|Year Released||1999||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||65:37 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Vision Australia
|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, 1536 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||N/A|
|Action In or After Credits||N/A|
The songlist is: Jump, Panama, Hot For Teacher, When It's Love, Finish What Ya Started, Poundcake, Runaround, Right Now, Dreams, Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do), Can't Stop Lovin' You, Not Enough, Humans Being, Without You. Some good stuff here! I will also add that the packaging for these discs is excellent being a clear Super Jewel case with the a sleeve cover for all sides. I don't think we will ever see a common, uniform package for DVDs but if there was ever a contender, this would be a strong one alongside the clear Amaray case.
The presentation is full frame, with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced.
Sharpness and detail is lacking early on, and we must remember that we are starting from the early eighties and so the source material is the main culprit here. Things improve somewhat as time marches on, and on the whole the presentation is pleasing in this regard. Other than when purposeful, there was no low-level noise. Shadow detail is variable, but never problematic.
The colours are at times slightly muted, and other times well rendered.
At times there was a hint of MPEG artefacting, being some pixelization in low-contrast areas of the image. The clips are essentially very clean in terms of film artefacts, and there are no noticeable film-to-video artefacts.
One soundtrack here, being two-channel 16-bit Linear PCM recorded at 48kHz.
There were occasional problems with audio sync during the early videos, though this is the fault of the source material and not the transfer.
Now, the real reason you want this is for the high-quality audio - right! The video takes a back seat in my opinion, and turning that off lets you appreciate the very high-quality recording that is on this DVD; this is due to the high bit-rate afforded by Linear PCM, and it sounds every bit as good as CD, and is most pleasing.
Crank this up, and the subwoofer will reward you.
The video quality ranges from ordinary to quite good.
The PCM audio is very nice indeed, and every bit as good as CD.
|DVD||Panasonic A350A; S-Video output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T43W1 125cm Widescreen 16x9|
|Audio Decoder||Internal Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD Player)|
|Amplification||Sony STRDE-525 5x100 watts Dolby Pro-Logic / 5.1 Ready Receiver; 4 x Optimus 10-band Graphic EQ|
|Speakers||Centre: Sony SS-CN35 100 watt; Main & Surrounds: Pioneer CS-R390-K 150-watt floorstanders; Subwoofer: Optimus 100-watt passive|