|Year Released||1992||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||50:39 minutes||Other Extras||Menu Animation|
Warner Vision Australia
a.k.a. ZZ TOP
|Case||Super Jewel Case|
|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, 1536 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
It has been quite a fair old while since I saw these videos, and it is great to return to them after so long, as they remind me how good this band were, with such great efforts as Gimme All Your Lovin', Legs, Sleeping Bag and Stages. A pity though that a few more videos were not added to the rather short length on offer, and that a few videos from the earlier part of their career, when they were really the epitome of Texas Blues, were not included.
Still, true fans of the band will need no persuasion to indulge in this stroll down the lane of those great albums like Eliminator.
The videos are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
Despite the variability in the quality, overall the videos are quite decent in standard, albeit generally very soft in definition. In some cases this was how they were made, in others it is simply a matter of the vagaries of time. Naturally any problems are inherent in the source material and are not a DVD problem. Detail in general is only average, and none of the videos except for the two most recent efforts (Burger Man and Viva Las Vegas) are what you would call clear. A couple of the videos were quite grainy, most notably Sharp Dressed Man, not by original design if I remember correctly. There did not seem to be any problems with low level noise.
The colours come up very variable in the videos, and apart from the Viva Las Vegas effort, none are particularly vibrant. In general the colours are a little muted, tending to washed out in a few videos. From my recollection, the videos were quite bright and colourful, so I would suspect that the problem here is degradation of the source material. There was no hint of oversaturation in any of the videos.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer, nor were there any significant film-to-video artefacts - apart from some minor aliasing in Stages. There were a few film artefacts present but nothing overly distracting.
The music and vocals came up very well in the soundtrack.
Audio sync did not appear to be a DVD problem.
The soundtrack makes no use of the surround channels, nor the bass channel, and this is very much like listening to a compact disc, but with visuals as well. Overall though, cranked up a little, this really rocks along and it is only when listening to more recent efforts with full 5.1 soundtracks do you really miss the presence of such a soundtrack here.
A not so inconsistent collection of video transfers.
A good audio transfer.
A virtually non-existent extras package.
© Ian Morris
17th December 1999
|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|