NBA Street Series-Dunks!-Volume 2 (2005)
|Category||Sports||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||None Given|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.70:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Varies||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Street Series Dunks? None of the dozens of dunks shown in this 60 odd minute presentation take place outside of an NBA stadium. That said, this is a pretty sweet, if somewhat generic line-up of NBA dunks.
The show is hosted by the 'world-famous' DJ Clue. I'm sorry, but I don't have a clue who he is. He does his best to give the show some 'street' credibility as he hosts the show from the 'hood'. That's the closest thing to Street in the show - the rest is all stadium.
The show is divided up in a lot of chapters...you could say dunks, dunks and more dunks;
- Intro: shows a lot of dunks from some up and coming players
- Rookies: Le Bron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade are interviewed while some very impressive footage is shown
- More seasoned players: Richard Jefferson, Steve Francis and crew
- Slam Dunk comps: Highlight reel from the last 10 years of the All-Star Weekend Dunk Competition - some winners become NBA stars and some fizz out after a season or two in the league. Great viewing.
- Shaq, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett all get their own highlight reels
- International players: Brief reel showing the impact some overseas players have made in the NBA.
- Blocks: This was as good (if not better) than any dunk reel. Some fantastic defensive plays!
- Final highlight reel
I enjoyed watching this DVD, but even as an NBA fan I found there to be limited replay value.
A great rental, but only a purchase for serious NBA fans.
Like many sports shows, the video quality ranges from good to bad. Given that most of the show is taken from live NTSC game footage, there is a lot of washed out colours while other footage has over-saturated colours with some cross colouration and colour bleed.
There is a fair bit of aliasing, but given the original footage you tend to forgive it. Edge enhancement tends to be an issue too.
The interviews and cut scene footage doesn't suffer from these issues and tends to look much better than the game reels.
Overall, for a sports show the video quality is pretty good.
The English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kb/s) does a pretty good job overall.
There was a considerable amount of background hip-hop music which came through sounding great and added a lot to the atmosphere of the show. The interview audio came through softly in the centre speaker and game footage (players, crowd noise and commentators) came through loud and clear, adding a lot to the feature.
I did find that I needed to put the volume up a bit higher than usual. Upon re-watching certain sections, I realized the interview audio was considerably softer in volume than the music and game tracks.
There is no sub-woofer or surround activity, but it was not expected.
|Surround Channel Use|
No special features = me very disappointed.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
There are no real differences between this and the R1 version.
The video is good for this kind of presentation.
The audio is good, except for the interview track being a little soft.
There are no special features. Disappointing.
Overall, good for NBA fans, but not much long-term value for the casual fan.
|DVD||Marantz DV4300, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Speakers||DB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub|