Yoga Journal's Yoga-For Energy & Strength (Gaiam) (2000)

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Released 8-Feb-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Yoga Main Menu Audio
Interviews-Cast-Rodney Yee
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 128:29 (Case: 130)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Steve Adams
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Rodney Yee
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $24.95 Music Peter Davison


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 None 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 provide guidance for increasing one's strength and energy through the practice of yoga.

    The program is hosted and choreographed by the very flexible, strong and well-balanced Rodney Yee. The DVD's content is divided into two sections: Yoga for Strength (70:59); and Yoga for Energy (57:30). While the first section is shot inside a studio, the second is shot on a beach in Maui, and makes the most of the beautiful location. The yoga poses in the program vary from very easy to some that are incredibly hard, and others that were simply impossible for me. Considering that I do a number of push-ups and sit-ups every morning, I had considered myself to be reasonably strong. However, some of the poses that Yee does reveals me for the weakling that I am.

    . This DVD has pretty good production values, and it is part of a series of yoga DVDs. More information 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 image appeared a little soft throughout. The shadow detail of the image is reasonable.

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

    MPEG artefacts were not really a problem, although the image was slightly pixelated throughout.

    Film-to-video artefacts and film artefacts were never a problem, but the closing credits in the Yoga for Strength section exhibited dot crawl.

    There are no subtitles on this DVD.

    This is not an RSDL disc. Considering the length of the content, this is acceptable.

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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. However, there are audio sync problems whenever Yee speaks direct-to-camera.

    The music is credited to Peter Davison, 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 - static with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

Interview with Rodney Yee (11:12)

    Suffering from more audio sync problems, Yee provides an insight into his life, and how yoga has enriched it.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title has not been released in Region 1, but they have a similar DVD entitled Power Yoga the Complete Workout - Stamina, Strength, Flexibility with Rodney Yee.

Summary

    As an instructional DVD, this program seems very effective, as I'm sure if one were to follow it daily, strength and energy would be developed.

    The video quality is good.

    Apart from the audio sync problems, the audio quality is good.

    The extras are slim but acceptable.

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Monday, June 17, 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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