Lievin from a supporters' point of view
Reviewed by Ann-Marie Mead & Adam Frogatt
Description: This is a supporters video of the World Agility Championships held in Lievin, France in September 2003. It shows selected runs both jumping/agility at all categories and all individual/teams are named. The Final scenes have not been seen in British Agility before. The atmosphere is brought to life by the supporters from many nations, and it includes all the musical interludes.
Best Features:This video has something of the 'home movie' feel about it, which gives it real relevance and immediacy. It is a fascinating glimpse of something you missed ‘cause you weren’t there. It is shot from up in the stands so you get a real feeling of what it was like to be there. There’s a chuntering French man and even someone’s fat bum in the way during a standing ovation. How real can it get!
Something we really appreciated was that you can always see the handler, the dog and the next portion of the course.
There’s no commentator to distract and patronize competitors or viewers. It's an old fashioned account of what the supporters saw at the Agility World Championships 2003 with no graphics or commentary to spoil the video. How refreshing!
Could be improved: We liked the fact that there was no commentator, but there were a number of areas where we would have liked more information. For example:-
We would have preferred to see less of the audience dancing and more of the dogs working. (Yes, we know we’re boring agility addicts.)
We’d also liked to see some interviews with Steve Croxford and the competitors, sharing their thoughts, hopes and fears at salient points during the video especially with the large team when they knew they’d won. (Mind you, would anyone have been able to get a coherent word out of them?)
Furthermore we’d have liked to see more of behind the scenes. What was the bus like? Where did the dogs poo and play? What did people do when they weren’t at the venue or working the dogs? What was it like for the grooms?
Filming, format and production: If Roy wants to practice filming on our dogs he’s welcome anytime! We’ve no complaints there. However, some of the editing choices are a bit amateurish. For example: filming the clock at the side of the ring instead of putting it on the tape afterwards. That said, you still get the information and the whole point of the video is to make you feel like you were there. A matter of personal choice perhaps. Hey, Roy, what about a DVD?
Overall Rating: We’d give this video an overall rating of 5/10. This rating is down to what the content lacked rather than the quality in what was included.
Cost: £12.00 including postage
Value for Money: If you were looking for a video just to see the winning team and get a flavour of what it was like to be part of the audience, it rates highly.
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