AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack-Round 22 (2004)
|Category||Sports||Main Menu Audio & Animation|
|Year Of Production||2004|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
Visual Entertainment Group
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
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.
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.
Those looking for mementos of Port's season last year need look no further.
Perfectly acceptable video.
Standard TV audio.
No real extras.
|DVD||Yamaha DVR-S100, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 76cm Widescreen Trinitron TV. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Yamaha DVR-S100 (built in)|
|Speakers||Yamaha NX-S100S 5 speakers, Yamaha SW-S100 160W subwoofer|