appear so.
The colours were unremarkable, but generally quite muted.
MPEG artefacting was a real problem for this transfer. The deadly combination of grainy source material, long programme length and extremely high motion video leads to endemic MPEG artefacting. The transfer rate of this DVD is consistently below 5Mb/second, and this includes a Linear PCM track which gobbles up 1.5Mb/second of this bitrate. All of the songs had more or less MPEG artefacting readily apparent in their backgrounds. Some were much worse than others, and the MPEG macro-blocking extended to the occasional foreground objects as well. The two worst tracks for MPEG macro-blocking were Chapter 6, In 'N' Out, and Chapter 10, Spanked. These two songs were all but unwatchable because of the severe nature of this artefacting. This type of programming demands RSDL formatting to have even a chance of looking good.
The vocals were indistinct and blurred into the overall mush of sound that made up the majority of the soundtrack of this DVD. Forget about dialogue intelligibility here, folks, as this transfer fails at even managing to produce dialogue audibility. I suspect that to a certain extent this is inherent in the Van Halen style, but this transfer dismally failed at even producing the suggestion of a separated, central vocal image, instead presenting a distorted, loud wall of sound.
There were no definite audio sync problems with this disc, but there were times when it became obvious that the shots being offered were not from the night that the audio performance had been taken from.
The surround channels and .1 channel were not specifically used, but the subwoofer was kept quite busy with this soundtrack, supporting the bass guitar and the bass drum.
The video quality is unacceptable.
The audio quality is poor.
There were no extras.
© Michael Demtschyna
(read my bio)
29th June 2000
|DVD||Sony DVP-S336, 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; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer|