Yoga-Conditioning for Weight Loss (Gaiam) (2000)

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Released 1-Mar-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Yoga Main Menu Audio
Active Subtitle Track-Personal Instructor
Featurette-Help
DVD Credits
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 180
RSDL / Flipper RSDL Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Bryan Shepard
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Suzanne Deason
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Benjamin Davis


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame 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 Active Subtitle Track Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This is an instructional DVD, designed to help balance the mind and body, which in turn will help lead to weight loss.

    Hosted and choreographed by Suzanne Deason, the DVD's content stresses the therapeutic nature of yoga, and why it can assist with weight loss. Yoga seems to focus on achieving a balanced lifestyle, and the personal discipline that yoga followers develop helps them to break bad habits. The program is divided into three main sections: Body, Breath and Awareness (11:14) - warm-up stretching; Active Yoga Conditioning (21:22) -- more demanding stretches and poses; and Balance and Relaxation (15:00) -- cool-down stretching. The DVD features four instructors doing the same routine, except each varies it slightly due to their own limitations in strength and flexibility. Using the angle button on the remote, the viewer can select the appropriate instructor to watch and follow.

    . This DVD has fairly good production values. The content was shot in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, and many great locations are utilised. This is part of a series of yoga DVDs, more information on which can be found at www.gaiam.com.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer has some minor flaws, but it is more than adequate for an instructional DVD.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.

    The sharpness and shadow detail of the image are reasonable, but not great.

    The overall colour is fine and the flesh tones are accurate.

    MPEG artefacts were not really a problem, but the image was slightly pixelated throughout. Also, any close-ups revealed mild posterization.

    Film-to-video artefacts and film artefacts were never a problem, but there is slight edge enhancement throughout.

    There are no subtitles on this DVD.

    This is an RSDL-formatted disc, but I did not spot the layer change.

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Audio

    There is only one audio option on this DVD, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 track.

    The vast majority of the content is narrated, and the dialogue quality is good. There are no audio sync problems.

    The music is credited to Benjamin Davis, and it is very relaxing music, specifically designed not to draw attention to itself.

    As a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track, there is no surround presence and activity and no subwoofer action.

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Extras

    There are only a few extras.

Menu

   A simple menu, it is static with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

Personal Instructor

    These are additional instructions which can be accessed during the workout by clicking on the 'enter' button when an icon appears.

Help (1:19)

    This explains the use of the remote, to get the most out of the DVD.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title was released in Region 1 in June 2000. It appears to be the same as the local release.

Summary

    This DVD, combined with an ongoing commitment to diet and exercise might assist with weight loss.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is also good.

    The extras are slim but acceptable.

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Sunday, June 16, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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