Kurt Cobain – Music Box Biographical Collection
Sound: C+ Extras: D Program: C+
The endless discs and cash-ins on Kurt Cobain continue
many years after his death, but Kurt Cobain – Music Box Biographical
Collection is an oddball title in any case and one of the early titles in a
new music series. Running a mere 43
minutes on a DVD disc without even a menu, this installment of this series is a
pastiche of old video clips, interviews and none of the original music.
As a radio program with bad animation (literally) and
clips that are not in the best of shape, but fans might consider archival
unless they can find better copies elsewhere.
This is ultimately a compilation of facts that might be interesting to
those who do not know them, but nothing so impressive that this program is
indispensable. Wonder if other
installments will fare better?
The 1.33 X 1 full frame image is often degraded analog
NTSC video that looks like it could have been produced in the 1980s. Most of it is in color, but it wildly varies
and is very inconsistent throughout.
The PCM 2.0 16Bit/48Khz sound is barely stereo, with some very badly
recorded narration by a British voice.
The old audio from the clips are usually monophonic and little has been
done to them to improve or degrade the sound.
Whether “purists” should celebrate is irrelevant. Since this is practically here like a DVD-R
without menus, there are no extras. It
should be interesting to see how this compares to other installments of this
- Nicholas Sheffo