"House, Techno, Breaks, Drum-n-Bass"
From Palm Pictures comes another compilation disc, this time focusing on the 'house music', or techno, genre. Assembling a range of artists from across the genre, Sound and Motion is a great disc to provide a little techno in the DVD field, which oddly has few offerings from the normally technology adept musical genre.
The disc is a 'greatest hits' collection that joins sixteen separate artists' works together on the disc. The videos are mostly full frame, but they were intended for television, so this is acceptable. On the sound front, it is generally well mixed. Most of the tracks make good use of the subwoofer, which is understandable considering the genre. Some are flatter than others in terms of the sound stage, but most make good use of the field; really bringing the presentation forward to the viewer. Some are downright expansive, very rich, very deep, very powerful use of the sound.
The tracks presented are from across the range of the genre. Several are 'mainstream' tracks, or from artists that have enjoyed some measure of mainstream publicity. Many, however, are from deeper back in the genre, and represent a good chance to sample a selection of techno offerings. Further, many techno artists consider their music to incorporate an integral visual component; and thus many of the videos are very busy, very integrated into the music. Not the 'stand and sing' type of videos you see on MTV; these are musical works designed to use visual and audio together.
There are two theatrical trailers on the disc, and an anti-drug message. All are of a lower quality than the video clips which are the disc's primary content, but not negatively so.
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Video quality is uniformly solid, though some videos are overly bright, with some examples of minor edge degradation and color bleed. This is unfortunate, but is a problem only in some spots on some tracks; not a disc-wide problem. For the most part, the video transfer is very acceptable. The package promises '5.1 Dolby Digital', but doesn't deliver a lot of surround work with the tracks. Most of them seem to be stereo only. Again, this isn't a 'problem', the sound is very enjoyable and well done overall; but the surrounds aren't used very much. Most everything is handled on the front stage.
An extremely solid genre disc, techno fans will be pleased to make this purchase. It should see good use at parties and as a 'background' disc, while you talk with friends or do whatever.
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