Tony Hawk's Trick Tips-Volume 1: Skateboarding Basics (2000) (NTSC)
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Morgan Stone|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, Outtakes and Behind the scenes shots|
Tony Hawk's Trick Tips Volume 1 is an instructional DVD demonstrating various introductory skateboarding skills.
Tony Hawk is one of the world's most recognized and accomplished skateboarders, still heavily involved with the sport today. During this feature, Tony Hawk explains and demonstrates various introductory skateboarding techniques. Helping to demonstrate these techniques are fellow pro skaters Kris Markovich and Brian Sumner. These demonstrations by the different skaters are useful for all viewers as Tony is goofy footed and the other skaters are regular footed.
The disc begins with tips for selecting a skateboard and then moves onto basic techniques for pushing and turning. After explaining the basic dos and don'ts, the feature goes on to cover basic techniques for street skating, ramps, rails and ledges.
This disc adequately demonstrates the basic techniques of skateboarding and would be valuable viewing for any beginning skateboarder or person wanting to learn the basics of more advanced skateboarding. In addition to demonstrations of the correct techniques, examples are also provided of common mistakes, so they can be easily recognized and corrected. If you are looking for a basic introduction to skateboarding this disc would be worth taking a look at.
The cover for this DVD proudly states that this material was shot on both 16mm and 35mm film. While this is true, it does give a false impression that the material presented will be of relatively high quality. Unfortunately, the transfer for this film displays many significant artefacts and can only be described as functional at best.
The full frame NTSC transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. No mention of the NTSC formatting is made on the disc packaging.
The transfer is consistently soft throughout but this never poses significant problems for the viewer. There are no problems with shadow detail during this brightly lit transfer. Some low level noise may be detected during the transfer with the most obvious examples visible at 0:53 and 1:30. This low level noise is only slightly disruptive.
The colours displayed during the transfer always appear to be slightly muted and often exhibits a slight orange tint. This problem with colour is only minimally distracting.
The transfer displays numerous MPEG artefacts throughout its entirety. Some clear examples of macro-blocking may be seen at 1:28, 1:34, 1:42, 2:05, 2:54 and 3:17. These artefacts are moderately distracting to the viewer.
A number of aliasing artefacts may be seen during the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 0:51, 3:01, 5:34 and 7:04. These artefacts are moderately distracting.
A number of film artefacts may be seen during the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 1:13, 2:25, 2:40, 2:49, 2:52 and 7:34. All of these artefacts are quite minor.
Some obvious damage to the source material may be seen at 16:23 where a band of orange discoloration is visible on the left side of the image. This damage only occurs for a single scene.
A number of analogue tape errors may be seen during the transfer. Some examples of these may be seen at 3:29, 3:41, 34:17, 34:24, 34:34 and 40:01. All these artefacts are quite minor and are only slightly distracting to the viewer.
No subtitles are provided for this transfer.
The dialogue during the transfer is occasionally slightly muffled but is always easy to understand.
No dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected at any time during the transfer.
A small amount of music is provided during the transfer. These musical selections work well with the action on screen and never draw attention to themselves.
The surround and subwoofer channels are not utilized during the transfer.
|Surround Channel Use|
No extras are provided on this disc.
The non-animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Both versions of this film are identical and I therefore would have no preference for either version.
Tony Hawk's Trick Tips Volume 1 is an interesting disc that should prove to be useful for anyone wishing to begin skateboarding.
The video transfer is disappointing and displays numerous artefacts but is functional for the material presented.
The basic audio transfer is adequate for the instructional nature of the material presented.
Disappointingly, no extras are included on this disc.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output|
|Display||Sony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Front left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)|
|Speakers||Front left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259|