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Formula One 2000
Formula One 2000: World Championship Review
Formula One 2000: World Championship Review contains over four hours of footage from the seventeen races last year. When you start the DVD, a menu comes up with all seventeen races and prompts you to select one. After you've chosen the race, another menu comes up prompting you to choose between Continuous and Interactive Versions.
The Continuous Version divides all the race footage into five categories: Super (which is a mix of all the others, except for Data, and adds commentary), Track (mix of track footage without commentary), OBC (a selection of footage from the driver's on board cameras), Pits (footage from in and around the pit), and Data (text information about the race). Super also includes a track introduction and a post-race interview with the winner.
The Interactive Version maps out which of the five categories (Super, Track, OBC, Pits, Data) are available for each chapter of the race and each is individually selectable. When you start the race, a small white text "menu" appears in the top left part of the screen for each chapter. You can then switch between the available categories by using the directional arrow keys on your remote and pushing enter.
I'm not a huge fan of Formula One, but after seeing Driven recently, I decided to check out the disc. However, I was rather disappointed. While there are over four hours of race footage total, you only get about fifteen minutes per race. The Super category, which is the most comprehensive, lasts anywhere from five to seven minutes per race – that's including the track intro and winner interview. The other categories range from 1-3 minutes. For some reason, the "angle" button isn't used at all, and instead, you use the direction keys, which was rather confusing until I figured it out (multiple camera angles are touted on the packaging, but there is no mention on how to access them). There is also no option to watch the races one after the other: an option to watch the "Super" category for each race would've been neat. There is also no qualifying footage, no pre-race interviews or news, and very little post-race information.
Formula One 2000 is presented in 4:3. The footage does vary a bit in quality from category to category. The footage from the Super, Track, and Pits is generally very crisp with little to no print flaws. This footage has great detail, solid colors, and rich blacks. The OBC category, though, is a different story, as it often is subject to static and grain. However, this is a small price to pay for having some of this (excellent) footage included on the disc.
Formula One 2000 is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The 5.1 track was fairly impressive, though it isn't demo material. The whole soundstage is used effectively, though the commentary drowns out most of the action in the Super footage. The best sound is in the OBC footage, as you can hear cars coming up behind you and the roar of the crowd. The commentary is crisp and clean with no distortion throughout all the races.
Unless you count all the interactivity, there are no extras. I do think the disc could've benefited from some driver or team information, as unless you follow Formula One racing, you probably won't be able to keep up with who these people are and who is on the same team.
For Formula One fans, purchasing Formula One 2000: World Championship Review for the low MSRP of $19.99 is a no-brainer, as it includes highlights from all the races and a ton of footage that viewers normally don't have access to on TV. However, the casual fan might want to rent before purchasing. Rent it.