Ten Seasons-Goals of the Decade (2003)

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Released 25-Jun-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 103:38 (Case: 100)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
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Distributor
Visual Entertainment Group Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
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

    Ten Seasons-Goals of the Decade is a well presented compilation of goals scored in the English Premier League since its inception for the 1992-93 season up until the end of the 2001-02 season. All of the great goal scorers of this period are included such as Alan Shearer, Jurgen Klinsmann, Eric Cantona, Ian Wright, Matt Le Tissier, Andy Cole, Tony Yeboah, Dennis Bergkamp, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, David Beckham, Thierry Henry and even 'Our' Harry Kewell and 'Aussie' Mark Viduka. Many goals are also included from lesser known players due to the high quality of a particular goal they scored. The footage of goals is interspersed with interview footage with some of the players mentioned above and others, discussing how they scored a particular goal or commenting on other players in the premiership.

    In addition to this, also included (mostly in separate chapters) are features on the best goals from headers, best free kick goals, best saves, the 100 club (players who have scored 100 or more goals in the league), the Ten Seasons Awards (Best overseas player and Best English player of the decade) and a countdown of the Top 10 goals of the decade as chosen by a panel of experts and voted for by the public. The program also covers who won the Premier League in each season.

    Personally, I found some of the goals on here fantastic to watch, many of which reminded me of when I saw them for the first time while watching the match in question. I would have preferred it if more time had been spent on a smaller number of goals, explaining how the goal was scored and showing more of the lead up work. This disc has a very 'Blink and you'll miss it' approach to showing the goals with each one only being allocated a few seconds of footage and usually only from one angle. This problem was exacerbated by a very brief appearance of a close up of a part of the Premier League trophy between most goals. I found that this caused my eyes to change focus due to the close up and then not get back to the right focus in time for the lead up to the goal. Over 100 minutes this became annoying.

    Something else which I found a bit annoying was that some goals were presented with the original commentary, others were silent except for crowd noise and some had Martin Tyler (the narrator) talking over the top. Martin Tyler is an excellent commentator at a live soccer match but here I found his comments distracting rather than helpful. I assume this issue is a result of different ownership of the commentary tracks. I am guessing that the League would own the actual footage but the original transmitting network would own the commentary.

    Despite the issues mentioned above, this disc contains some excellent footage and is a great souvenir of the first ten years of the Premier League. This disc might be more enjoyable as a disc to dip in and out of rather than to watch all in one sitting.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is generally very good.

    The show is presented in 1.33:1 and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced. This is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was generally clear, however, some of the goals were a bit grainy especially earlier on the disc. Shadow detail was not an issue. There was no low level noise.

    The colour was bright and well saturated getting better towards the end, but was never a problem.

    The only artefact I noticed was that during one small section of the transfer (at 37:10) there were obviously some problems with the original videotape as there are some tracking marks. The logos of the Premier League which appear between chapters were quite grainy but this may have been by design.

    There are no subtitles.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains one audio option, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.    

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout except for one or two non-English players such as Kanu. There were no problems with audio sync.    

    The theme music was fine and any fan of English soccer has heard it many times.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu includes footage of some goals and music. It allows for chapter selection.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is available in Region 2 under a different title but seems to be exactly the same. It is also available in Region 1 as one disc of a 2-disc set.

Summary

    This disc is a great souvenir of the first 10 years of the English Premier League and is recommended for fans.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    There are no extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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