Olsen Twins-Switching Goals (1999) (NTSC)

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Released 9-Jul-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Family Main Menu Audio
Listing-Cast & Crew
Filmographies-Cast
Trailer-Mary-Kate and Ashley Videocassette/DVD Collection Trailer
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 83:55
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4 Directed By David Steinberg
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen
Case ?
RPI $29.95 Music Patrick Williams


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English
French
Spanish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This is yet another made-for-video movie starring the ever-so-cute-and-adorable twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. This time, they are not at some exotic international city but at home in the good ol' US of A.

    Jerry Stanton (Eric Lutes) loves his twin daughters - but he favours 'Sam' (Mary-Kate Olsen) because she is better at sports than her more traditionally feminine sister (Ashley Olsen). And Jerry is one big sports fanatic - he runs a sports store, as well as coaching the local junior soccer team.

    Mum Denise (Kathryn Greenwood) is keen to see Jerry distribute his affection a bit more equally, so when she finds out that this year's junior soccer team will be co-ed, she pushes Jerry to select Emma for his team before Sam. Jerry is reluctant as he knows Sam will be the better player and he wants his team to win, but eventually agrees and chooses Emma.

    Neither girls are particularly happy - Sam ends up in a team run by the easy going Willard (Keith Knight) - he even treats his team to pizza slices! - and she feels she is not being coached to her full potential. Emma on the other hand feels ashamed that she is not a good player and she is letting her team and her father/coach down.

    So the two girls hit on the perfect plan - switching identities! That way they get to play in the team that they feel more comfortable in. Only problem is - although they may be able to fool everyone else, they can't fool their parents. They manage to talk Jerry into going along with the switch, and hope that Mum never finds out (due to work commitments she won't be able to attend their practices).

    There's a further complication: Sam has the hots for new kid in school Greg (Trevor Blumas), but he has eyes only for Emma. So, does Sam finally get her chance by meeting Greg masquerading as Emma?

    Of course, as you would expect, Mum does eventually find out, and so does everyone else. What will happen now?

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a full frame NTSC transfer, corresponding to the intended format and aspect ratio of the title given that it was released directly to video.

    Given that I can see very occasional film marks and very slight grain, the feature must have been originally shot on film and then transferred to video.

    Colours are okay, although very slightly over-exposed and hence looking a little washed out. Detail levels are above average.

    I did not detect any compression artefact.

    There are English, French and Spanish subtitle tracks. I turned on the English subtitle track briefly to verify its presence. Dialogue transcription accuracy is average, and I did not notice any Hearing Impaired features.

     This is a single sided single layered disc.

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Audio

    There are three audio tracks on this disc: English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).

    The audio quality is typical for a made-for-video release. Dialogue was reasonably clear, and I did not notice any audio synchronization issues.

    As you would expect, there are no notable Foley effects or overly soft/loud sound effects. Indeed, everything is about as bland as you would expect from a title of this sort.

    The background music seems to be mostly light, vaguely teeny-boppy, instrumental music. The original music score is by Patrick Williams.

    Given that this is a 2.0 track, there is no surround or subwoofer activity.

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Extras

    There aren't a lot of extras on this disc.

Menu

    For some reason the menus are 16x9 enhanced, even though none of the rest of the content on the disc is anything but full frame. The main menu includes background audio.

Listing-Cast & Crew

    This is a single still.

Filmographies-Cast

    This is a set of five stills summarising the amazing number of made-for-video features starring the twins.

Trailer-Mary-Kate and Ashley Videocassette/DVD Collection Trailer (1:35)

    This is a composite trailer for other Olsen Twins titles released on DVD. It is presented in full frame and Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded (192Kb/s). It features:

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 1 and 4 releases of this title are identical.

Summary

    This is yet another Olsen Twins made-for-video film. Unlike recent titles featuring the twins in exotic locations such as Paris, London, Rome and Sydney (!), this one is set in the US of A and is about the twins participating in sports.

    The video transfer quality is acceptable.

    The audio transfer quality is average.

    Extras are minimal.

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Thursday, August 28, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RP82, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
SpeakersFront and surrounds: B&W CDM7NT, front centre: B&W CDMCNT, surround backs: B&W DM601S2, subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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