2006 FIFA World Cup-All the Goals (2006)

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Released 16-Aug-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Top Ten Goals, Top Ten Saves
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 120:14 (Case: 130)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (65:11) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
Visual Entertainment Group Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    With the latest Football World Cup having recently been conducted in Germany, Visual Entertainment Group have prepared a few releases to celebrate and remember the World Cup. I have decided to take a look at a couple of them, being this release, All The Goals and a release featuring the final, which I will review soon. If you haven't already guessed, this release contains...wait for it...all the goals of the 2006 World Cup (although to be fair not all the penalty shootout goals are included). The show runs for just over two hours.

    The footage and commentary included is from the SBS coverage of the games and includes everything from the first goal by Philip Lahm through to the goal which decided the final. Unlike many of these highlights packages, this one includes a decent amount of lead up to each goal rather than just being the shot itself, which is greatly appreciated. The goals are organised by game and then by group rather than strictly chronologically which is probably a better choice. A voiceover does a quick intro to each group and then a wrap up of the group follows. The original game commentary is also retained. Penalty shoot-outs are handled by showing critical goals or saves rather than all shots. Personally, I would have preferred to see all shots included, which would have resulted in a more complete record of the tournament. After the goals from the final, the presentation ceremony highlights are included. From my perspective the standout goal was the team goal by Argentina, finished off by Cambiasso in their 6-0 demolition of Serbia & Montenegro, although it didn't make number 1 in the top ten countdown included in the extras.

    This is a great collection of highlights which includes all the great scores from the World Cup in Germany. It's an excellent souvenir of the tournament as a whole. It obviously includes the Australian goals but unfortunately also includes Zelko Kalac's nightmare attempt at a save. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 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. Grain was non existent although there was what appeared to be a little macro-blocking in fast moving crowd scenes, although this was probably from the original telecast rather than the DVD transfer.

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    Artefacts included some mild aliasing on lines and goal posts but was not overly distracting. There was also one jump at 24:39 which was probably a result of the digital signal breaking up as it did constantly for me watching the games live on digital television.

    There are no subtitles.

    The layer change occurs at 65:11 and was not noticeable.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

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

    The music used was not overly noticeable which is a good thing in a sports DVD.

    The surround speakers added some mild atmosphere when played using Dolby ProLogicII.

    The subwoofer was not used.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu included music and the ability to select scenes.

Top Ten Goals (5:00)

    A countdown of someone's opinion of what the top ten goals were. I didn't necessarily agree with the selection but it is still a worthwhile extra. Obviously, this repeats footage from the main programme.

Top Ten Saves (5:06)

    A countdown of someone's opinion of what the top ten saves were. An excellent selection of saves, featuring some lesser known goalkeepers and obviously footage not included in the main programme. Great stuff.

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 coded for all regions and seems to be available in a very similar format in Region 2.

Summary

    An excellent two hour roundup of all the goals from Germany 2006.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    Two worthwhile extras are included.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, September 11, 2006
Review Equipment
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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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