The Story of Rugby World Cup 1995 South Africa (1995)

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Released 8-Jun-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Additional Footage
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 1995
Running Time 181:47 (Case: 210)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Beyond Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Opaque-Dual
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.29:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    1995 was a momentous year for world rugby not only on the field but off it as well. I previously reviewed an excellent documentary which focused on the off field goings-on involving Rupert Murdoch & Kerry Packer both trying to get control of the game. The review of that film Stealing Rugby can be found here. This new two disc set is focused on the on-field action from the World Cup of that year, hosted by South Africa. I would assume this set is being released to coincide with South Africa's hosting of the 2010 Football World Cup and with the recent release of a movie based on this story, Invictus.

    The main program here is made up of two components, both very worthwhile. The first disc contains complete coverage of the final, the momentous and somewhat controversial game between the host nation and the New Zealand squad which had swept all before it in the lead up games. The second disc contains an hour long highlights show of the entire tournament including Australia's rather lacklustre showing in South Africa. All of the material is from 1995 and would seem to be taken from previously released VHS presentations.

    All in all this is an excellent souvenir of a momentous World Cup for Rugby and something which would certainly be of interest to fans of the game.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is pretty average, no better than VHS.

    The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio, non 16x9 enhanced which would be the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was not particularly sharp and clear but watchable. The picture was quite grainy and there were also some MPEG artefacts during motion but nothing which made it unwatchable.

    The colour was quite good but a little dull at times.

    Other artefacts included some aliasing, some microphony especially from helicopter shots and some badly done transition between titles during the final. For some reason the footage of the final is divided up into 5 titles rather than chapters.

    There are no subtitles.

    The layer change is not noticeable during playback.

   
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

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

    Commentary and voiceovers were clear and easy to understand throughout.

    The music pretty much consists of the World In Union song from that World Cup.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

     The extras have even worse video quality than the main program suffering from over compression.

Menu

    The menu features music and is still.

Disc 2

Pre-Match Ceremony (26:38)

    The Ceremony and introduction before the final.

Pre-Match Footage (5:30)

    Random footage from before the final including the crowd and dignitaries.

Springbok Interviews (7:39)

    Post Match locker room interviews with the Springbok coach and players.

Sean Fitzpatick Interview (1:59)

    Post match with a very disappointed New Zealand Captain.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 2 version seems to be exactly the same. Draw

Summary

    A good souvenir of a momentous Rugby World Cup from 1995 updated to DVD.

    The video quality is average.

    The audio quality is good.

    A small collection of worthwhile extras are included.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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