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Premier League-Goals of the Decade/A Decade of Great Matches (2003)

Premier League-Goals of the Decade/A Decade of Great Matches (2003)

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Released 25-Nov-2004

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Overall Package

    This two disc set is a combination of two previously released discs, both of which have previously been reviewed. The reviews of the individual discs can be seen below. Together these would make a great present for any lover of English soccer or soccer in general and between them contain approximately 4 hours of Premier League action.

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Ten Seasons-Goals of the Decade (2003)

Ten Seasons-Goals of the Decade (2003)

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Released 25-Jun-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 103:38 (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
Visual Entertainment Group Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or 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

    Ten Seasons-Goals of the Decade is a well presented compilation of goals scored in the English Premier League since its inception for the 1992-93 season up until the end of the 2001-02 season. All of the great goal scorers of this period are included such as Alan Shearer, Jurgen Klinsmann, Eric Cantona, Ian Wright, Matt Le Tissier, Andy Cole, Tony Yeboah, Dennis Bergkamp, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, David Beckham, Thierry Henry and even 'Our' Harry Kewell and 'Aussie' Mark Viduka. Many goals are also included from lesser known players due to the high quality of a particular goal they scored. The footage of goals is interspersed with interview footage with some of the players mentioned above and others, discussing how they scored a particular goal or commenting on other players in the premiership.

    In addition to this, also included (mostly in separate chapters) are features on the best goals from headers, best free kick goals, best saves, the 100 club (players who have scored 100 or more goals in the league), the Ten Seasons Awards (Best overseas player and Best English player of the decade) and a countdown of the Top 10 goals of the decade as chosen by a panel of experts and voted for by the public. The program also covers who won the Premier League in each season.

    Personally, I found some of the goals on here fantastic to watch, many of which reminded me of when I saw them for the first time while watching the match in question. I would have preferred it if more time had been spent on a smaller number of goals, explaining how the goal was scored and showing more of the lead up work. This disc has a very 'Blink and you'll miss it' approach to showing the goals with each one only being allocated a few seconds of footage and usually only from one angle. This problem was exacerbated by a very brief appearance of a close up of a part of the Premier League trophy between most goals. I found that this caused my eyes to change focus due to the close up and then not get back to the right focus in time for the lead up to the goal. Over 100 minutes this became annoying.

    Something else which I found a bit annoying was that some goals were presented with the original commentary, others were silent except for crowd noise and some had Martin Tyler (the narrator) talking over the top. Martin Tyler is an excellent commentator at a live soccer match but here I found his comments distracting rather than helpful. I assume this issue is a result of different ownership of the commentary tracks. I am guessing that the League would own the actual footage but the original transmitting network would own the commentary.

    Despite the issues mentioned above, this disc contains some excellent footage and is a great souvenir of the first ten years of the Premier League. This disc might be more enjoyable as a disc to dip in and out of rather than to watch all in one sitting.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is generally very good.

    The show is presented in 1.33:1 and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced. This is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was generally clear, however, some of the goals were a bit grainy especially earlier on the disc. Shadow detail was not an issue. There was no low level noise.

    The colour was bright and well saturated getting better towards the end, but was never a problem.

    The only artefact I noticed was that during one small section of the transfer (at 37:10) there were obviously some problems with the original videotape as there are some tracking marks. The logos of the Premier League which appear between chapters were quite grainy but this may have been by design.

    There are no subtitles.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains one audio option, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.    

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout except for one or two non-English players such as Kanu. There were no problems with audio sync.    

    The theme music was fine and any fan of English soccer has heard it many times.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu includes footage of some goals and music. It allows for chapter selection.

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 available in Region 2 under a different title but seems to be exactly the same. It is also available in Region 1 as one disc of a 2-disc set.

Summary

    This disc is a great souvenir of the first 10 years of the English Premier League and is recommended for fans.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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Ten Seasons-A Decade of Great Matches (2003)

Ten Seasons-A Decade of Great Matches (2003)

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Released 4-May-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports None
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 165:53 (Case: 160)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Visual Entertainment Group Starring None Given
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 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

    If you are a fan of English soccer then you will no doubt have been following the English Premier League since its inception just over ten years ago. This disc brings together 18 of the best games from the first ten years, as selected by a panel of experts (I have no idea who they were, but they have put together a pretty good collection of matches). There is a companion disc to this one which looks at the Greatest Goals from those same ten years which has already been reviewed here at Michael D's. The Great Matches were first shown as a series of 3 TV shows which were aired here in Australia last year on SBS, and they are presented the same way on this DVD. I won't list every game on the discs, but some of the highlights are:

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    Part 3:

    Well, I have focused a little on my favourite team, but there is a great selection of classic matches on offer here which will please fans of the game generally. The presentation is a little strange, as there is no "Play All" option (you have to choose each part separately from its scene selection menu), but this is a minor niggle. The flow is also a little stilted, as the matches are not in chronological (or any logical) order. I also found the interview segments a little lengthy, and would have liked a little more action, but each match gets a reasonable run (segments vary from 7-13 minutes) and this is a pretty good overview of the Premier League up to the end of the 2001 season.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The matches on show here vary in age and the picture reflects this and their TV source to some extent, but the video transfer is not too bad overall.

    The aspect ratio is 1.33:1, non 16x9 enhanced, which is the original ratio as first shown on television.

    The sharpness of the picture varies, with the interviews looking very sharp (see 3:54 in Part 1) and most of the matches acceptable. There is the occasional older match, or night game, where sharpness is diminished (as at 39:27 in Part 2), but this is as good as this material ever looked on TV. There is no low level noise.

    The colours are generally vibrant, though at times the picture struggles to cope when part of the pitch is in sunshine and part in shade, but this happens on most football broadcasts.

    There is very little damage on show, apart from occasional minor aliasing in crowd scenes and on goal nets. This is a fairly recent show and the source looks to have been in pretty good condition.

    There are no subtitles. The layer change is at 28:22 in Part 2. It is between matches and so is not too disruptive.

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Audio

    The audio transfer is about what you would expect of a television sports show - it does the job but is naturally not the sort of thing you would use to demonstrate your new sound system to a friend.

    There is only the one audio track on offer, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track encoded at a bitrate of 192 Kb/s.

    The dialogue is clear at all times, and consists of either original match commentary, interview segments with players and managers, or voice-over introducing each of the matches. Audio sync is fine during the interview segments though there is some variation in volume between matches.

    The music is purely background and as such does its job well enough, with the volume nicely matched to the other sound elements..

    There is very little surround activity in this stereo transfer, though crowd atmosphere is nicely rendered across the front of the sound stage. The subwoofer is not engaged.

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Extras

    There are no extras on the disc, but the generous selection of matches on offer here means that this is not really an issue.

Menu

    The menu is static with no audio. It allows you to go to Parts 1-3 of the main show. From the sub-menu for each Part you can select one of the 6 matches in each episode. To play an entire Part, just choose the first match on offer. There is no way to play all 3 episodes in sequence.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 2 release of this DVD has the same features as the Region 4. In Region 1 it is available as part of a two-disc set with the companion Great Goals DVD. I will give the local version the nod on grounds of availability, though pricing may play a part if you have access to better discounts overseas.

Summary

    This is an enjoyable disc which will please fans of English soccer. There really have been some great matches in the Premier League, and it was nice to see highlights of some of them again. The video and audio transfers do the job, and the lack of extras is not really an issue for once given the generous selection of matches on offer here.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Robert Davison (read my bio)
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba SD-K350, using Component output
DisplaySONY VPL-HS10 LCD projector, ABI 280cm 16x9 screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderKenwood. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationKenwood
SpeakersKenwood

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