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mindcandy dvd review
playing the dvd
the dvd is mainly made for watching on a tv set and so the impression is not so big when you are watching it on your pc. of course the quality of the dvd can't be the same than running a demo directly from the harddisk. at first you will see the fusecon and hornet logo, then the dvd menu appears. you will always hear some nice music from several well known scene musicians while browsing the menu. the look of the menu is also different on both sides and for the oldschool side they used tracker modules. you can simply begin to play the dvd or select a specific demo from the animated menu. the demos are looking mostly really nice, just some of the old dos demos like crystal dream 2 could be a bit better (but still impressive on a big tv screen). that's the tribute to the complicated capturing process and the lack of expensive hardware. sometimes you have a small border around the picture and sometimes the picture is a bit to big for the screen. no bad words about the sound quality,
just the volume could be slightly higher. for each demo you can switch to the audio commentary, but the bad side effect is that you hear nearly nothing from the demo music then. the american english is sometimes a bit hard to understand. the credits of the demos were mostly cutted except they were a real part of the demo or they contained demo effects. to bad that also second reality lost its credits part this way, but for new people the credits are probably not that interesting to watch and there was also more space available for other demos.
ntsc vs pal
the fact that the dvd was made in ntsc format is probably the biggest problem for people in countries with pal standard. i have no dvd player or drive at all and on the quite cheap philips dvd 711 player from my parents i get only a b/w picture. luckily the sound makes no problems, but watching a color demo in b/w isn't really funny. the more expensive dvd player by our neighbors was playing the dvd without any problem, so you should be sure to get a dvd player that delivers a standard pal signal to your tv even when playing a ntsc dvd. of course you should have no problem when your tv set can handle ntsc signals. pc users with dvd drive are of course not affected by this problem.
mindcandy is an awesome dvd for both the longtime sceners and new people to the scene. it's the best way to watch classic dos demos when you are not able to watch them on your own machine and the best way to preserve demo history. but also the users with not so powerful hardware will be pleased with this dvd. for new people it's an excellent way to see what the demoscene is all about and hopefully they'll make the step into the scene. for a second volume it's probably a good idea to make a pal version of the dvd and also the music in the background of the audio commentary should be louder. in general you can clearly see the amount of work which was put into this dvd. saying it with mindcandy: sceners make demos for one reason: because they can.