Horrible Histories-Series 3 (2009)

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Released 5-Jul-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Kids Documentary Main Menu Audio & Animation
Bonus Episode
Deleted Scenes
Music Video
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 399
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Steve Connelly
Chloe Thomas

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Teaching History to children used to be considered a tough job due to the dry nature of lots of history, rote learning the names of English Kings or what year certain battles were fought. Since 1993 that has all changed with the arrival of Horrible Histories, a completely different take on History or as it is referred to on the cover 'History with the nasty bits left in'. In 1993 the first of what is now a huge set of books about history were published in the UK, which used humour and gore to tell kids about history in a much more engaging way than how I was taught history as a kid. Then in 2009, the BBC started showing a television series of the same name which features a great cast of comic actors acting out the true stories from history which the books revealed.

     This series is a great combination of historical fact and Monty Python style humour. Each episode, which is about 28 minutes each, includes a number of short sketches about a particular era such as the Aztecs, the First World War, Stuarts, Tudors, Egyptians, Romans and, using humour, educates about the practices and attitudes of the various eras. There are some recurring sketches such as Stupid Deaths (which tells the story of someone who died in an amusing way) or Historical Master Chef (which shows the sorts of things which were considered delicacies in various eras). In addition to the sketches there are also some funny comedic songs in all episodes. These are generally hilarious as well.

     This shows is funny for both adults and children whilst also being educational.

     This third series contains 12 episodes spread over two discs, plus a 'special' in the extras.

     Highly Recommended.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was quite good.

     The colour is very good with no issues to report.

    There are no obvious artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which were clear and easy to read.

    There is no obvious layer change during the episodes.

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     The audio quality is good.

     These discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. The sound is obviously quite front focused.

     Dialogue was easy to understand throughout.

     The music and songs sound good and fits the show well.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Surround Channel Use


     There are quite a few extras on Disc 2


     The menu featured music and motion.

Quiz Questions (5:25)

     This extra collects the True or False questions from the episodes into one featurette.

Savage Songs (28:33)

     This special collects the songs from all the episodes and combines them into one special episode which was aided at the end of the season. The songs can be played separately.

Outtakes (3:22)

     Genuinely funny stuff-ups.

Unseen Sketches (18:11)

     A good selection of sketches most of which are just as funny as the shows themselves. Definitely worth watching.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This show is available in the UK in the same format.


     Hilarious and educational, what more can you ask for?

     The video quality is very good.

     The audio quality is good.

     Good set of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, July 30, 2012
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