The Story of Rugby World Cup 1995 South Africa (1995)
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||1995|
|Running Time||181:47 (Case: 210)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
Beyond Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu features music and is still.
The Ceremony and introduction before the final.
Random footage from before the final including the crowd and dignitaries.
Post Match locker room interviews with the Springbok coach and players.
Post match with a very disappointed New Zealand Captain.
The Region 2 version seems to be exactly the same. Draw
The video quality is average.
The audio quality is good.
A small collection of worthwhile extras are included.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG 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 Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|