AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack-Round 22 (2004)

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Released 25-Nov-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 142:00
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 Box Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English 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 Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    We all know now that Port Adelaide secured the AFL premiership last year, with an emphatic victory over the team considered by many to be one of the best ever - the Brisbane Lions, who'd won three cups in a row from 2001-2003. There were some doubts, however, considering previous years' disappointments, that the Power would be able to overcome their finals yips and march to the Grand Final, let alone win footy's ultimate prize. Round 22 saw the traditional South Australian derby - Port versus the Adelaide Crows - fought in front of an impressive crowd of over 45,000 people at AAMI Stadium, a win for the Power securing them a third successive minor premiership.

Port Adelaide        5.2    8.6    11.10    12.13 - 85

Adelaide                2.1    4.2    8.5        9.6     - 60

    Amongst Port Adelaide's best were Warren Tredrea, who firmed as a likely Brownlow Medallist (he wasn't to poll anywhere near as well as some pundits expected) with a four goal haul, Kane Cornes, Josh Carr and Peter Burgoyne.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is generally good but certainly isn't reference material. We are presented with an appropriately widescreen image, framed at approximately 1.78:1, with 16x9 enhancement.

    Sharpness levels are fairly consistent if not outstanding. Shadow detail is fine - if not tested overly much.

    Colours are well rendered, with only minimal bleeding. Filming in outdoor, uncontrolled conditions does have significant drawbacks, and there are moments of shaky contrast, but for anyone who's ever watched an AFL game on TV there will be nothing to complain about.

    Aliasing is the most intrusive artefact, with fairly constant shimmering affecting much of the transfer, but again, it isn't overly distracting.

    Compression artefacts are not a major issue. Grain keeps away for the most part.

    The print is clean and clear - there are scarcely any film artefacts.

    In sum, this is a very good transfer.

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Audio

    The only audio track available is a Dolby Stereo 2.0 English track which defaults to a solely front channel presentation, but can be played around with to engage the rear channels to add some ambience to proceedings.

    Audio sync is fine.

    Dialogue is clear and easy to understand.

    There were few blemishes and only very minor instances of distortion.

    If the surrounds are engaged they provide some nice crowd noises, with the subwoofer adding a little extra depth. This won't be like the crowds for Any Given Sunday, but it's fine.

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Extras

    The only 'extra' to speak of is a table of the final score line, which is also available on the back of the DVD case.

R4 vs R1

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

    This DVD is formatted for playback on all PAL compatible systems, regardless of region, but I would guess is only available through retail in Australia.

Summary

    Those looking for mementos of Port's season last year need look no further.

    Perfectly acceptable video.

    Standard TV audio.

    No real extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Scott Murray (Dont read my bio - it's terrible.)
Monday, March 14, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDYamaha DVR-S100, using Component output
DisplaySony 76cm Widescreen Trinitron TV. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationYamaha DVR-S100 (built in)
SpeakersYamaha NX-S100S 5 speakers, Yamaha SW-S100 160W subwoofer

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