The 2006 season was a lot of fun to watch, particularly the battle between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher. The main feature of this DVD runs 3h20m long. There is lots of race footage but where it really stands out is some great extras within the main feature like the interview with Gerhard Berger for example, or the many additional interviews with members of the various team's crews.
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.
on February 21, 2007
As with the previous year's season review, this DVD has met my expectations on its quality and features. As a Formula 1 fan, if you enjoyed the duel between Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso during the latter races of the 2006 season, then this is the DVD for you.
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.