Premier League-Goals of the Season/Review of the Season 2004/2005 (2005)

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Released 24-Aug-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 105:26 (Case: 104)
RSDL / Flipper No/No
Dual Disc Set
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-S/C-Dual
RPI $29.95 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

    I greatly enjoy watching the English Premier League and was keen to review this set after reviewing last year's set, Premier League 03/04. If you bought last year's, you already know what to expect as this set is virtually identical, except for being presented in anamorphic widescreen rather than pan and scan.

    There are two single-layer DVD5 discs included, each of which contains an approximately 50 minute show preceded by an annoying 2 minute advertisement for other titles by the distributor which you cannot skip through. You can only fast forward.

    The first disc is called Great Goals 2004/2005 and is very true to its title. It is formatted by each month of the season from August to May and includes some spectacular strikes. Each month's best goals are interspersed with some mini featurettes on great free kicks, great saves, goofs which resulted in goals or resulted in a miss, a small section on the Golden Boot winner and ends with a countdown of the Top 10 goals of the season (although there is no explanation of how these were chosen). All the people you expect (and some who you don't) are included such as Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, Shawn Wright-Phillips, Alan Shearer (his 200th goal) and many of the victorious Chelsea squad such as Frank Lampard, Eidur Gudjonsen and Joe Cole.

    The second disc is called The Year in Review 2004/2005 and is a documentary style wrap-up of the season focusing on the manager changes rife in the league, the best games of the season, the battle for the championship and to avoid relegation and major player signings. An excellent wrap-up of the season.

    As I said last year, I think it's a little cheeky to have 100 minutes in total on two discs when they could have easily fitted on one DVD9. Accordingly, this may make you question the price tag.

    If you are a fan of the English Premier League, this set is worthy of consideration.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is generally excellent with only some minor issues.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio. The discs helpfully have a screen as you first load them which helps you check your settings are correct.

    The picture was sharp and clear throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was excellent.

    The colour was excellent with no issues to report.

    The only noticeable artefact was some minor but regular aliasing of sidelines and signage around the grounds. It was not particularly distracting.

    There are no subtitles.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good but front and centre focussed.

    This set contains one audio option, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand except for some accents during interviews.

    The music is nothing spectacular but does its job in the production.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.

        

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu included the ability to select scenes but is preceded on both discs by a two minute advertisement that you cannot skip past. All you seem to be able to do is fast forward.

R4 vs R1

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

    This set is coded for All Regions and is the same format globally, despite saying it is region 4 only on the case.

Summary

    This set contains a very good two disc wrap-up of the most recent English Premier League season.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The set has no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, September 27, 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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