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AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack (2004)

AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack (2004)

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Released 25-Nov-2004

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Overall Package

    I find it a little odd that the 2004 Victory Pack, as this collection of three DVDs, each containing full coverage of a trinity of important games for last year's Premiers - Port Adelaide, is called doesn't include the thrilling Grand Final victory over the Brisbane Lions. That said, this well presented Collectors Edition, complete with glossy packaging, would be welcome in many a Port fan's collection of memorabilia.

    The video quality varies a little but is consistently good.

    The audio is fine.

    Apart from the nicely presented packaging, there are no real extras to be found.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005
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AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack-Round 22 (2004)

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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AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack-Qualifying Final (2004)

AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack-Qualifying 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 150:00
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

    The march to the Grand Final 2004 begins in earnest in this Qualifying Final, when Port Adelaide finally, to the joy of its devoted and sometimes suffering fans, shook off the demons of previous years and won through to the Preliminary Finals. Geelong had enjoyed a terrific season, with tremendous improvement shown across all fields. However, the Power weren't about to let yet another finals opportunity go begging, and they crushed the Cats at AAMI Stadium by fifty five points.

Port Adelaide   5.2    11.4    13.7    18.9 - 117

Geelong            2.2    3.5      7.6      9.8   - 62

    Brendon Lade, Warren Tredrea and Toby Thurstons turned in tremendous performances, racking up almost forty possessions between them and adding six goals to the tally.

    Byron Pickett was also amongst the team's best players, along with Michael Wilson who had the unenviable job of trying to contain young Gary Ablett Jnr.

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Transfer Quality

Video

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

    Sharpness and shadow detail are excellent.

    The interview footage intercut into the match footage is of terrific clarity.

    Colours were realistically presented.

    There were no film artefacts to report.

    Grain and low level noise were hardly a problem. 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.

    All in all - what we'd expect from recent TV material.

Video Ratings Summary
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Overall

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.

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

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 to play on all PAL compatible systems, regardless of region. It is likely to be available only in Australia.

Summary

    Not the most exciting game but a fine testament to Port's excellent season.

    Perfectly acceptable video.

    Good audio.

    No real extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Scott Murray (Dont read my bio - it's terrible.)
Tuesday, March 15, 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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AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack-Preliminary Final (2004)

AFL-Power: 2004 Victory Pack-Preliminary Final (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

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

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.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

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.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

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)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© 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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