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Contamination Festival 2003 -


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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Sony Music Canada
  • Release Date: March 23 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00013F308
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,710 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

dettagli prodotto attori: compilation formato: dvd audio audio: italiano (dolby digital 5.1) lingua: inglese sottotitoli: inglese regione: tutte le regioni formato immagine: 1.33:1 numero di dischi: 2 studio: relapse data versione dvd: 15 apr. 2004

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMC on May 26 2004
Format: DVD
Maybe I'm just biased cause I author DVDs and edit for a living. Perhaps I'm too judgemental. But what you get here is a very poorly made DVD. The packaging is really nice, I'll give it that, but once you play the disks you begin to realize that this disc is strictly amateur hour. The menus are okay, if a little excessive (you have to go through about 10 chapter pages to get to the special features on the 2nd disk).
Here is the real kicker though: it's sold as a "2 Disk Set!" but this is really a cop out. You see, there are a few different ways to author DVDs. There is DVD-5 (which is the size of your average DVD-R) and DVD-9 (which is dual layered, and double the size). This is a 2 disk set authored on two DVD-5s, which means they could have only done one disc and fit the same thing they are offering here.
This would be all fine, if the picture quality was good. But it's terrible, it is extremely low-bitrate and is so because they had to jam a lot of footage onto a DVD-5, so they had to make it look really bad to make the files small enough to fit. This is not even VCD quality! It's so bad (I've only seen worse quality on the Dark Tranquility Live Damage DVD).
The actual performances themselves are decent, except the sound is awful (very poor 5.1 mix) and the low picture quality causes any flashing lights or darkness to pixelate horribly and distort the picture. And this is metal. There are a lot of flashing lights and darkness. To top everything off, the audio is mixed way too loud (to 0db! - most DVDs sit between -12db and - 6db) so you always have to turn your receiever way down from where it is normally set to watch a disc.
Worse than any of this technical stuff though, is that I was bored while watching it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Some great bands, worth the money! Jan. 8 2010
By Joshua Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
While I appreciate people's opinions, one should not post blatant false information (Justin B. Mcconnel).

To clear up the falsehoods, the first disc is indeed a DVD-5 (4.12gb) while disc two is a DVD-9 (7.51gb) so this could not have been condensed to a single dual-layer. While his review was written in 2004, he must have had some equipment issues (i.e. low-end PC) because my PC running VGA out to my 42" LCD displays NO pixelation or tearing. Everything is as expected in a non-bloated corporate-style DVD. The 5.1 sound quality is great considering they didn't have a multimillion dollar budget. The special features are located in the "Chapter Selection" menu on the second disc, not "10 chapter pages" in as Justin claims. While I agree that they probably should have been given their own Title Menu option, it's hardly inconvenient. It's astounding that a person who authors and edits DVDs for a living would overlook and actually publish this information when it is obviously and absolutely incorrect.

Regardless, the DVD itself has some great performances by some great bands (Disc 1: Bongzilla, Alabama Thunderp*ssy, Cephalic Carnage, Mastoon, Neurosis; Disc 2: Pig Destroyer. Burnt by the Sun, Today is the Day, High on Fire, The Dillinger Escape Plan). It would have been nice to have text on-screen at the beginning of each song with at least the song title. Other than that, the only thing I missed was the stellar mustache Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan) sports in the "Ire Works" years, but that wasn't until 2007.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I liked Neurosis, the scene, and the 5.1 mix Aug. 12 2004
By Ed Stokes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
alphadrakon's review surprised me, because I remember this DVD (which I rented a month ago, so I'm likely wrong and he's probably right) as having a pretty good, surprisingly professional 5.1 mix. Neurosis were especially pleasing & hypnotic (musically of course, and also visually as their act involves a video artist), so much so that I went and bought their DVD (A Sun That Never Sets), which I didn't find nearly as pleasureable the Neurosis set here.

The rest of the music I didn't enjoy. I never learned to like "heavy" rock with Cookie Monster vocals, and this didn't teach me. An English subtitle option would have been useful.

Among the extras are some behind-the-scenes Contamination Fest band & biz chat segments that were amusing and gave a good feel for the "scene".

As for the menus, at least you could at least play a whole band set straight through. And soundwise, while I also disapprove of audio that is compressed, artificially loudened, or boosted beyond standard (so "Boo!" to 0db) I do remember vocals being isolated neatly in the Center channel, instruments in the Left & right, crowd & room echo in the surrounds, and all of it sounding surprisingly natural, unlike many of the movies or 5.1-mixed music DVDs I've heard. At least for the Neurosis set. With the rest I had trouble paying attention.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Some good music, but a terrible, terrible DVD May 26 2004
By JMC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Maybe I'm just biased cause I author DVDs and edit for a living. Perhaps I'm too judgemental. But what you get here is a very poorly made DVD. The packaging is really nice, I'll give it that, but once you play the disks you begin to realize that this disc is strictly amateur hour. The menus are okay, if a little excessive (you have to go through about 10 chapter pages to get to the special features on the 2nd disk).
Here is the real kicker though: it's sold as a "2 Disk Set!" but this is really a cop out. You see, there are a few different ways to author DVDs. There is DVD-5 (which is the size of your average DVD-R) and DVD-9 (which is dual layered, and double the size). This is a 2 disk set authored on two DVD-5s, which means they could have only done one disc and fit the same thing they are offering here.
This would be all fine, if the picture quality was good. But it's terrible, it is extremely low-bitrate and is so because they had to jam a lot of footage onto a DVD-5, so they had to make it look really bad to make the files small enough to fit. This is not even VCD quality! It's so bad (I've only seen worse quality on the Dark Tranquility Live Damage DVD).
The actual performances themselves are decent, except the sound is awful (very poor 5.1 mix) and the low picture quality causes any flashing lights or darkness to pixelate horribly and distort the picture. And this is metal. There are a lot of flashing lights and darkness. To top everything off, the audio is mixed way too loud (to 0db! - most DVDs sit between -12db and - 6db) so you always have to turn your receiever way down from where it is normally set to watch a disc.
Worse than any of this technical stuff though, is that I was bored while watching it. There are no titles to speak of, nothing to discern between songs and bands besides chapter points. The edits are all rather slow and the cameras very rarely move. Plus for some reason they edited together shots of the bands tuning and everything that should have been dropped to have a good moving live show.
I do not recommend buying the disk. The expensive price is due to the expensive packaging (cardboard fold out digipak) and not the DVD quality. It's bad, but at least I now own a performance of Dillinger Escape Plan's "When Good Dogs Do Bad Things".


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