Disney-Extreme Sports Fun

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Released 12-Jul-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio & Animation
Game-Goofy's Gold Medal Trivia
Game-Disney Sports Locker Game
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production ?
Running Time 72:50 (Case: 77)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Walt Disney Home Vid
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring None Given
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Greek Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.37:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Czech
Hungarian
Greek
Slovak
Czech Titling
Hungarian Titling
Greek Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

      Disney must be an extremely conservative company, because their definition of extreme is very different to mine. On a DVD entitled Extreme Sports Fun, what kind of sports would you expect? Snowboarding? Surfing? Skiing? Maybe in-line skating or skateboarding too? Yes to all of the above? Me too.

    Disney classifies extreme a little differently to you and I then. How about Olympic track and field? Golf? Soccer? Gymnastics? Not exactly what I would call extreme sports.

    I was expecting some snowboarding & surfing, and was immediately disappointed when I realised this DVD was a somewhat clumsily thrown together collection of old and generally uninspiring shorts. I consider myself a fan of Disney, but this collection holds little to no replay value for me.

    Chapters 

    The Olympic Champ: Goofy goes Olympic. Track and field misadventures with one of my least favourite Disney characters.

    Canine Caddy: Mickey and Pluto go golfing. Mickey is a worse golfer than I am.... and that's saying something!

    Soccermania: Another 'Sports Goofy' adventure. The highlight for me was Scrooge McDuck swimming in his bank vault. I always wanted one of them when I was young. This cartoon is a stark reminder of why Goofy grates me.

    Goofy Gymnastics: Amusing as wimpy Goofy tries to buff up.

    Tennis Racquet: Goofy playing tennis. Why isn't this called the Goofy Sports Fun DVD?

    How to Ride a Horse: Goofy goes horseriding.

    The Hockey Champ: Donald Duck (thank goodness) goes ice skating and starts instructing Huey, Louey and Dewey in the finer arts of hockey. Probably my favourite cartoon on the disc. This one was funny and was more of a 'classic' short than any of the previous ones.

    Aquamania: What the....? More Goofy? This is also better than most of the others. Goofy goes waterskiing. The closest thing to 'extreme sports' on the disc.

    Eight cartoons: One with Mickey, one with Donald and six with Goofy. Talk about unbalanced.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The cartoons are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.29:1. I believe this to be essentially their original aspect ratio.

    The video quality is what you would expect from 25-50 year old cartoons - a little bit hit and miss.

    There are quite a few film artefacts present and a lot of grain. This only distracts from the viewing experience a few times, though.

    For the most part the picture quality is quite reasonable considering the original source. Their was some minor aliasing throughout most of the shorts. Colours for the most part seemed to be bright enough (although some of the older shorts were a little washed out) and there was little to no colour bleeding.

    These are hardly the kind of back catalogue show pieces that Disney are going to spend any money on restoring, and overall the quality was reasonable considering their age.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 kbps) soundtrack was very soft for most of the cartoons and I had to turn up the volume higher than usual. I found myself having to fiddle with the remote a bit as each short started to get the volume to a suitable level.

    The sound was really not impressive, but considering the original material this didn't surprise me.

    The front speakers were predominantly used and I noticed no audible surround usage.

    There was no use of the subwoofer.

    Overall, the sound was good enough for this kind of presentation.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    There were two games that young kids will get a few minutes enjoyment out of.

Goofy's Gold Medal Trivia

    A picture-based trivia game.

Disney Sports Locker Game

    Help Goofy get organised in the locker room.

R4 vs R1

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

     The R1 version of Disney Extreme Sports Fun has a slightly different line up of 'classic toons' than we have received here down under.

    The R1 edition has:

    Instead of baseball, American football, basketball and polo, R4 gets soccer, the Olympics, horse-riding and marine sports. Overall, not much of a difference so R4 wins.

Summary

    Overall, a poorly named collection of less than classic Disney titles. Leave this one alone unless you are desperate for a rental for the kids.

    The video quality was grainy with a lot of film artefacts, although not bad considering the source. The audio is pretty ordinary too, and a little on the soft side.

    The extras will keep the kids satisfied for 10 minutes...at the most.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Monday, October 24, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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