Wizards vs Aliens-Series 1 (2012)

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Released 17-Jul-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction Main Menu Audio & Animation
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 329:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Joss Agnew
Daniel O'Hara
Griff Rowland
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music Sam Watts
Dan Watts


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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     How far can you go, making spinoffs from spinoffs? Well the new Doctor Who spawned The Sarah Jane Adventures which ran for 5 seasons until the untimely death of lead actress Elisabeth Sladen, who also played the same character in older seasons of the original Doctor Who. So then what can the producers do, now that they can't make any more of The Sarah Jane Adventures? Well, the answer is this series, Wizards Vs Aliens, now in its second season on UK television. It is aimed at the same demographic, pre-teens and young teens and has quite a similar feel to it, focused on young earth dwelling humans fighting off alien invasions.

     This series is not a straight clone of the previous one and has a few differences. This time the aliens are a specific race, The Nekross (led by a character voiced by the wonderful Brian Blessed) and they are trying to steal all the magic on earth for their consumption. They do this by capturing all the wizards on earth and sucking their magic out of them making them very old very quickly. The resistance is led by young wizard Tom (Scott Haran) who is still learning his craft and his geeky mate, Benny (Percelle Ascott). They are assisted by Tom's grandmother, Ursula (Annette Badland, who Doctor Who fans will recognise) who is also a wizard. An interesting 'rule' in this particular version of wizardry is that they can only cast three spells a day each.

     This series is quite good for young fans of Doctor Who or Sarah Jane, however it doesn't really go anywhere too different from those series and so feels somewhat formulaic. It is fun and quite exciting and worth a watch, certainly for the core audience. The first season includes 12 episodes, split into six, two-part stories across 2 DVDs.

     Worth a look!

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good.

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

     The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout although was affected by some graininess which sometimes trended into mild macro-blocking. Shadow detail was good.

     The colour is very vibrant, occasionally too much so. There is also a little chroma noise at times.

     Other than those mentioned above the only artefacts were some motion blur during fast motion and a little aliasing.

     There are no subtitles.

    There is no obvious layer change during the episodes.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

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

     Dialogue was a bit difficult to understand at times and subtitles would certainly have been useful.

     The music sounds great and fits the show well, although does tend to drown out the dialogue at times.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

Menu

     The menu featured an intro, music and motion and was themed to the show.

Deleted Scenes (14:06)

     A decent selection of deleted and alternate scenes.

Outtakes (1:52)

     Mostly laughing and silliness. Nothing too exciting.

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. There is also a Blu-ray version in the UK.

Summary

    A spinoff from a Doctor Who spinoff, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    Two decent extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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