Susan Powter-Building Strength with Susan Powter (1993)

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Released 21-Apr-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 1993
Running Time 57:04
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Nancy DiToro
A Vision Entertainme
Warner Vision
Starring Susan Powter
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Lincoln Apeland
Richard McHugh

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This is the second in a series of Susan Powter fitness videos now released on DVD. Susan is an "author, businesswoman, outstanding champion of women's issues, and wellness expert" (according to her biography). Her main claim to fame is that she used to be really fat and lost 133 pounds, so if she can do it so can you, and she is determined to show you how - through books, audio tapes, videos, seminars, ...

    Unlike the other two videos, this is not an aerobic workout but a strength training programme. For maximum benefit, you need dumbbells and ankle weights, but you can vary how heavy these are depending on how fit/strong you are. I did the exercises with hand weights but no ankle weights. You could also try wearing heavy shoes - like hiking boots.

    You also need a straight-backed chair, a long bench or step platform approximately 12-14" off the floor (I used a long ottoman) and a floor mat (if you are exercising on a hard floor like me).

    The programme is shot in a pastel coloured studio and features the same "cast" of fellow exercisers as Susan's first video - Lean, Strong & Healthy.

    As usual, there is only 1 programme on the disc. Susan does a quick introduction, then we get warm ups, followed by a sequence of arm and leg resistance movements of 3 sets of 10 each. There are no abdominal exercises, but there is a stretch warm-down, followed by some congratulatory remarks and final words of wisdom from Susan.

    There are not many variations and modifications in the routines (a classic Susan trademark), but as you can choose the size of the weights you can make the workout as difficult or as easy as you choose.

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Transfer Quality


    This is a full frame transfer, taken from an analogue video source intended for duplication onto VHS tapes.

    The quality of the composite video source is pretty much as you would expect - rather soft, with smeary colours.

    The quality of the video is probably acceptable if you are watching this on a small screen display, but will be somewhat painful on a projector.

    Given that the duration of the feature is less than 1 hour, I did not expect significant compression artefacts. In any event, the only artefact I noticed is an occasional Gibb's effect ringing, which sometimes cause the vertical lines on the back of the studio to flutter. I also noticed a slight blurring of detail in the exercisers as they go through the movements - I am not sure whether this is a transfer fault or inherent in the source.

    There is no subtitle track on this single sided, single layered disc, but you don't need one.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There are two audio tracks present: English and German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s). The default audio track is English. I'm not sure how you would select the German audio track without using the DVD player controls since there is no audio selection menu.

    The quality of the audio transfer is pretty average for an analogue video source.

    I did not notice any problems with the audio, and there were no audio synchronization issues.

    I found the dialogue relatively clear and easy to understand. Background music is non-obtrusive.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    There is absolutely no extras on this disc, however the menu is animated and includes background audio. There is a short intro prior to displaying the menu.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title has yet to be released in Region 1.


    Susan Powter - Building Strength with Susan Powter is another fitness video from Susan Powter. This one contains strength/resistance training.

    The video quality is rather soft and based on an analogue composite video source.

    The audio quality is average.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDLinn Unidisk 2.1, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum/AVIA. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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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