Mind Body Spirit-Tai Chi: An Introduction (2000)

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Released 19-Nov-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Lifestyle Biographies-Cast
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 47:16 (Case: 50)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By David Morgan
Studio
Distributor
IMC Vision
Reel DVD
Starring Lucy Lloyd Barker
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $14.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None 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

    Mind Body Spirit-An Introduction to Tai Chi is another title in a new range of 26 health, exercise and wellbeing DVDs being released through Reel DVD. This particular show was made in 2000 and seems to be a UK production. Our host is Lucy Lloyd Barker, a very fit and healthy looking middle aged English woman. She presents the Tai Chi moves standing on a mat on a rocky beach somewhere.

    The program is made up of a number of sections which do a good job of introducing the basics of Tai Chi to the novice. I knew very little about Tai Chi when I watched this disc and felt it explained the moves clearly allowing me to understand what I was doing quite easily. There is an introduction, followed by basic stances, warm-up routines and the 18 standard positions or moves of Tai Chi. Tacked on the end is about 9 minutes about meditation and footage of Lucy wandering beaches and things. Since it is at the end if you are not overly interested in this you can just skip it.

    I found this DVD easy to follow and it allowed me to get straight into Tai Chi without lots of theory.

    If you are interested in getting started on Tai Chi without needing to attend classes or want to find out if it is for you, this disc is worth a look.

   

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good.

    The feature is presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout. There was quite a bit of background grain throughout.

    The colour was fine.

    There are no subtitles.

    There is no layer change.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

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

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.

    The music is suitably new age. 

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    

Menu

    The menu is still and silent, allowing for scene selection.

Cast Bio - Lucy Lloyd Barker

    Text Bio of the presenter.

R4 vs R1

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

    This is a Region 4 release and there does not seem to be other releases of this same material.

Summary

    A good introduction to the basics of Tai Chi.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    Not much in the extras department.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, March 13, 2010
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DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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