The Offspring - Americana
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Review by Blake Kunisch | posted May 5, 2001
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The Movie: Essentially, this DVD is a whole montage of music videos and other mayhem set to The Offspring music. Featuring 21 chapters of 21 different Offspring songs, this DVD ranges from just basic music videos of audiences during performances to staged stunts/crimes set to music. There's really nothing new and/or interesting, but Offspring fans will probably enjoy this "movie."

The Picture: At the start of the DVD, a warning is displayed to viewers about the video quality, as it was filmed on handheld camcorders and isn't supposed to be high quality. Perhaps I went a little too hard with my rating, but as the warning says, the picture is bad, but for the transfer to DVD, it's probably pretty good - it's just hard to tell with the originaly being purposefully low-grade.

The Sound: The sound, presented in Dolby 2.0 is quite disappointing. Supposedly presented in stereo, it's hard to differentiate anything from the center channel and there are no surrounds. Perhaps die-hard fans of the group won't care, but die-hard fans of DVD will. With no real stereo audio and no surround when it could have been utilized, this DVD sorely underperforms in the audio department.

The Extras: There are no extras to review. All you have is the 21 chapters.

Conclusion: A highly disspointing DVD, The Offspring: Americana features an underperforming audio track, sub-par video quality and absolutely no extras. There's probably only a few die-hard Offspring fans that would enjoy this DVD and that's who I plan on giving my copy to. If you don't know who Offspring is or even if you know who they are but aren't a huge fan, skip this disc. For die-hard fans, see if you can rent it before spending $20 on this DVD.



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