Life at One (2006)

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Released 7-Sep-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Menu Animation
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 108:08 (Case: 110)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Colin Friels
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 English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Welcome to the 500th review I have written for www.michaeldvd.com.au. I must say I have greatly enjoyed my time here as a reviewer and look forward to doing another 500. Anyway, enough self-congratulation - on to the matter at hand...

    As the father of two small boys the debate about how children are affected by their surroundings, family, upbringing and the stresses of life has certainly been of interest to me. I was therefore fascinated to watch this first instalment of a long term series following a seven year study of 10,000 Australian children to try and understand whether nature or nurture has more effect on children. The study will follow the lives of all 10,000 children over their first seven years, however this television series has chosen eleven children from the study to focus on. They have tried to get a good cross section of children from a variety of backgrounds. This first instalment consists of two episodes which really just set the scene for each of the 11 children. I will be fascinated to check in with these kids over the next 7 years.

    The chosen children (who are all in their first year) are

    A minor issue I noticed with the DVD is that if you choose to play the episodes individually they start at the beginning of the second chapter rather than the first, so I would recommend the play all option on the menu.

    The series combines interviews with the parents, eminent scientists and a variety of personality and stress tests to try to track the children's progress. Fascinating and certainly worth seeing for parents.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good.

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

    The picture was quite sharp, however there was some light grain and a little macro-blocking to be seen (e.g. 24:05 in ep 2). There was no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was very good with no issues to report.

    The only noticeable artefact was very minor aliasing.

    There are subtitles in English. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is 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.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu was still and silent but functional but please note the menu issue mentioned above in the main review.

R4 vs R1

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     This disc is not available in other regions, however the disc is coded for all regions .

Summary

    A fascinating series which parents will be keen to follow over the next seven years.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, November 24, 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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