Mind Body Spirit-Beat Backache: Stretching and Exercise Routine (2000)

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Released 14-Jan-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Lifestyle Bonus Episode-Stretch & Flex
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 48:55 (Case: 100)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Reel DVD Starring Melinda Klarenaar
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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 No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Beat Backache is a repackage of the popular Aussie Fit title of the same name for the Mind Body Spiritline of health and wellbeing DVDs. The difference between the two is that this edition includes an additional Aussie Fit workout on the disc, Stretch and Flex.

     As the name suggests, the focus of this disc is backache. Sports Physiotherapist Melinda Klarenaar presents a 50 minute (or thereabout) session that comprises about 10 minutes of introduction to the causes of backache and the spinal system, then about 15 minutes of muscle strengthening exercises to improve the muscles that affect the back and then 25 minutes of flexibility exercises. The flexibility exercises offered are particularly good as for each stretch two variations are offered; a floor-based version suitable for home or the gym and a chair-based variant that can easily be done in the office.

    This programme was first assembled in the year 2000, and is every bit as relevant today when it was produced (insert liability avoiding "I am not a doctor" comments here). The programme is well targeted and succinct. It provides a workout that can readily be taken as a whole or in parts and is presented in a friendly, easy to understand manner.

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Transfer Quality


    The programme is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

     The video looks to have been sourced from a tape-based original source (judging from one point where a tape frame-skip is noticeable) and pretty much looks like a fresh VHS copy. The image is reasonably sharp and clear, but edge enhancement and excessive aliasing is present throughout the programme.

      Whilst the video does not look great, it is certainly adequate enough to suit the programme's purpose.

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    A single English Dolby Digital 2.0 track is present.

    The audio is quite spartan but certainly adequate for the needs of the programme. The audio is clear and easy to understand. The dialogue is reasonably clear, although the comments from the presenter's two guinea pigs are occasionally a little hard to hear.

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Stretch & Flex Programme (58:55)

    A second, reasonably closely related Aussie Fit workout is included. This one is split into two parts; one focussed solely on flexibility related stretching, the other an aerobic workout aimed at improving flexibility. Not as engaging as the main programme but it will likely appeal to many purchasers.

R4 vs R1

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

    This programme does not appear to be available in Region 1.


    An accessible stretching and muscle strengthening workout, targeted squarely at improving the muscles in the back. The programme seems as though it would be easy to pick up for people of all shapes and sizes, with variations offered for people in different situations and of varying fitness levels.

    The audio and video are roughly equivalent to the quality of a fresh VHS cassette. A worthwhile additional workout programme, offering a broader flexibility-based workout, is also included.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Monday, March 08, 2010
Review Equipment
DVDSony Playstation 3, using HDMI output
DisplayOptoma HD20 Projector. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderPioneer VSX2016AVS. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX2016AVS
Speakers150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

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