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This review is from: Formula One Season Review 2012 Blu Ray [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
2012 was one of the most interesting years Formula One has ever seen. Seven different winners in as many races made the headlines in the first stage of the season while Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel dominated again in the latter stage. In the end familiar names topped the championship classification once more. However, it wasn't an easy trip around the globe for Sebastian Vettel as it was in 2011.
With all these stories shaking up the establishment of Formula One the official season review was highly anticipated. A length of more than seven hours surely made amends for the late release.
However, the season review just doesn't deliver.
The content is spread over two Blu-Ray discs again this year. Disc one features the actual season review while disc two is filled with bonus features. The review itself feels kind of strange this year as there is no focus on pre- and post- race coverage. It just contains the race highlights. Of course, the race summaries have always been the key element of a season review but this year it is somehow boring to watch. The races had plenty to offer but the static and clinical approach of reviewing these made some races pretty much look like a Sunday drive. Even blockbusters such as Valencia, Spa or the epic finale at Sao Paulo look dull quite frankly. There is very little footage that is new. And when you spot unseen footage, it is often nothing of interest. That is mainly down to the fact that Formula One Management took over the television coverage of all races except Monaco and therefore new footage becomes less and less.
The review is also lacking creativity. The summaries always follow the same routine: a track map is displayed, then there is the full starting grid, the race summary, results, championship standings and then it continues with the next race.
There is also a lot missing. All the incidents prior to the red flag at Malaysia are not shown for instance.
The best part is the load of the team radio which often offers a completely new view on some situations we had this year. The arguments of Sebastian Vettel are sometimes quite funny to hear.
The second disc contains a lengthy extra titled "The Story of 2012". This one and a half hour feature is pretty much an alternate, more in-depth review of the season. It includes most of the footage the actual review is missing: practice and qualifying coverage, analysis of incidents and background stories. It was fun to watch and made up for the race summaries that are all lacking this particular footage. I don't know why all of this footage was cut from the main review but FOM should seriously reconsider it for next year.
The obligatory onboard scenes from every race are also present this year with the different driver views of the carnage at Spa being the most interesting one.
There is a nice team radio inside report as well as a compilation of super slowmotion shots. Michael Schumacher gets a tribute and Bruno Senna talks about Monaco and his uncle Ayrton Senna. Winter testing also gets its own segment.
All the extra features are voiced over by Will Buxton who did a great job again. The race reviews are done by Ben Edwards who sounded a bit bored to be honest.
Everything of this review is presented in full 1080i High Definition with 5.1 HD-DTS audio. The picture quality is by far not as good as it was in 2011. There are visible compression artifacts; sometimes you can't even read the on-screen graphics. This is a great shame since the 2011 review had a brilliant picture. But squeezing over five hours of footage on one disc certainly isn't the best of all solutions. Another advice for FOM: three discs would have been better.
All in all the season review did not portray the greatness Formula One 2012 had to offer and I hope this year was not an example of how the reviews will be done for the years to come. But still - as always - a die-hard Formula One fan should not miss a season review. And this year should be no exception.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2013 17:34:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 17:34:39 GMT
Brilliant review Echti, after watching it I find myself agreeing with the above
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