AFL-Hawthorn: The Electrifying 80's (2004)

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Released 30-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 104:34 (Case: 100)
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 Leigh Matthews
Gary Ayres
Don Scott
Michael Tuck
Jason Dunstall
Dermott Brereton
Chris Langford
Gary Buckenara
John Platten
Chris Mew
Robert Dipierdomenico
Peter Schwab
Ken Judge
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame 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

    Now that the AFL season has come to an end with Port Adelaide claiming the 2004 premiership and thwarting the Brisbane Lions' attempt to win four consecutive flags, the poor footy fans among you might be wondering just what to do with yourselves over the next few months before it all cranks up again. Well, you could easily keep yourself busy with any number of the large range of AFL DVDs on the market.

    The Australian Football League is certainly well catered for when it comes to DVD titles. There have been numerous discs dedicated to the history or highlights of several of the individual clubs such as Essendon, Fremantle, and Collingwood, plus many compilation-style titles focussing on spectacular goals, marks, biffs and bumps.

    What we have here is another highlights disc dedicated solely to one club. This time it's the mighty Hawthorn Hawks. Hang on - did I say mighty?

    Well, if you are a recent fan to AFL, you might be wondering if I am talking about the same Hawthorn football team. You see, 2004 has not been kind to the men in brown and gold with their coach getting dumped, their flamboyant captain stepping down, all manner of off-field antics hitting the headlines, and the team going oh-so-close to claiming the wooden spoon with a series of humiliating loses. Of course, the rest of us who are not Hawthorn supporters have sat back with a bit of a smirk and quite enjoyed the ride. Why is that I hear you ask? Well, Hawthorn enjoyed a golden period during the 1980s when they were almost unstoppable. So while they may be suffering at present, there once was a time when they were handing out the punishment in brutal fashion - so it's about time they had a taste of their own medicine! Long may it continue I say.

    Anyway, enough of the anti-Hawks rant! What this disc contains is a chronological highlights compilation of the 1980s featuring the all-conquering Hawks, their star players, their famous victories, and of course their premierships. And boy did they experience just a few of all three during the period from 1980 to 1989. Consider players such as 'Lethal' Leigh Matthews, Jason Dunstall, Gary Ayres, John Platten, Michael Tuck, Chris Langford, Don Scott, Robert Dipierdomenico, Peter Knights, and of course 'The Kid' Dermott Brereton just to name a few of the absolute legends that pulled on the Hawthorn jumper during the 80s. Consider also the records the club notched up. Seven successive grand finals from 1983-1989 and an unsurpassed four premiership cups, including one of the best grand finals the game has ever seen in 1989 against Geelong. There is little doubt that the Hawks of the 1980s were among the best teams the game has ever seen - yes Eddie, they were even better than the Collingwood side of 1927-1930.

    Every year from 1980 to 1989 is covered and given time for highlights of home and away fixtures, plus highlights of the finals clashes. Memorable moments such as Dermott Brereton's five goal debut game in a final in 1982 is shown, the superb moment when Leigh Matthews snapped the behind post in half (boy he was tough), plus the less savoury moments such as the famous Leigh Matthews (again) clash with Geelong's Neville Bruns in 1985. There's also a few interview grabs from several of the stars talking in retrospect about their feats, though these do appear to have been recorded several years ago.

    This is good coverage of a golden era of a great team. Hawks fans should most certainly take a look at this to remember the time when their team was filled with outright stars and hard-as-nails players who never failed to give a hundred per cent and go in and get the ball, unlike the team of today which is filled with glamour-boy wannabes who would rather be on the cover of a magazine than under a pack getting their face rammed into the mud. Footy just isn't the same anymore is it?

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Transfer Quality

Video

    All up, this isn't a bad transfer with problems only attributed to the age of the source material.

    The video transfer for this disc follows the same standard as the others in the series and is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    As stated the footage is of variable quality, with the material all in colour, but of varying quality and clarity. 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, once again we get television quality audio.

    There is only one audio track available, this being an English Dolby Digital stereo 2.0 soundtrack. Overall the quality of the soundtrack is quite good with limitations and problems only attributed to the source material.

    Dialogue is clear at all times, though there are a few problems with audio sync during some of the interview grabs. Some of the older footage is also burdened with a harsher quality and is occasionally distorted with noise and hiss.

    There is no surround or subwoofer use.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

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

    Hawthorn - The Electrifying 80s is another disc in the series of AFL highlights discs. For the Hawks fan that laments the current dismal state that their club finds themselves in, this disc offers a chance to see highlights of a time when the mighty brown and gold was virtually unstoppable.

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

    The audio is functional and serves the vision well.

    There are no extras.

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Review Equipment
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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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