Opinion: To Each His Own (2001) (NTSC)

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Released 12-Mar-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Sports Main Menu Introduction
Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Featurette-Highlights
Featurette-Globe Ams
Featurette-Opinion Tour
Featurette-World Premiere
TV Spots-4
Trailer-Tictac 2 Heelflip
Biographies-Cast
Web Links
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 43:04
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Matt Hill
Studio
Distributor

Stomp Visual
Starring Rodney Mullen
Chet Thomas
Gershon Mosley
Danny Gonzalez
Matt Mumford
Chad Fernandez
Jayme Fortune
Ben Pappas
Renton Millar
Mike Peterson
Ryan Kenreich
Case Soft Brackley-Opaque
RPI $29.95 Music Howard Paar


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes, Mildly
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, During Credits

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Plot Synopsis

    Opinion: To Each His Own is a skateboard film that showcases various professional skaters who are sponsored by Globe Shoes. This title came out at the beginning of the year and made a big impact on the usually crowded skateboard film scene, being hailed as one of the best videos of the year. With such a diverse range of skaters, ranging from technical wizard Rodney Mullen, to the raw power of Ben Pappas vert runs, there is bound to be something to please everyone.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is NTSC but don't let this put you off. This DVD was released worldwide so it is highly unlikely that there will ever be a PAL version of Opinion: To Each His Own. But that does not mean the feature is bad looking. In fact, after watching skateboarding VHS for years (including this title), I can say  that this is the smoothest video I have ever seen, hands-down. This is due to the fact that the skateboard VHS that have been available locally have been put through NTSC to PAL conversions that made the video quality rather soft and sluggish. Watching the Opinion: To Each His Own DVD in its native NTSC format is far superior than its VHS PAL counterpart.

    The transfer is presented full frame and is intended this way (it was shot using MiniDV cameras).

    Even though the transfer is NTSC, it is very sharp and clear. Most skateboard videos are made these days with 3 chip MiniDV cameras and this is an exceptional example. A very clean transfer.

    There were no problems with the colours except maybe being a tad washed out.

    Being that most skateboard films are shot using MiniDV cameras, MPEG artefacts are usually seen in abundance, but this is not the case with Opinion: To Each His Own. The DVD also escapes from having any noticeable film to video artefacts, but there is a far amount of aliasing throughout the film, giving a digital-looking picture. This is because of the use of digital cameras, and the NTSC formatting, and is not a flaw in the DVD.

    There are no subtitles.

    This is a single sided, single layer disc so there is no layer change.

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Audio

    The audio transfer is nicely done, and would rate as one of the best skateboard films, musically, that I have seen in a long time.

    There is one audio track on this DVD: an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.

    The was not much dialogue in the film, but what there was, is clear and easy to understand. Audio sync seemed to be spot on all the way through the transfer.

    The music consists of various songs chosen by each skater to have accompany their segments. Instead of getting a soundtrack that consists of similar sounding music, Opinion: To Each His Own has a mixed bag of music styles which is refreshing to hear. It makes each skaters part stand out more, while keeping the flow with the action on screen. One of the most diverse soundtracks I've heard for a skateboard film in a long time.

    The surround channels were not used at all.

    The subwoofer was used mainly to back up the various music tracks.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    A good selection of extras are available on this disc.

Main Menu Introduction

    The disc opens up with an introduction clip playing with audio, giving a taste of the main feature, and leads to the main menu.

Menu Audio

    Music plays in the background of a static menu.

Theatrical Trailer

    Trailer for Opinion: To Each his Own. Presented Full Frame and Dolby Digital 2.0 

Featurette - Highlights

    Highlights from the main feature. Presented Full Frame and Dolby Digital 2.0

Featurette - Globe Ams

    A feature showcasing the talents of Globe Shoes amateur skate team. Presented Full Frame and Dolby Digital 2.0. Rip it up lads! 

Featurette - Opinion Tour

    Feature of the promotional skateboarding tour for Opinion: To Each His Own. Presented Full Frame and Dolby Digital 2.0  

Featurette - World Premiere

    The world premiere of Opinion: To Each His Own. Full Frame and Dolby Digital 2.0

TV Spots - 4

    Here we have four different commercials used for the promotion of Opinion: To Each His Own. Incidentally, 'Commercial 1' is the same content used for the Main Menu Introduction. All are presented Full Frame and in Dolby Digital 2.0

Trailer - Tic Tac 2 Heelflip

    Trailer for the film Tic Tac 2 Heelflip: Australia's Skateboarding History. Presented Full Frame and in Dolby Digital 2.0

Biographies - Cast

    Still biographies with audio of all the skaters featured in Opinion: To Each His Own.

Web Links

    Links to various websites relating to the film.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Opinion: To Each His Own DVD is coded for all regions, and the same disc is distributed in R4 and R1.

Summary

    Opinion: To Each His Own is one of the best skateboard films I have seen in years and is presented on a fantastic DVD.

    The video quality, even as an NTSC transfer, is excellent.

    The audio is superb and fits the film perfectly.

    The extras were great, especially the Globe Ams section.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Mitchell Healey (Biohazard)
Sunday, September 29, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDOmni SL-P3003D, using S-Video output
DisplayNEC FS8001 (80cm).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver.
AmplificationKenwood KRF-V7050D
SpeakersJensen SPX-9 Fronts, Jensen SPX-15 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 Rears, Jensen SPX-19 Subwoofer

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