Staff Review - HAWTHORN The Electrifying 80's
Visual Entertainment Group
THE ELECTRIFYING 80’s
Release Date: Out Now
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Aspect: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Running Time: 1:44:34 hours
The players from 1980 – 1989 of the Greatest AFL Club in the history of the game.
I will admit, I am a supporter of the Hawthorn Football Club, so any comments about the team and their ability will be very biased. But that’s what fans do.
When I found this DVD was out and needed reviewing to say I was keen was an understatement. I never saw any of the games from this era, mainly due to being a Sydney lad and only interested in Rugby League. (A later move down south expanded my horizons to the game of Australian Rules Football).
Watching this DVD makes you proud of such a fine club, and shows how much the game has changed in the last twenty years, not necessarily for the better. There was a lot more biff back in the 80’s and it is sorely missed in the modern game.
FROM THE BACK COVER:
Seven successive Grand Finals, four premierships and a string of champion players from Don Scott, Leigh Matthews, Peter Knights and Michael Tuck through Chris Langford, Chris Mew and Gary Buckenara.
There would be the club’s first Brownlow Medallists in Robert Dipierdomenico and John Platten, a dual Norm Smith Medallist in Gary Ayres and a goalkicker of class in thousand goal man Jason Dunstall.
Over 100 minutes of action showing exactly why the eighties belonged to the Hawks. Relive the biggest stories of the decade. The debut of “The Kid”, the Matthews-Bruns affair and the “Battle of 89”.
Stroll back through an era in which Hawthorn reigned supreme. Set the standards for modern football. Played hard and left bruised and bewildered opponents.
These were the champion Hawks.
There is only one audio mix, and that is in Dolby Digital 2.0, and naturally is in English. The audio consists of an unnamed voice over as well as commentary from the games shown.
The audio is quite clear, but some of the game commentary suffers from audio hissing and distortion, but this is purely the source material.
All the other comments from past legends is as clear as the voice over, and these comments look to been from a range of the last fifteen years. Just look at Dermott’s hairstyles in each interview.
Overall this audio mix is exactly what I expected from a sporting package such as this, and I cannot fault it.
The video quality is grainy, with varying amounts from whether the game was from 1980 or 1988. This is purely the source material and the DVD processing cannot be held responsible.
But considering some of this telecast is nearly twenty five years old, and was from a television coverage it really does look quite good, and artefacts or glitches were few and far between.
The video is presented in a full frame aspect ratio, which is how the games were filmed, and like the audio I cannot fault the video quality.
MY MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM THIS DVD:
My memorable moment would be the fight with Essendon during the Grand Final of 1985. If you thought the fight this year was fiery it was nothing compared to this. Fantastic stuff, and naturally Essendon started the fight, but we won it.
Game related, seeing Leigh Matthews play was fantastic. I heard he was a fantastic, but you have to see it to believe it.
Hawthorn The Electrifying 80’s is a fantastic DVD, and is a must for fans of the Hawthorn Football Club, and lovers of Australian Rules Football in general. It was a magnificent era for the club, and it is great to see the highlights of this period on DVD for the younger generations.
Hawthorn The Electrifying 80’s is out now to purchase with a RRP of $34.95.
|Rating out of 5 |
|VIDEO QUALITY ||3.5 |
|AUDIO QUALITY ||3.5 |
|EXTRAS ||0 |
|THE MOVIE ||5 |
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