AFL-Biffs, Bumps and Brawlers: Footy's Wildest Moments-Volume 2 (2002)
|Category||Sports||Main Menu Audio & Animation|
|Year Of Production||2002|
|Running Time||81:08 (Case: 90)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
Aust. Football Video
Visual Entertainment Group
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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|
This programme is a follow-up to Bumps, Biffs and Brawlers, and was first broadcast in 2002. Like the previous entry, there seems to be an identity crisis, as the programme is actually titled Biffs, Bumps and Brawlers 2, though even Rex Hunt gets the name wrong in his introduction.
As you would expect, this show contains more VFL/AFL violence culled from the archives of Channel Seven. After starting inauspiciously with a five minute recap of material shown in the first instalment, we get some extended highlights of various random acts of thuggery from the last 40 years. The oldest piece of footage is from 1963, with John Peck being kicked in the backside and retaliating, in an interesting segment from World of Sport voiced by the late Ron Casey and featuring Lou Richards interviewing Bob Davis and Bob Skilton. The Neil Sachse incident from the early 70s, which resulted in him being paralysed, is shown twice but no mention is made of the extent of his injury.
The material is categorised into various types of footbrawl, with coathangers, elbows, kicking, eye-gouging and biting all getting their own segments. There are also "tributes" to various players, such as Mark Maclure, Dale Weightman, Lazar Vidovic and Chris Lewis. There is an air of barrel scraping with two segments: umpires getting knocked over, and painful injuries. The latter is a little disturbing, with knee injuries and dislocations. Did we really need to see the footage of a Collingwood player with a dislocated elbow?
Rex Hunt hosts again, with the usual banal script delivered in a manner only Hunt could muster. Rather too much of Hunt is shown in this show, probably in order to pad the TV show out to two hours, though there must have been forty minutes of commercials in there. As with the first show, Hunt signs off by asserting that the programme does not glorify the contents, just shows how the game used to be. Sure, we believe you, Rex.
If you enjoyed the first disc in this series, you will probably enjoy this one.
The video quality is quite good.
Presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, this material is not 16x9 enhanced.
The footage is sharp and clear for the most part, though some of the earlier footage can be blurry or fuzzy. Shadow detail is never a problem. Colour is good, though some of the 1970s footage looks washed out, as though the colour was turned down. The black and white footage is again low on contrast.
There is some minor aliasing from time to time as well as cross-colouration. Pixelization is less of an issue with this release than its predecessor. There are some analogue tape tracking errors in the form of horizontal black or white lines that flash across the screen briefly.
Film artefacts crop up in the 1963 footage, with scratches and dirt making it look as though it was filmed during a torrential downpour.
There are no subtitles on this single layered disc.
The single audio track is Dolby Digital 2.0, and appears to contain no surround information, so the rear channels and subwoofer can have a rest.
Dialogue is generally easy to understand, though the commentary on the older footage is necessarily not as clear as more recent video recordings.
There is some awful music played when the footage has no commentary, but there is no composer credited.
|Surround Channel Use|
No extras are provided. The main menu is static with some background audio.
This material has only been released in Region 4, so the choice is easy.
More violence and cowardly acts in this overlong sequel to the original programme. You can buy this disc separately, or as part of a double-pack with volume 1. Recommended only if you enjoy watching people hurting others and themselves.
The video and audio quality are quite good.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-S733A, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 86CM Trinitron Wega KVHR36M31. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player, Dolby Digital, dts and DVD-Audio. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||Yamaha RX-V596 for surround channels; Yamaha AX-590 as power amp for mains|
|Speakers||Main: Tannoy Revolution R3; Centre: Richter Harlequin; Rear: Pioneer S-R9; Subwoofer: JBL SUB175|