V8 Supercars-Championship Series-2004 Highlights (2004)

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Released 20-May-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports None
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 231:10
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (120:32) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given

Sony Music
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.75:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    One of the great traditions in Australian motor racing has been the rivalry between Ford and Holden, stretching back over many years and models. This rivalry is currently continuing in the V8 Supercar Championship Series which takes place every year in Australia and New Zealand. This DVD covers all the highlights of the 2004 season in which Marcos Ambrose (Ford) is attempting to retain the championship he won in 2003. In this endeavour he is challenged by many other drivers including his teammate Russell Ingall, previous champion Mark Skaife (Holden), Craig Lowndes (Ford) the young Kelly Brothers, Todd & Rick (Holdens) and many others.

    The series is run over 13 rounds, each of which includes at least two separate races. The rounds are held at various racetracks in Australia and New Zealand. Drivers are awarded points for their placings in each round. The winner is the driver who collects the most points at the end of the season.

    This disc includes comprehensive coverage of each and every race, including a computer animated version of each track highlighting the corners and passing opportunities and a hot lap around each track with an onboard camera. Then, each individual race is covered separately as a chapter in the main programme which runs for nearly 4 hours. This gives you the ability to either watch the whole season in one sitting or to choose specific rounds or even races. This makes the disc easy to navigate, so you can access your favourite parts. In total the show has 71 chapters.

    Also included at the end of the main programme are highlights of the 6 rounds of the Konica Minolta development series, also featuring V8s.

    Fans of the V8 Supercars should have no hesitation in buying this very well put together collection of season highlights.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is most likely the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some light MPEG grain throughout as you would expect with nearly four hours of material on one disc. It was not particularly distracting.

    The colour was excellent throughout.

    The only noticeable artefact was aliasing which occurred mostly on crash barriers and fences by the side of the tracks.

    There are no subtitles.

    The layer change occurs at 120:32 and was not overly noticeable.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s. The growls of the V8s came across nicely, filling the lounge room with the sounds of the racetrack.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.

    The surround speakers added some atmosphere, mostly car noises, when played with Dolby ProLogicII.

    The subwoofer added bass as required.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The menu was very simple, allowing for scene selection only.

Playable Demo of PC Game

   Included on the disc is a playable demo of the latest V8 Supercar computer game. For some reason it crashed whenever I tried to run it, but you may have better luck.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is coded for all regions and is only available locally.


    A well put together package of highlights of the V8 Supercar Championship series for 2004.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The set has one extra which I could not get to work on my PC.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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