AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack-Preliminary Final (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 169:00
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
Aust. Football Video
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 No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    St. Kilda had enjoyed a terrific season - admittedly with some peaks and troughs - but come finals time they were a genuine threat of ruining Port's run to that special Saturday in September. The two teams faced off in a Preliminary Final that had it all, and more. Milestones abounded for the Saints - Robert Harvey's 300 games and Fraser Gehrig's ton of goals (he kicked five for the game), which prompted an on-field invasion from fans, but in the end Port was to rule the day. In front of nearly 47,000 fans, the Power finally realised their dream of making an AFL Grand Final.

Port Adelaide        4.0    8.3    10.8    14.10 - 94

St. Kilda                4.5    7.5    10.9    13.10 - 88

    One of the truly great matches of recent years, this Preliminary Final saw some inspirational football from Warren Tredrea, Roger James, Kane Cornes and Michael Wilson.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    We are presented with an appropriately widescreen image, framed at approximately 1.78:1, with 16x9 enhancement, which is very good.

    Sharpness and shadow detail are generally very good.

    Colours were well rendered with realistic skin tones and few problems with bleeding or oversaturation.

    Grain and low level noise were basically non-existent. Some MPEG artefacts were noticeable on occasion, but again, nothing serious. Aliasing is slightly more of a problem - the grass shimmers a little on occasion, and railings and signs in the stands do cause some disturbance, but the focus is always on the game itself so it never detracts from the viewing enjoyment.

    There are no film artefacts to worry about.

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Audio

    The English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track does its job well, and although the surrounds and subwoofer get little to do, there isn't too much to complain about. The track defaults to solely front channel action, but can be made a little more immersive by using the features on your sound system.

    Dialogue was easy to hear on all but a few instances.

    Audio sync was excellent during the interviews.

    There were very few moments of any sort of distortion.

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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 will play on any PAL compatible system, regardless of regional encoding. I suspect that it is only available to buy in Australia.

Summary

    A terrific game - whatever team you barrack for.

    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.)
Wednesday, March 16, 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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