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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 worlds most popular sport. What a way to go! Featuring extended coverage of the critical mountain stages, World Cycling Productions 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! Theres the emergence of CSCs David Zabriskie, Lances 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. Theres Lances friend Ivan Basso, also a CSC rider, trailing him by less than three minutes for most of the race, and finishing second overall. Theres the amazing, and then astounding, performance of Rabobanks Michael Rasmussen, who won the climbers 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, theres 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 Ullrichs 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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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.
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.
As others have said, the sound is awful. The commentary is buried deep in the corner of one speaker and often overwhelmed by background noise. WCP normally does a decent job with their videos, but this is so bad that it's difficult to watch it.