Tour Down Under 2010 (2010)

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Released 9-Jun-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Additional Footage
Interviews-Cast
Featurette-Many
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 431:15 (Case: 498)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
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 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The Tour De France is the world's premier bicycle race and has been the subject of hours of television and lots of DVD releases, many of which have been covered by this site. A relative newcomer (and now officially part of the World Tour) is the Tour Down Under held annually in South Australia. It was first run in 1999 and the 2010 tour was covered on SBS in January this year. Now, for the first time to my knowledge, the race has resulted in a DVD set similar to those produced for the Tour De France.

    The 2010 Tour Down Under covered nearly 800 kilometres over 6 stages which is obviously significantly less than Le Tour but still a pretty serious bike ride. The race this year was competed in by 18 world class teams featuring many of the world's most famous riders such as Cadel Evans, Robbie McEwen, Lance Armstrong, Jens Voight, George Hincapie, Oscar Pereiro and Andre Greipel ((SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) the eventual winner this year). This three disc set is a comprehensive review of the race, issued by Beyond Home Entertainment.

    The first disc contains the highlights of each stage plus the precursor race, the Down Under Classic, hosted by the usual team of Mike Tomalaris, Paul Sherwen & Phil Liggett. These were the shows televised on SBS. Interview material with the riders is also included.

    The second disc contains the first 3 hours of Stage 5, which is included in full across Discs 2 & 3. The third disc contains the last hour of Stage 5 plus the bonus features. It is great to include a full stage as sometimes it is hard to really understand how a stage unfolds when you only see the highlights.

    An excellent summation of Australia's world class bicycle race.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced which would be the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was quite sharp and clear with only some minor graininess and MPEG artefacts to spoil the clarity.

    The colour was very good with no issues to report.

    The only other artefacts are from the original source, being picture break-ups from helicopters etc.

    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 surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

     A huge selection of mostly short extras.

Menu

    The menu is still and silent. The episode select menu is entitled Highlights.

Disc 3

Featurettes

George Hincapie (1:27)

    Interview.

Brad McGee (2:13)

    Interview.

Martin Elminger (1:35)

    Interview.

Johan Bruynell (0:55)

    Interview.

Allan Davis (0:54)

    Interview.

Jens Voigt (4:59)

    Day in the life featurette.

Andre Griepel (0:59)

    Interview.

Toby Watson (1:30)

    Interview.

Mutual Community Challenge Tour (2:16)

    Featurette on the associated amateur race.

SA Police at Santos Tour Down Under (1:25)

    The police role in the race.

Adelaide City Council Tour Village (1:23)

    Featurette on the tour village and visitors to it.

Rohan Dennis Family (1:30)

    Interview with the family of a young rider present to witness his professional debut.

Tour at the Hilton (1:08)

    Adelaide Hilton featurette.

Mutual Community Mini Tour for Kids (1:58)

    Featurette on the associated kids race.

Skoda Tour Parade (1:23)

    Featurette on sponsor.

Interviews

Lance Armstrong (25:04)

    Proper interview hosted by Phil Sherwen covering Lance's comeback and his interest in the race.

Cadel Evans (14:12)

    Interesting interview with Mike Tomalaris.

R4 vs R1

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

    This set is Region free and only available locally.

Summary

    A good souvenir of the 2010 edition of Australia's world class bicycle race.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    A large selection of mostly small extras are included.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, June 18, 2010
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