AFL-Essendon: Wall to Wall (2003)

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Released 30-Jul-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 100:48
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Aust. Football Video
Visual Entertainment Group
Starring Graham Moss
Gavin Wanganeen
Jack Clarke
Barry Davis
John Birt
Neale Daniher
Terry Daniher
Anthony Daniher
Leon Baker
Paul Vanderhaar
James Hird
Tim Watson
Simon Madden
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English 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

    Essendon - Wall to Wall is another in the series of Australian Rules Football DVDs released by the Visual Entertainment Group. Like the other titles in the Wall to Wall series, it dedicates its entire running time to highlights of the one club - and this one is obviously dedicated to the highly successful club from Windy Hill - the Essendon Bombers.

    Supporters of the Bombers certainly have plenty of reason to smile with the club being one of the most successful in the history of the VFL/AFL. A record-equalling 16 premierships, countless finals appearances, a host of Brownlow medallists, and a swag of champion players and there isn't much that players from Essendon haven't done. Led by current coach Kevin Sheedy who is a master of the game and always eager to try new things and promote the game to its limits, the Bombers are one the most widely followed teams in the league.

    This disc contains highlights of some of the true champions produced by the Bombers, with the likes of Brownlow medallists Graham Moss, Gavin Wanganeen, and James Hird, goal kicking machine Matthew Lloyd, high flyers like Paul Vanderhaar and inspirational skippers Tim Watson and Gary O'Donnell featured among several others.

    There are also segments dedicated to some of the special matches played over the last forty years, with five minute highlight compilations of the 1993 Round 3 game against Sydney when Matthew Lloyd booted 13 goals, the 'Baby Bomber' grand final of 1993 against Carlton, the rare black and white footage of the 1965 premiership win over St Kilda, and the tough encounter that was the 1984 premiership win over Hawthorn.

    For those that like the tough stuff there is also plenty of action, with footage of 'Fabulous' Phil Carman's notorious head butt of umpire Graham Carbery in 1980, and plenty of biff and bash in some truly bruising encounters in the early 1980s (mostly against Hawthorn it would seem).

    All up, there is more than 100 minutes of some great nostalgic highlights here that will bring back many memories and provide a chance for any Essendon fan to relive some of the club's most famous moments all over again.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, the transfer is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is comprised entirely of material sourced from television over a period starting around 1962.

   The footage is of extremely variable quality, with the early 1960s black and white material suffering from all manner of artefacts, noise, tracking lines, distortion, and snow. Things improve for the 70s and early 80s highlights which appear in colour but are also a fair bit fuzzier than the 90s material. There are no problems with shadow detail.

    The colours are variable though 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.

    This is a single layered disc so there is no layer change.

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Audio

    Seeing as the disc is comprised exclusively of television highlights, we get television quality audio. This is not to say it is bad. 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, if perhaps a little harsh when the commentators get carried away with excitement and the roar of the crowd tries to drown them out. The early 1960s material is really quite lacking in fidelity and the two 1962 games contain a fair amount of background hiss.

    There is no surround or subwoofer use.



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Extras

Main Menu Audio

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 not available in Region 1.

Summary

    Essendon - Wall to Wall is a great disc for Bombers fans who cannot get enough of their incredibly successful club. It contains stacks of highlights and memories of some of the best moments in the club's history between 1962 and 2002.

    The video is average, but based on the source material is more than acceptable.

    The audio is functional without being outstanding.

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDLoewe Xemix 5106DO, using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
AmplificationHarmon/Kardon AVR7000.
SpeakersFront - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10

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