Premier League-Goals of the Season/Review of the Season 2004/2005 (2005)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2005|
|Running Time||105:26 (Case: 104)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Visual Entertainment Group||Starring||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
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.
This set is coded for All Regions and is the same format globally, despite saying it is region 4 only on the case.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is very good.
The set has no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 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 Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|