Deadly 60-Series 1: On a Mission (2011)

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Released 17-Apr-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 174:37
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Steve Backshall
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 Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Since the untimely death of Steve Irwin there has been a gap in the television space reserved for crazy guys who enjoy getting up close and personal with dangerous animals. This space is now being filled by a new crazy guy from the UK, Steve Backshall, a naturalist who travels the world looking for dangerous animals to add to what he called his Deadly 60, i.e., the 60 most dangerous animals in the world. Many more animals than 60 have been featured on the various episodes as each one covers 5 or 6.

     The series began in 2009 and is now in Series 3 on the BBC. It is shown locally on the ABC and there have now been two local DVD releases of various episodes. The show is aimed at children rather than adults and my pre-teen boys certainly enjoy the excitement of the chase generated by Backshall and are interested in what he has to tell them about dangerous animals. He goes searching for these animals in the wold and then interacts with them in a non-invasive way (generally). He gets himself in trouble sometimes and is injured in one of the episodes here after accidentally stepping on a caiman in a South American swamp while looking for an anaconda.

     This particular DVD release entitled Deadly 60 : On a Mission includes six episodes from the second season (which is also known as Deadly 60: On A Mission) of the show covering places like Costa Rica and Peru amongst others. Each episode is just under half an hour.

     This is an entertaining child focused documentary series which allows kids to learn about animals in an exciting way.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is quite 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 nice and sharp without being spectacular.

     The colour was very good with no major issues to report.

     There was some grain and digital noise at times along with some mild macro-blocking.

     There are subtitles available in English which are clear and easy to read.

     There are no noticeable layer changes during playback.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

     This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was generally clear and easy to hear and understand.

     The music is exciting and sounds good on this transfer.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    No extras.

Menu

    The menu included music.

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 same format in the UK but not in the US at this stage. Buy local.

Summary

    An exciting deadly animals documentary series for kids from the BBC.

    The video quality is quite good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras were eaten by a caiman.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, May 03, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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