50 Years of Ferrari (1999)
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|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||238:07 (Case: 240)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Bruce Cox|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The disc is narrated by Ian Norris who keeps his tone of voice up and cheerful whilst still telling you of the inner workings at Ferrari. Although sometimes boring since the content is very similar, 50 Years Of Ferrari is an informative and interesting disc that will keep Ferrari fans happy...but it is definitely one for fans only.
50 Years Of Ferrari is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is somewhat soft, at no times showing a well-defined picture. This is caused by the source material and the fact that DVD really exaggerates all the minor flaws in a video transfer. Shadow detail is lacking in most scenes although it is hardly shown due to the content of the disc being mainly filmed in bright, outdoor areas. Low level noise was apparent in some scenes - this is a sign that the disc was taken from a analogue video tape master which explains the other problems.
The colours were bright and vibrant at most times, one of the good things about this transfer. The reds of the Ferraris stand out well against the backdrop of Goodwood and other race tracks. Something that surprised me was that not all of the racing Ferraris were red - some were blue which stood out even more.
Some moiré effects were apparent on people's shirts, especially plaid ones. Shimmer is present in a couple of scenes during the third and fourth hour. Additionally, some analogue tape tracking errors were spotted at the start of the first hour, showing that the original source was not in the best state possible. Having said all that, grain is the most common artefact. It is apparent in most scenes, especially later on in the disc.
The only audio track on this DVD is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.
In an odd move, the narrator is mixed into the left channel at all times instead of being centred within the sound field. It's like someone is taking you through a tour standing on the left side with a microphone. Dialogue is clear for the most part, although at times it gets a bit muffled due to louder background noise from the cars.
Audio synchronization was perfect at all times.
The music was very mellow and unobtrusive. At times it did have a bit of bass in it, however it was very reminiscent of elevator music.
The sound that emanates from the cars' engines is the high point of the audio track. Whether they originate from the Ferrari F50 or the F355, engine tones are realistic and have depth.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is acceptable, but only because it is a documentary.
The audio quality is decent but is nothing special.
The extras are boring but would be useful in a trivia contest on Ferrari.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|