Plot: What’s it about?
As the format we know and love takes a firmer hold on the public, more expansive and varied products find their way onto the shiny little disc. An example would be documentaries, which we didn’t see much of in the earlier days, but now are getting released on a regular basis. This release is just that, a documentary, which was originally broadcast on The Learning Channel. While not everyone will want to purchase documentary titles, those interested in the topics will certainly scoop them up, so it’s nice to see some of the better pieces be released. If this title is any indication of what we can expect to see from the library of The Learning Channel, I hope we see many more titles make their way down the pipe.
As you should be able to tell from the title, this release offers a glimpse into racing. We don’t just see some cars zooming by either, this feature includes interviews with the racing crews, designers, and even Paul Newman, who is considered somewhat of an icon at this site. There is plenty of footage from actual races, but the main focus is placed on the behind the scenes aspect of motor sports. You’ll hear from the best racers and the crews behind them, getting a broader picture to take in. Since there are many types of motor sports, you’ll get to take in the sights of several different types. You’ll learn about Indy car racing from Mario Andretti and other master racers, watch the off-road racers challenge even the toughest of courses, enter the tension filled world of stock car racing, and even take a look at drag racing, even in the early days of the sport. While this is a terrific piece, I do wish an in depth look at demolition derbies would have been included.
Now you know about the content, but how is the disc, and is the whole package worth your hard earned cash? Well, the program, which runs about an hour and forty minutes, is houses on a dual layered disc, with three excellent audio tracks to choose from. That means you’re getting a fine piece on the art of motor sports, presented in top notch fashion. So, if you’re a fan of motor sports, this is one’s easy, it’s a must have. For others, if you’re at all interested in the subject matter, this is great chance to learn more about it, so don’t hesitate to add this to your collection.
Video: How does it look?
Super Racers is presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, or as scientists call it, full frame. The overall quality is sharper than broadcast, which is all I can expect from a release like this. The colors are vibrant and rich, which is good since these cars are packed with colors of all types. Even with all that color on screen, not even the reddest of the red cars shows any signs of bleeding. Contrast is sharp and consistent, no lost detail or poor shadow layering to be found here. I noticed some very minor edge enhancement, but this is a very small quibble.
Audio: How does it sound?
This disc contains three audio tracks, which cover all the possible audio setups available. If you’re a Dolby Digital 5.1 type, this disc has a track just for you. What? You prefer DTS? Well, this release has an audio track for you too! Even those who just listen via their television speakers are covered, with a 2.0 track included. While the 5.1 and DTS tracks pack more of a power punch, all three tracks are well done and offer a solid experience. With the engines roaring and tires squealing, you’ll feel like you’re right in the driver’s seat.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The disc contains no true supplements, although some might consider three audio tracks a bonus in it’s own right…