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Magnificent 7 (2005 Tour de France 12-Hour DVD; 6 pc.)

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Editorial Reviews

That force of nature called Lance Armstrong concluded his unique reign as the King of the Tour de France in a manner that in hindsight seems inevitable, though there were moments when the ending of this tale of fortitude and determination could not be foretold with certainty. The Tour itself, of course, will continue in all its glory. As Lance put it on the podium in Paris, "Vive le Tour. Forever!" But the cyclist who set a new standard of six consecutive wins last year and topped it with number seven in 2005 has retired from the world’s most popular sport. What a way to go! Featuring extended coverage of the critical mountain stages, World Cycling Production’s two DVD editions – four hours and 12 hours in length – are truly artifacts of history, to be watched intently many times, shared with friends, and treasured for all time. Talk about drama! There’s the emergence of CSC’s David Zabriskie, Lance’s former teammate, edging Armstrong by nine seconds to win the prologue and wear the yellow jersey for three stages before crashing just before the finish in the team time trial and withdrawing from the Tour the next day. There’s Lance’s friend Ivan Basso, also a CSC rider, trailing him by less than three minutes for most of the race, and finishing second overall. There’s the amazing, and then astounding, performance of Rabobank’s Michael Rasmussen, who won the climber’s jersey but plummeted from third overall to seventh after two crashes and three changes of bicycle in the final time trial. And, of course, ever threatening and supplying suspense, there’s Jan Ullrich, who seemed to have the individual time trial in his pocket, until Armstrong, determined to win a stage as well as his seventh tour, pulled out all the stops and bested Ullrich’s seemingly unbeatable time by 23 seconds. It was a feat that left the race commentators totally depleted of superlatives and thrilled viewers throughout the world.


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: World Cycling
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AV2GJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Hoffman on October 28, 2005
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If you're a cycling fanatic, you're going to buy this set anyway, but the other reviewers are correct: there are definate issues with the DVD authoring and sound mixing used for this set. The video itself is the same you would have seen on OLN or virtually anywhere else. The video is clear, except when transmission is blocked due to mountainous terrain. That's the video issue mentioned by another issue. It's not that the DVD transfer is bad or anything - it's the same as what you saw on OLN - brief interruptions and assorted glitches.

The audio is another issue. The sound mixing is bad. I found that if I kept the volume at a medium level, it wasn't bad, but the background noise is often too loud to hear the commentary very well - you hear a lot of helicopter noise, crowd noise, etc. They may have been thinking it added to the realism, but they they are wrong - it's annoying. However, it's tolerable.

On one of the discs, the bonus features menu was screwed up. The menu said it was one thing, but it was actually a repeat of a bonus item off the previous disc. That's just bad QA.

Obviously they had to pick and choose which bits of the race to show, and I think in general they did a good job of it. The race always seems exciting, and you get to see most of the major tactical moves.

The bonus features are nice, generally two extra video segments per disc, and are the sort of "behind the scenes" stories you might have seen when the race was broadcast, but it's not OLN's videos, which might be a good thing if you already saw that on OLN's coverage when the race was actually happening.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bill on October 27, 2005
PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS VIDEO. The quality of this video is that of a high school student. I pre-ordered this video and AM NOW SEEKING A FULL REFUND. The audio is HORRIBLE. The sound mixing is HORRIBLE. The sound quality is as though someone is speaking in a drum, and the next second the helicopter sounds are so loud you have to mute your sound system; and, then the commentary is so low in volume all you hear is static. It is a shame that World Cycling Productions put this on the market. DO NOT BUY IT. I really do not know how to get this thru to you, JUST DON'T BUY IT.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SoCal Reader on July 8, 2006
Very nice dvd for those who wish to relive the great moments of the 2005 Tour. Many who may have watched on OLN will recognize the footage, b/c it's basically the exact footage from the OLN broadcasts. Not a bad thing in that, since Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwin do a great job commenting.

A couple of notes:

- I was a bit disappointed in the "Extras." There are 2 Bonus Features on each DVD but 1 is always just a menu to buy other Cycling/TdF merchandise.

- Good coverage of other riders and action that didn't involve Lance.

- On the other hand, there were some instances where more coverage of Lance/Discovery Team (or even leading contenders and their teams) would've been appropriate. I seem to recall long segments focusing on breakaway riders of little consequence, which was interesting to a point but somewhat boring. Where was the peleton? What were the top contenders and their teams doing?

- Why not shorten that coverage and show the Team Time Trial of CSC, T-Mobile, and Discovery in its entirety?? There was barely any footage of what was a spectacularly exciting race. Also, for the last stage, we mostly get a few laps in Paris. I would've liked to have seen the Discovery Team riding en route in their "victory" line-up, Lance riding thru the throng of team cars thanking the other sporting directors, etc.

- Yes, the sound quality isn't good. The volume on my set fluctuated from loud to normal (yet sounding like the announcers were in a tunnel).

Still, a very good dvd to have if you're a Lance, Discovery, or overall cycling fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Need2BFit on January 7, 2006
I cannot over emphasize how frustrating it is to attempt to hear the fine commentary while it is being almost totally obliterated by noise from helicoptors, bells, whistles, horns and other crowd noise. How could this product be released with such inept audio mixing? Didn't anyone listen to it before it was released? I often must turn off the audio as all I can hear is noise. Anyone who owns this DVD should be given a new one that is mixed correctly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RvS1231 on October 19, 2005
I own all of the 12-hour DVDs of the TdF from 2001-2004, and while the content is just as amazing as you'd think it would be, the sound quality of five of the six disks is TERRIBLE. Whoever mixed the sound should lose his job! The sound of motorcycles, helicopters and insane cycling fans (oh my goodness, those Basques!)drown out a lot of the commentary by the legendary Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. Sometimes the background noise is loud, sometimes it's not. You'll have to mess around with the audio controls of your system to get to hear much of disks 2 and 3. And the stages are labelled incorrectly on Disk 5, which is such an amateur mistake! I still HIGHLY recommend this DVD, though; the story of Lance Armstrong's history-making 7th Tour is just as riveting and exciting as it was when I watched it live. The extra features are fantastic, especially the ones on Thor Hushovd's Mom and the LA pictorial retrospective on Disk 6.
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