AFL-Geelong: 2004 Season Highlights (2004)

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Released 2-Dec-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 105:00
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 $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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 2005 AFL season is well and truly underway, and after Geelong's disappointing performance against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval last weekend, turning to last year's highlights package seems increasingly irrelevant. They say a week is a long time in politics, but it must surely be as long, if not longer, in football, especially considering the minutiae of the game the media and public fanatically debate, dissect and prognosticate on. 2004 was certainly a year of significant improvement for the Cats, acknowledged by their often sternest critic (and past champion) Sam Newman but, as coach Mark 'Bomber' Thompson would acknowledge, last season counted for less than precious little once the Sherrin struck the earth to herald his team's first game only a few weeks ago.

    Thompson, in my opinion the most personally impressive coach in the game at the moment, fields questions from another popular former Cat in Billy Brownless, as we follow the typical path through the twenty two home and away rounds and beyond. Thompson speaks candidly about the frustrations and joys of coaching what Brian Cook calls the AFL's only regional club (I suppose Adelaide just deserves its city status). Much has been made of the two Abletts playing for their father's old club - Gary Jr. being one of the stand-out players of last season, be it in a way (thankfully) completely different from his father.

    Cameron Ling and Matthew Scarlett are also frequently singled out for tremendous individual contributions to the team's impressive performances, but as with most teams who reach the finals, they are only a part of a well rounded and consistent squad, all of whom needed to fire for the team to perform as well as it did. Whatever happens this year, 2004 was certainly a triumphant return to form for a much maligned (particularly in my home state of W.A.) team.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is generally very good. 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 a terrific clarity.

    Colours were realistically presented and 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.

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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.

    Dialogue was easy to hear in 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

     No extras.

R4 vs R1

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

    This release is playable on any PAL compatible system, and is likely only available from Aussie retailers.

Summary

    Geelong 2004 - Season Highlights is a professionally produced DVD with all the stuff Cats fans would want to see.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio is suitable.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Scott Murray (Dont read my bio - it's terrible.)
Wednesday, April 13, 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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