AFL-2004 Premiers: Port Adelaide Power (2004)

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Released 29-Sep-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Audio & Animation
Notes-Team Stats, Score Card, Goal Kickers, Ladder
Audio Commentary-Choice Of Three Commentaries
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 153:52 (Case: 150)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (77:21) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Aust. Football Video
Visual Entertainment Group
Starring Warren Tredrea
Gavin Wangeneen
Toby Thurstons
Byron Pickett
Josh Carr
Damien Hardwick
Michael Wilson
Brendan Lade
Chad Cornes
Kane Cornes
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Alternate Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Alternate Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 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.

    This is a disc dedicated to the abovementioned Port Adelaide team and is a full replay of their comprehensive win over Brisbane in the AFL Grand Final on 25 September 2004. The disc is obviously taken from the Network Ten coverage of the game and includes the 10 minute pre-game banter between host Steve Quartermain and experts Mick Malthouse and Steven Silvagni. The full game is shown, minus advertisements, plus there are around 25 minutes of post game celebrations including all the speeches and medal and trophy presentations.

    Port Adelaide fans will most certainly be keen to add this disc to their collections since it is a lasting memento of their proud club's first ever AFL premiership win and a lasting reminder of the year the chokers tag was finally despatched.

    Highlighting the true benefits of owning sporting event replays on DVD over the old clumsy VHS versions is the addition of two alternative audio soundtracks containing either the 3AW or Triple M radio broadcast of the game. Obviously on the actual day of the game when fans would have watched it live, they would have only been able to listen to one track at a time, so the inclusion of multiple tracks here allows the passionate fan to experience the game all over again, almost like it was for the first time.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is really quite a lovely transfer that fully showcases the benefits of modern circa 2004 digital television recording equipment. The leap in technology in just 10 years is really quite remarkable and discs like this just reinforce that.

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, this transfer also benefits from being 16x9 enhanced.

    Colours are superbly saturated and true to life. It is a vivid transfer with deep and solid saturation.

    There are no MPEG artefacts and all other artefacts are absent. In a word it is perfectly clean.

    There are no subtitle streams present.

    This is a dual layered disc. The layer change occurs at 77:21.



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Audio

      There are three audio soundtracks available. All are English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks, with the original Channel 10 broadcast in stereo and encoded at a bitrate of 192 Kb/s joined by 3AW and Triple M radio station broadcasts of the game.

    The Channel 10 commentary is by far the cleanest and clearest, closely followed by the stereo offering from Triple M. The 3AW commentary is only mono and a little lacking in fidelity and range, but it is still more than adequate.

    Dialogue is clear and concise at all times and audio sync is not an issue.

    There is no surround or subwoofer use.



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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

Notes

    A comprehensive set of notes that cover the full team statistics for the big game, the final score, the goal kickers, and how the ladder looked at the end of the regular season.

Audio Commentary

    Bored with the Network Ten television commentary? Well, switch soundtracks and listen to either of the two radio broadcasts of the game. Included are the broadcasts from 3AW and Triple M radio stations. Both radio tracks only crank in once the game begins so for the first 10 minutes or so you'll still be listening to the Channel 10 coverage.

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

    Port Adelaide Premiers 2004 is another disc in the many available dedicated to Australian Rules Football. The quality of this recent recording is superb and the addition of two new audio options is a definite bonus. Port Adelaide fans will no doubt have already added this to their collection and will be reliving their team's first ever AFL flag with glee.

    The video and audio quality are excellent.

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Saturday, November 13, 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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