Six of the Best-New Zealand V Australia (2006)

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Released 4-Jul-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 87:34
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given

EMI Music
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $19.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (160Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    When I put my name down to review this disc, I knew it was entitled Six of the Best - New Zealand Vs Australia and that it was a Rugby DVD. Although the order of the two countries in the title should have been a giveaway it was not until I received the disc that I noticed the legend, Official All Blacks DVD across the top of the front cover. Feeling vaguely uneasy, I began to read the back cover and soon realised to my horror that Six of the Best did not mean six of the best games or six of the best contests but rather six of the best floggings of the Wallabies by the All Blacks in the history of the Tri-Nations. To be fair, Region 4 includes both Australia and New Zealand so I suppose I should have realised that DVD releases specifically aimed at the New Zealand rugby public were a distinct possibility.

    Anyway, this show includes highlights of six games from the last ten years, all of which were chosen due to the fact that the All Blacks won. About 15 minutes of highlights are included for each game. Four games include New Zealand commentators (what is a 'chup kick' anyway?) and the other two are Gordon Bray and the Channel 7 team. The team line-ups for each game are included as are some post match interviews. The games are:

  1. Wellington July 1996
  2. Brisbane July 1996 - A very close contest
  3. Melbourne July 1997
  4. Sydney July 2000 - Admittedly, this was a great test match
  5. Sydney July 2003
  6. Auckland Sep 2005

    I am sure All Blacks supporters will love this disc but I found it just a little nauseating. Wallaby supporters with strong constitutions who feel like a little self-flagellation may also be interested.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is average.

    The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio, non 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture was generally a bit on the soft side showing its video origin, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some light grain throughout.

    The colour was decent but a bit dull and lifeless.

    Artefacts included some minor tape tracking errors, bits and pieces of aliasing and some mild shimmering especially on camera pans.

    There are no subtitles.


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Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at a slightly odd 160 Kb/s.

    Commentary was clear and easy to understand.

    The surround speakers added some crowd noise when played using Dolby ProLogic II.

    The subwoofer was not used.

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Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Nothing, Nada, Zilch.


    The menu included music, motion and the ability to select different All Black victories.

R4 vs R1

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

    This DVD is only available in Region 4.


    One for the All Black fans.

    The video quality is average.

    The audio quality is good.

    No Extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Sunday, July 30, 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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