Yoga-Conditioning for Women (Gaiam) (1999)

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Released 4-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Yoga Menu Audio
Featurette-Pose Modifications Guide (16)
Featurette-Bonus Monthly Practice
Biographies-Cast
Featurette-About Gaiam
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 60:14
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Ted Landon
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Suzanne Deason
Case ?
RPI $24.95 Music Lori Eschler Frystak


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 instructional DVD is designed to bring a centred and focused lifestyle to women through the practice of yoga.

    The yoga workout is designed by Suzanne Deason, a yoga master with over 35 years of yoga teaching experience. Deason combines Lyengar and Pilates yoga styles to present a very accessible yoga style of her own, designed for a woman's body, and tailored to a woman's centre of balance. The content is divided into three sections:

  1. Breath: Breathing exercises
  2. Posture: Stretches focussed on the spine and legs, and
  3. Centering: Poses designed to enhance an emotional and spiritual feminine focus.

    This DVD has pretty good production values, and 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 sharpness of the image is variable throughout, and it is often very soft. The shadow detail is reasonable.

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

    MPEG artefacts were not really a problem, although the image appeared badly compressed, and was slightly pixelated throughout. For example, consider the shot of the sea at 33:30. Film-to-video artefacts and film artefacts were never a problem.

    There are no subtitles on this DVD.

    This is a single-sided, single-layered disc. Considering the length of the content, this is acceptable.

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Audio

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

    The vast majority of the content is narrated, and the dialogue quality and audio sync are acceptable.

    The music is credited to Lori Eschler Frystak, 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 or subwoofer action.

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Extras

    There are a few extras.

Menu

    A simple menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

Pose Modifications Guide

    A number of short clips, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, of pose modifications in order to make them easier.

Bonus Monthly Practice (20:30)

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, these are some poses designed to soothe tensions during a woman's monthly cycle.

About Suzanne Deason

    Text-based biographical information.

About Gaiam (0:45)

    A short corporate promotional advert.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 and 4 versions of the DVD appear to be identical, apart from NTSC/PAL differences.

Summary

    Another good yoga DVD in a long series of yoga DVDs from Gaiam.

    The video and audio quality are acceptable for an instructional DVD.

    The extras are limited, but again are acceptable for a DVD of this nature.

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Friday, December 27, 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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