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Two DVD Review
on 19 May 2015
I would award 5 stars for the tennis and the filming of this historic final. The visuals as produced by the BBC are as usual excellent.
However as other reviewers have observed, the sound balance on this double dvd version is appalling.
l can't comment on whether this applies to other formats or not.
The problem is that the crowd noise and other background noise is so loud that it often all but drowns out the commentary which conversely is set at a low volume. When you can hear planes flying overhead and fans in the crowd calling out better than you can hear the original BBC commentary, it makes one despair of the production values of IMG the production company. Whether or not you want to hear the Castle/Becker commentary the sound balance is irritating, and l suppose how much it affects your enjoyment of the tennis is a personal matter.
With regards to IMG, their documentary tournament reviews /official films are only about 52 minutes long and do not contain much in the way of actual match coverage. How these can be passed off as adequate coverage for a sports dvd baffles me. Individual purchasers will no doubt reach their own conclusions, and ultimately vote with their wallets if the products do not meet expectations.
However, whoever the people were who oversaw the sound production on this Murray v Djokovic match, and whoever was responsible for checking the quality of the final product, surely the Tennis Authorities must also take some of the blame for approving such poor quality products to be sold to the tennis public as the official record of their tournaments.
lf they are selling the rights of the footage of their tournaments to a dvd production company, do they not think that they have a duty to ensure that the end product meets basic quality criteria, and that the public are not being sold short?
Anyway all that aside, well done and congratulations to Andy Murray. As for negative comments about his victory, he dug in and played tennis which was good enough to beat the player who was ranked Number One in the world at the time.