|Category||Sports||Additional Footage-The Best Of Maradona|
|Year Of Production||?|
|Running Time||56:55 (Case: 104)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Visual Entertainment Group||Starring||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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|
What an eccentric DVD production! Before discussing the actual content I should mention a few little 'features' of this disc:
If none of this deters you then there is some worthwhile material here about the great soccer player, Diego Maradona. The main feature is a documentary which seems to have been produced for Italian television. The documentary is split into sections on the basis of the country where Maradona was resident at the time, rather than strictly chronologically, which is a little bizarre. In order these sections are:
Most of the footage consists of game highlights but there are also some interview snippets with the man himself, which are illuminating in terms of his personality. The footage is accompanied by a voiceover (either in the original Italian or in English). The language used is quite flowery and does not contain any great insights into his technical ability. There are burned-in English subtitles for the interviews, however, all on-screen information such as team names and dates for matches are in Italian. Also every minute of the film is accompanied by a logo, presumably for the company which took the original footage. The logo changes for different pieces of footage.
Basically, this is a highlights reel of Maradona's career, however, it is comprehensive with footage from every major competition he played in and many of his goals. If you are a fan of the man's soccer skills, this is a good keepsake of his career.
The video quality is generally poor, although some of the footage was reasonable.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio which is most likely the original aspect ratio.
The picture was quite blurry and grainy at times and the best material could only be described as fair, probably mostly due to the source material (Argentinean, Spanish and Italian television from the 1970s to 1990s). The Italian material from his days in Napoli was probably the best but certainly nothing special.
The colour was fairly poor with some significant bleeding on display and generally the colour lacked vibrancy.
Artefacts are plentiful including tape tracking, microphony, some minor aliasing and lots of specks, flecks and marks.
There are no subtitles other than burned in English subtitles for interviews. These were quite clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is reasonable but mono.
This DVD contains two audio options, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack (although this was in Italian for the extras) and the same in Italian.
Dialogue & the voiceover were clear and easy to understand.
The music used during this production is eclectic to say the least, lurching from classical to hip hop to vocal jazz. Frankly, it was rather distracting.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included a still photo of Maradona and a chapter selection function. Text on subsequent menus was in Italian only.
This is a short collection of free kicks and penalties taken by Maradona over his career accompanied by music. Worth watching.
Extended highlights of a Serie A game between Napoli and Juventus in 1990. Commentary is in Italian only.
Extended highlights of the 1989 UEFA Cup Final between Stuttgart and Napoli. This was Napoli's sole UEFA Cup triumph to date. Commentary is in Italian.
This disc is coded for all regions, however, seems only to be available in Region 4.
The video quality is poor.
The audio quality is reasonable but mono.
The disc has some worthwhile extras of interest to fans.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|