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4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to see practice and qualifying, get the blu-ray, 14 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Formula One Season Review 2012 Blu Ray [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A lot of people are just reviewing the DVD and therefore complaining that the review does't talk about practice and qualifying much. As an exclusive extra on the blu-ray version, there is a 2 hour extra feature entitled: "The Story of 2012" which is basically the pre-race, practice and quali news and reviews, narrated by Will Buxton as in previous years. I assume they did not fit it onto the DVD version for space reasons, as the 2011 DVD included a full review (including the Buxton pre-race segments) but zero extra features, whereas for the 2012 DVD, FOM have opted for a half-way house approach for the DVD - cut down the main review so more extra features can be fitted onto the DVD, while stick the bits that were cut out of the main review onto the blu-ray as an extra feature. Even with this though, it's a bit of a confusing approach, and for that i'm knocking off a star. However, aside from that, the review is excellent, plenty of nuggets of information, and the extra features are also worth watching, innovative on-board laps, and plenty of interviews, team radio and unseen footage. Bottom line: Get the blu-ray version if you can, the "deleted scenes" from the main review narrated by Will Buxton are excellent. A small problem I have noticed is that on Disk 2 of the blu-ray, the first half of the onboard laps feature has de-interlacing turned off, reducing quality quite significantly, I presume it was an error in assembling the disc, and will report to Amazon. It's still watchable however, and I haven't come across any other problems.
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Initial post: 14 Jan 2013, 21:16:32 GMT
Bricktop says:
Looking forward to getting mine.
Can you comment on two things:
1) 2011 Blu-ray said "dts-hd Master Audio" but was missing it, only offering DVD-quality lossy Dolby Digital.
2) 2011 Blu-ray was locked to region B. On the back of the disc do you only see a "B" or does it also have an "A" or "ABC"?
Thanks! Great news on the 2-hour featurette.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013, 11:24:47 GMT
John says:
The 2012 Blu Ray is also region B only.
The Blu Ray just says "5.1 surround sound" and has a dolby digital logo on the back, yet the audio is regular DTS surround sound. Not lossless as far as I can see.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013, 13:30:07 GMT
Bricktop says:
Dang, that sucks about the region coding, makes no sense when they're not releasing it anywhere in Region A (USA/CAN/Japan/etc). The only reason to region code it is to allow another company who has the rights to get the sales. Maybe because it's 1080i50 they don't want the hassle of other buyers in regions that use 60Hz of saying "my disc doesn't work" - there's lots of negative reviews on the "Idiot Abroad" Blu-ray packages on Amazon US from buyers that don't have a clue about these sorts of things.

The Dolby track on the 2011 Blu-ray was brutally loud, I literally had to turn my receiver around 18dB lower than most other Dolby tracks.

Hopefully it's at least a full bit-rate lossy dts (1.509 Mbps).

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013, 11:59:36 GMT
Valad says:
I've just popped in my Blu-ray and the player is reporting that it's a DTS-HD MA track. Definitely an improvement over last year's disc. Rather weirdly the case states it only has a standard Dolby Digital track but there is no sign of it on the disc.
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