2006 Hyundai A-League Grand Final, The-Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners (2006)

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Released 16-Mar-2006

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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 2006
Running Time 143:41 (Case: 145)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Football Federation
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.75:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The 2005/2006 season was an important one in the history of soccer in Australia. During the period our national team qualified for its first World Cup since the 1970s and a complete revamp of the national club competition resulted in a huge upswing in interest in soccer throughout the country. The revamp of the club competition broke down old barriers involving various groups within the Australian community and formed completely new clubs. Those new clubs were spread across Australia and New Zealand and either combined or replaced previous clubs. The league became known as the Hyundai A-League and involves eight clubs; Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, New Zealand Knights, Newcastle United Jets, Perth Glory, Queensland Roar & Sydney FC.

    It was always expected that Sydney FC would be a leading club in the competition and they were the only club to sign a major name player from Europe, former English Premier League star Dwight Yorke. What was not expected was that they would play the Grand Final against one of the minnows of the competition, the Central Coast Mariners.

    On the 5th of March at Aussie Stadium in Sydney the two teams met in the inaugural Grand Final of the A-League in front of 43,000 fans (a club match record in Australia) and it is this clash which is captured on this DVD. The DVD seems to contain the complete coverage as shown on Fox Sports, obviously without the advertisements. The commentary is provided by Robbie Slater and Mike Cockerill. It includes pre-game information, both halves of the match and the post-match celebrations, presentations and interviews in four chapters.

    The game itself is interesting especially because I had not seen it before, with the Central Coast side being in control of the game for the first half but not taking their chances. In the second half Sydney FC are more dominant.

    I found it a little disappointing that this disc contained nothing except the TV coverage. An overview of the season, even a league table would have been nice additions.

    Regardless, this is a worthwhile souvenir of the season, especially for Sydney FC fans.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. The bitrate was high throughout. There was no noticeable grain.

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    The only noticeable artefact was some very minor aliasing on the goalposts.

    There are no subtitles.

    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 256 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    There was lots of atmospheric crowd noise.

    The surround speakers added some atmosphere when played with Dolby Pro Logic II.

    The subwoofer was not used.

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu included an intro, action, music, and the ability to select scenes.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is only available in Region 4.

Summary

    A DVD transferred copy of the television presentation of the inaugural A-League Grand Final. If you recorded it to your DVD recorder at the time you've got everything on this disc.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, April 22, 2006
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
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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