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DVD Reviews: England 1 Australia 3: Australia's Victory

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Adam Dumicich
Review Date: April 2004
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time:
108 minutes





About all the title of this disc doesnít tell you, is what type of sporting event is. This disc (for those who hadnít guessed) is the England v Australia soccer match played on the 12th Feb 2003. Thereís no surprise here about the outcome, it was a highly publicized win, and a most joyous event for all Australians. After all, this win came just after Australia beat England in every other sport they were once renowned for.  

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, depending on how you look at it) there is nothing on this disc save for the match, and some short interviews with the Australian, and English coaches (Frank Farina and Sven Goran Eriksson respectively). The match is certainly memorable, not because the match was full of nail biting moments (I guess if you donít read the cover you may find it to be more exciting), but simply because it proves to us that Australia really is one of the best sporting countries in the world. As for how often you would watch a disc like this I canít say, it would obviously depend on how much you like the sport, but for myself, I struggled to make it through once.  

Despite how memorable the match was I canít help but class this disc as simply a piece of memorabilia, to put up on the mantle when your English mates come over, and almost never be watched. If youíre a mad soccer nut, or just love to see the Aussieís win (or the English loose) youíll find some worth to this disc, otherwise, you should look somewhere else sorry.


The picture on this disc was excellent, I didnít see any problems with it at all, and the only problem I have is that itís not in widescreen, which I think should be reasonable expected for a match filmed in 2003.


Likewise the sound was great, the commentators were clear, as were the crowds cheers, a memorable one being from a clearly Australian section of the crowd cheering ďNevilleís a wanker!Ē which is sure to remind you of home.


Thereís bugger all in the way of extras, the interviews which I already mentioned is all that youíll find. Iím not sure what else you could expect, maybe another commentary track (from different stations for example), but itís a bit poor anyway, if you ask me.

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