Steve Waugh (2000)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||107:11 (Case: 120)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
Visual Entertainment Group
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Obviously released to coincide with his recent retirement from test match cricket, Steve Waugh is a not what I'd call a documentary, but it's not just a package of cricket highlights either. It sort of sits between the two. What we get here is more than two hours of match highlights, news and archival footage, and significant excerpts from a 1999 interview that Steve Waugh conducted at the 'Gabba ground in Brisbane.
Filmed in 1999, the story starts at the end, showcasing the efforts by Australia and Waugh in winning the 1999 World Cup, seemingly against insurmountable odds. Waugh then talks candidly about his childhood and the passion he and his brother Mark shared for sport and cricket in particular. There are shots of the boys growing up and some old super-8 footage of them playing at the local park. Once Waugh was selected for NSW and then Australia the amount of footage increases and we see highlights of his first ever test (Boxing Day 1985 in Melbourne versus India) and subsequent dismissal. He then recounts the various highs and lows that cricket has provided him over the course of the period 1985 to 1999. Most of his musings are complemented with footage of the actual event.
Covered are moments such as his first test century, his stunning first Ashes tour of England in 1989, the battle for the Frank Worrell trophy in The West Indies in 1995 and his run in with Curtly Ambrose. He discuss his record century in each innings during the 1997 ashes tour, and the horrible incident when he broke his nose in a sickening collision with Jason Gillespie in Sri Lanka. He also discusses many of the players he shared his time in the game with, such as David Boon, Dean Jones, and Merv Hughes, and even mentions a special meeting he had with Don Bradman.
This is probably a disc for the cricket purists only. The fact it was made more than five years ago certainly takes a great deal of the shine off the story and makes it not quite as relevant as it should be. An awful lot has happened to Steve Waugh since 1999 and none of this is covered.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the transfer is not 16x9 enhanced.
This programme consists of footage from 1985 when Steve Waugh made his debut, right through to the 1999 World Cup final. There is also a little bit of Super8 home movie footage of Waugh playing weekend sport, taken by his parents during the late 60s and early 70s.
This is only an average transfer in terms of sharpness, hampered mostly by the constraints of television broadcast equipment. It is certainly not a patch on any new digital based footage. Grain is present but not annoying, except for the incredibly poor quality footage from the 1987 World Cup. There is no issue with shadow detail at all.
The colours are well rendered and there are no problems to contend with despite some of the material certainly looking its age.
No MPEG artefacts are evident, and aside from some obvious analogue tape problems in the older footage, it is mostly clear of other imperfections.
There are no subtitles, which is a shame.
This is a single layered disc only so there's no layer change to worry about.
The content here is comprised primarily of television highlights, television interviews, and television news footage. So what we get television quality audio. It does its job and that's all that can be expected.
There is only one audio track available, this being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
Dialogue is clear and concise at all times.
There is only a little music to introduce each segment, and it's fairly nondescript.
There is no surround or subwoofer use.
|Surround Channel Use|
Bonus trailers for other titles released by the Visual Entertainment Group.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
As one would expect, this disc is not available in Region 1.
Released to coincide with the recent retirement of former test captain Steve Waugh, the content here does provide a decent chronology of his test and one-day careers with plenty of footage from the more memorable moments over the years. But be warned. This program was made in 1999 and therefore misses his last couple of years of one-dayers and nearly five years of test matches, so in no way can be classed a complete record.
The video quality is average. Fine for circa 1999, but not a patch on a modern recording.
The audio is functional.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Loewe Xemix 5106DO, using RGB output|
|Display||Loewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Speakers||Front - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10|