The Ice Dream with Roy and H.G. (2002)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Dave Grohl (Foo Fighter) Interview
Featurette-Steven Bradbury Interview
Featurette-Alisa Camplin Interview
Featurette-Katarina Witt Interview
|Year Of Production||2002|
|Running Time||215:35 (Case: 214)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (105:53)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Roy and H.G. are at it again, this time at the winter Olympics. The Dream was always going to be a very hard act to follow - two Aussie larrikins at exactly the right time and the right place produced a fantastic look at the Sydney Olympics.
The Ice Dream is very good but it is a little hard not to compare the two, and there is no doubt that this is not as good as the first. There are probably a couple of reasons for this, including the fact that Winter Olympic sports do not provide the same grist for the Roy and H.G. humour mill as Summer Olympic sports do. The Ice Dream is also a single disc and substantially shorter than the original.
The Ice Dream seems to contain humour that is a little cruder than the original with several fart jokes and comments about the chaps in the two man luge standing out as examples of this. On the other hand, one running joke that I particularly enjoyed was their pitch for the 2010 Winter Olympics to come to Smiggin Holes.
Yet again we get a tour of various sports with Roy and H.G. commentating in their inimitable style, interspersed with behind the desk commentaries and some great interviews. The interviews were a highlight for me. We get to meet some really nice people. Not only our two gold medallists, who are humble and very funny, but we also get to meet Katerina Witt who not only comes across as a fantastic person but manages to completely steal the show from Roy and H.G.
Overall, this is still a classic Roy and H.G. show with some classic humour, and a smattering of replays from some of the events of the Winter Olympics. It includes the two most important events where we won gold and some great interviews with some great athletes.
Whilst overall the sharpness is not too bad, it could have been better. Shadow detail is good and there is no low level noise.
The colours are well saturated but again lack sharpness and detail. There is no chroma noise.
There are quite a few artefacts indicating overcompression. There are examples of posterization of skin tones such as in the close-up at 10:53. Scene changes also exhibit the classic loss of resolution and bleed through of the next frame. A very clear example of this can be seen at 10:54. There is also a distressing amount of edge enhancement. All objects have a halo around them. The figure skaters at 10:50, in particular the male skater's pants, show this clearly. Obviously shot on video, there are no film artefacts.
There are no subtitles included on this disc.
This is a dual layered disc with the layer change at 105:53, just as the bob sled team is starting their push and shove. Fairly obvious but there is no storyline to interrupt.
The dialogue quality is excellent throughout and there are no problems with audio sync.
There is not much music on this disc other than the theme music and music that accompanies events like the figure skating.
The surrounds and the subwoofer were not active at all.
|Surround Channel Use|
A static background picture with animated snow falling, accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack with the surround bit set. You can select Play, the Full Interviews or Chapters. There appears to be a small authoring error with the chapter selection menu. If you step through to the last page of chapters and then decide to return to the main menu using the 'main menu' entry at the bottom, strange things happen. My Skyworth says that it is an invalid selection and my Panasonic crashes out to 'stop' mode.
Presented at 1.33:1, not 16x9 enhanced and accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, this runs for 10:01. Dave Grohl is a member of the Foo Fighters. This is the first of four great interviews.
Presented at 1.33:1, not 16x9 enhanced and accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, this runs for 10:15. Both our gold medal winners come across as very down-to-earth people with great senses of humour. For those who were living in a cave during the Winter Olympics, Stephen won our first ever gold medal at a Winter Olympics in short track speed skating.
Presented at 1.33:1, not 16x9 enhanced and accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, this runs for 11:24. Less than 36 hours later, the nation that had never before won a Winter Olympics gold was suddenly on the winner's podium again. Alisa Camplin had won the freestyle aerials event. This interview with a very nice young woman makes you proud to be an Aussie.
Presented at 1.33:1, not 16x9 enhanced and accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, this runs for 10:22. This young woman completely steals the show. Roy and H.G. are just left in the dust with her humour and wit (sorry). One of my favourite sections of the whole disc.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Reading back over this review, I see that I have mentioned how much I enjoyed the interviews and how nice the athletes interviewed were. Compared with some of the 'professional' sports people you see interviewed and their actions, it is a joy to see athletes that you would be very proud for your children to have as role models. If, like me, you probably missed most of the Winter Olympics then this is a great evening's entertainment and a great record of our most successful Winter Olympics ever.
The video was a bit of a disappointment.
The audio is very good.
The interviews are great.
|DVD||Skyworth 1050p progressive scan, using RGB output|
|Display||Sony 1252Q CRT Projector, 254cm custom built 1.0 gain screen. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.|
|Speakers||B&W DM305 (mains); CC3 (centre); S100 (surrounds); custom Adire Audio Tempest with Redgum plate amp (subwoofer)|