Mind Body Spirit-Swedish Massage (2010)

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Released 4-Jan-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Lifestyle None
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 50:20
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
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Distributor
Reel DVD Starring Lynne Sawyer
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

     Swedish Massage is part of REL Entertainment's Mind Body Spirit range of lifestyle programmes. This particular programme appears to have been sourced from the UK and features masseuse Lynne Sawyer outlining the basic techniques of "Swedish" (i.e. run of the mill full-body) massage.

     After a thoroughly unnecessary introduction sequence (if I've bought an instructional massage DVD, I hardly need a good 5-10 minutes of convincing that I might like a massage), and similarly unwarranted outro bookend, the programme itself is pretty decent but overly drawn out. It covers the expected various ways of rubbing people; what works in certain areas of the body and what effect you hope to achieve with each technique. It also covers a few things that I was not expecting., such as what constitutes a good massage oil. The instructor is pleasant but her narration is somewhat awkward and poorly overdubbed at times. Similarly, photography is a mixed bag - mostly fairly static photography but it occasionally moves to some unpleasantly shaky handheld photography.

     Swedish Massage delivers what can be reasonably expected of a programme with its title, though with very modest production values.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The programme is presented in a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio which looks to be the correct aspect for the programme.

     The show looks to have been recorded on betacam and pretty much looks like a good quality home movie. The focus is slightly soft, but good enough, and the image is reasonably clear. There are no obvious video compression artefacts or aliasing.

     There are no subtitles.

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Audio

     The show features a single English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps) soundtrack.

     The audio is good enough to get the message across, but pretty awfully mixed. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand, although the narration overdubs are clumsily inserted and quite variable in volume.

     The occasional background piano/organ music is pleasant but like the rest of the audio it sits at a clumsy level in the background.

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Extras

    None.

R4 vs R1

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

    Though it is undoubtedly available in other regions, I have not been able to find exact details of the programme's release in other regions.

Summary

    Swedish Massage delivers what can be reasonably expected of a programme with its title, though with very modest production values.

    The video and audio are of reasonable quality, although the programme's production values are mediocre. No extras.

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Thursday, March 11, 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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