Olympic Series, The-Golden Moments 1920-2002 (2002)
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||None Given|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
I was very keen to take a look at this newly released three disc set covering the Olympics from its inception up until Salt Lake City in 2002. Unfortunately, I came away a little disappointed as this is really a little cobbled together. A 1998 series made for television (which did not include Atlanta) has had new credits grafted onto it (which include images of Cathy Freeman in Sydney) and then two newer programs have been added, being highlights of Sydney 2000 and Salt Lake City. What you end up with then is a Olympics set which doesn't include Atlanta or Athens and a lot of which was made some time ago. Having said that, the material which is included is certainly of good quality and includes many famous moments and personalities.
The television series is made up of 13 episodes (not including Sydney & Salt Lake), each of just under half an hour. They cover various topics, however the episodes are really virtually interchangeable, consisting of 10 - 12 segments each of 2 or 3 minutes focusing on one athlete or event at a particular Olympics. Within an episode, the topics jump around in terms of either winter or summer games (although three episodes are winter exclusively), which specific Olympic Games is featured and which sports. So in one episode you will get skiing from a few years ago, running from early in the century and dressage. I personally would have preferred a more chronological approach, showing highlights of each games. In addition to lots of historical footage of the actual events, there are late 1990s interviews with many of the featured athletes. The narration is by Robert Powell except for the last three episodes of the original series which are narrated by Tom Baker (Doctor Who). Powell is very serious and newsreader-like in style.
In detail, the episodes are:
The video quality is good but nothing special. It is obvious that no great restoration effort has occurred.
The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is most likely the original aspect ratio for most if not all of this footage.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Obviously the clarity and sharpness varied greatly dependent upon the age of the footage but overall it was fine. Some sections were quite grainy.
The colour was dull and included quite a bit of colour bleeding which again would be a reflection of the footage's age.
Artefacts included some minor aliasing during the credits and on lane lines, flecks and splodges on older footage, lines and some quite obvious edge enhancement.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. They were clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is decent, getting the job done without standing out in any way, positive or negative.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The music was quite old fashioned and sometimes annoying.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was very simple allowing for choice of episodes and subtitles.
This set is available in Region 1 with the same episodes but some minor differences. The Region 4 version misses out on;
The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
On this basis I would go for the local product.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is decent.
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)|