100 Golden Moments of the F.A. Premier League (2006)
|Category||Sports||Main Menu Animation|
|Year Of Production||2006|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Various|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Varies||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
100 memorable moments in 100 minutes. What better sporting competition to offer such a vast number of memorable or "golden" moments, fired off at the rapid-fire rate of one a minute for more than an hour and a half, than England's FA Premier League, arguably the best domestic football competition in the world?
Since its inception in 1992, the Premier League has provided football fans around the world with a feast of magic moments and highlights that seem to always make it onto the sports news each night. Great goals, mind-boggling saves, graceful and skilled artistry from the best players in the world, plus more than a little theatre - it's all there and this disc captures some of that magic.
With highlights taken from the first ever game in 1992, right through to Chelsea's championship winning season in 2004/05 the Premier League boasts a lot of football games from which to draw magic moments from. Starting with Brian Deane, who scored the first ever premier league goal in a game for Sheffield United against Manchester United in 1992, through to the debuts of superstars such as Alan Shearer (he bagged two goals on debut, but it's a game a couple of years later while playing for Newcastle when he slots home five that is one of my favourite moments), Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney to special goal scoring feats from David Beckham. Foreign wizards such as Eric Cantona, Denis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry rate plenty of highlights, plus there are more than a few of the more bizarre moments - such as the fastest ever Premier League goal, mishaps involving referees and the reaction of fans when their club is relegated to the lower Premiership division.
The highlights are broken up across the various seasons starting with 1992/93 and moving progressively through to 2004/05.
A good set of highlights for Premier League fans or someone wanting to familiarise themselves with some of the best moments of the greatest football competition in the world.
Comprising highlights of televised football matches, the transfer is obviously of television broadcast quality, all in colour, with the source material dating from the 1992/1993 season. Much like the footage I have seen on many of the cricket highlights discs I have reviewed it is really quite remarkable how the quality of television broadcasts has improved over the last 14 years. The early-mid 90s source material is of significantly lower resolution and clarity than the modern digital sourced material circa 2003/2004 and beyond. We really do get spoilt these days with superb quality images full of detail and colour.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, this transfer also benefits from being 16x9 enhanced. Obviously the older source material has been cropped top and bottom to fit into this frame, but nothing appears out of the ordinary.
Grain is present, especially on the earlier stuff, but it is not annoying and there are no issues with shadow detail at all.
The colours are well rendered and there are no problems to contend with..
No compression artefacts are evident and few artefacts of any other sort exist.
There are no subtitles.
This is a single layered disc, so there is no layer change.
Seeing as the disc is comprised almost exclusively of television highlights, we get television quality audio. A minority of the older material is a little distorted, lacking in fidelity and a bit harsh on the ear, but overall the quality is pretty good. It is at all times clear enough to understand what is going on.
There is only one audio track available, this being an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at a bit rate of 192 Kb/s.
Dialogue is clear and concise at all times.
There is no surround or subwoofer use.
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NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc has not been released in Region 1. While similar discs about special moments from the Premier League are available in UK Region 2, this exact disc does not appear to be available.
100 Golden Moments Of The Premier League is a great highlights package of some of the more memorable moments from the best domestic football competition in the world - the F.A. English Premier League. For someone wanting to own footage of all those classic moments - the first ever goal in the competition, Alan Shearer or Michael Owen's debut match, a couple of pieces of magic from David Beckham or snippets from one of the many trophies won by Manchester United, then this is the disc for you.
The video and audio quality are as good as can be expected from source material that is as old as 14 years in some cases.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Denon DVD-3910, using RGB output|
|Display||Loewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Speakers||Front - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10|