2006 FIA Formula One / F1 / Formula 1 Championship Review [Import]
In 55 years, only seven men have won back to back World Championships. 2006 changed all that. Fernando Alonso became the eighth member of the elite group and the youngest.
The season kicked off with new drivers, new teams and a brand new knockout format for qualifying. RENAULT picked up where they left off with six wings out of eight. By Canada, they looked to have it in the bag, but the might of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari should never be discounted.
USA was the turning point, with everything falling in FERRARI'S favor. After China, the frontrunners were equal on points, but Michael had the advantage with one more win under his belt. The battle for both titles would be won and lost in the last two races.
Watch Button¹s fiery exit in Australia and his blaze of glory in Hungary.
Ride on board with Liuzzi as Räikkönen drives over him! Feel the emotion as Massa wins in Brazil and Michael Schumacher bows out of FORMULA ONE, after a charge through the field. Michael at his best.
Get to the heart of this sensational sport with original interviews and never seen before footage as Fernando does it once again!
WITH DVD EXTRA FEATURES: Season Preview An interview with Bernard Ferguson of Cosworth in Spain Super Aguri: The Newest Team on the Grid An Interview with Ron Dennis in Japan Michael Schumacher: A Tribute
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However, the reason this DVD is so atrocious is because they fit both the 3h20m main feature and several extras all onto a single dual-layer DVD. That's around 3.5 hours of video on a single DVD9. It just doesn't fit! The pixilation and macroblocking runs rampant throughout, anytime the footage on screen is fast like the in car footage, especially the parts when they do a picture-in-picture looking at Massa's qualifying lap at Monza behind Alonso for example, it's like watching a video on dial-up with such pixilation you feel the resolution has dropped to barely 200x200. Not a word of exaggeration, it is really awful.
Most features on DVD will average around 6~7Mbps with up to 10Mbps for peaks of particularly hard-to-encode scenes. This DVD runs along at 3~3.5Mbps. It is truly pathetic that this one made it out into consumer's hands. The next year the 2007 DVD went to 2 DVD's and it was a huge improvement.
Hopefully the 2011 season, the first one to finally move to HD broadcasting, will be presented on Blu-ray. It is comical that we have had "Bass Fishing" in high definition since @ 2004 and the world's premiere motorsport took until 2011...but that's Bernie's influence for you.
This is a great season worth watching if you can stomach the brutal picture quality. Wish they would re-issue this as a 2-disc set.
You might also enjoy the special features such as the on-board camera clips for the pole positions, and some extras like full season preview, interviews from personalities and a Michael Schumacher retirement tribute.
Get this DVD and you won't regret it! For the true F1 fan.
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The great coverage and quantity of content presented in this '06 review is severely compromised by the horrible picture quality. If it was going to look this bad, they might as well have released it on VHS. When one compares this to the '04 DVD, for example, . . . there's simply no excuse.
This really should've been released as a two disc set.
BTW, there's a new company logo on this year's disc . . . which makes me wonder whether the FIA and FOM switched vendors and are as disappointed with the results as I am. I don't know who to blame, but only hope they put out a better product next year
Picture quality trumps content. Rent it.
In the USA the most popular motorsport is Nascar and the image quality on some of the Nascar broadcasts is noticeably superior to F1 broadcasts to start with (it is clearly much more than just a PAL-NTSC conversion issue), so then to allow further degradation in the season review is insulting. It is bad for the image of F1, which bills itself as the technological pinnacle of motor racing, to have a cheap and nasty "official season review". Since I'm a photographer and film maker myself I find the flaws noticeably distracting. It takes me "out" of the event, the opposite of the effect intended.
Then we get to the content. This was a vintage year for Formula 1 fans, featuring Michael Schumacher's last season, an epic fight between him and Fernando, Williams' coming apart at the seams, McLaren embarrassed to not win a single race, Montoya and Villeneuve throwing in the towel, Michael's parking problem in Monaco etc etc. So in some ways the producers can't lose... but it was still disappointing.
I found the commentary bland and poorly written with some odd turns of phrase. For example at one point Fernando is "taking on more tires". Sorry, you don't take on more tires, there's no room. You change tires, or you take on more fuel. Further, moments that were incredibly dramatic at the time are glossed over with all the passion of a computer speaking your weight. If this is the official review, then I would prefer to buy an unofficial review, were it available.
In my opinion, the guys who do the US broadcast commentary on Speed Channel would do a vastly better job than this disc. Their season ending tribute to Michael Schumacher was much better then the one on this disc. For example they actually tell the viewer what the events on-screen were (the famous deliberate collisions with Hill and Villeneuve, the incident in Monaco) and why they were pivotal events in forming Michael Schumacher's reputation and legacy as an icomparable racer, an all-time great, but with a few severe lapses in judgement here and there. They would probably also have explained the significance of a few other things that the video editors included, but failed to capitalise on. For example the story behind why Mikka Hakkinen turned up for the final race in Brazil. Michael let it be known that Mikka was one of his most feared and respected adversaries in his entire career. When Mikka heard that he made a special trip out to Brazil just to see Michael's final race.
I understand that space is limited on any production, but for the year that Michael Schumacher retired, I feel a dual-disc Deluxe Edition as a more upmarket option would have made sense. With better image quality and more room to go in-depth it could have been a vastly superior product, leaving this single disc production as an entry-level affordable choice for those on a limited budget.
I do appreciate one aspect of this DVD that salvaged a 3 star rating for it - the extra candid (non-race) footage was varied and well-chosen. The interview with Chris Dyer, the demo of an F1 refuelling rig, the driver-narrated qualifying laps and numerous other bit and pieces here and there were very interesting. The slow lap of Monaco narrated by Tiago Monteiro on a scooter, intercut with frantic full-speed race footage of the same route was fantastic, it really heightened the sensation of F1's crazy speed on such a tight road course. A lot of the extra footage was not seen on the US broadcasts, so for those sections alone this disc is something of a must-have for US F1 fans.