AFL-Geelong: 2004 Season Highlights (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|
Aust. Football Video
Visual Entertainment Group
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
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.
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.
|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|