Valentino Rossi's MotoGP Trail of Glory (2003)

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Released 10-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Menu Audio
Trailer-MotoGP, Magic Moments Of MotoGP, World SBK, British SBK
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 63:22 (Case: 60)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Duke Marketing
MRA Entertainment
Starring Valentino Rossi
Case Amaray-Opaque-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan 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

    Valentino Rossi (aka The Doctor) is a god on 2 wheels. Anyone who has watched MotoGP can't help but be dazzled by not only his brilliance on the track but the fun, flair, and confidence he showcases for the sport. OK, it's a fair cop - I'm a HUGE Valentino Rossi fan. He is by far the most charismatic rider to come into the sport since its inception, and one of the most successful.

    So, it was a complete surprise to me to watch a documentary of his racing life that heavily played down his dominance in the sport. One could go away from this DVD feeling that The Doctor had a less than successful trip to the operating theatre. This DVD takes you through Rossi's racing career from a boy racing go-carts at age 10, to the 125cc, 250cc, and 500cc motorbike classes, and then finally to his first year in MotoGP. Valentino is famous for both his on and off track antics, as well as the most spectacular celebrations ever seen on a race track. Where did these go? His famous teasing of other riders, where he would race to the lead only to slow and let the chasers pass so that he could have something to chase again; GONE.

    No true Rossi fan could watch this and not be totally disappointed - there is so much to show of this rider, and so much source material available that it is heartbreaking to see what has been done to such a promising subject.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer of this DVD is atrocious. I know this is my first review and I don't particularly want to start off on the wrong foot, but I can't think of any more apt term to use. I can forgive some of the early footage as it is obviously from very poor source material, but the entire transfer is well below par and wouldn't look all that good on a 68cm TV let alone on a 76" projector screen.

    This transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, which is probably the original aspect ratio of most of the sources used for this documentary.

    The overall picture quality is pretty bad with poor sharpness, and the colour is often oversaturated.

    There are massive aliasing, colour bleeding, and macro blocking problems, along with more MPEG artefacts and pixelization issues than you can count. On the bright side I couldn't find anything in the way of positive or negative film artefacts.

    This disc is single layered.

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Audio

    There is only one audio track on the disc, Dolby Digital 2.0 at a bitrate of 192Kb/s.

    The sound quality and audio level of the (uncredited) commentators' voices is OK, but the audio levels of Rossi when he is speaking are very low, and you must at times strain to hear what he is saying; most of which is in Italian.

    There were no audio sync problems with this transfer.

    Audio on this disc is average. Occasional use is made of stereo sound, but as a lot of the source material used is mono this is not a big feature of the soundtrack.

    The subwoofer was not actively used with this presentation.

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Extras

    The extras on this disc consist of 4 trailers.

Menu

    This is a static menu presented at 1.33:1.

Trailers (4 in Total)

R4 vs R1

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

    This is a Region 0 disc - no other versions are available as far as I am aware.

Summary

     This disc took a colourful, exciting subject (Rossi) and reduced him to a flat colourless documentary; The Doctor will need surgery after this.

    The video quality is atrocious and should never have survived modern day editing.

    The sound is below par, but excusable due to the sources used.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Andrew Peart (read my bio)
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
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