The Amazing World of Gumball-The Amazing Volume 1 (2011)

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Released 3-Jul-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 132
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Mic Graves
Studio
Distributor
Cartoon Network
Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Ben Locket


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
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

     Cartoon Network has been responsible for a number of new children's animated shows, especially in the comedy area such as Adventure Time, The Regular Show & this one, The Amazing World of Gumball. All of these are characterised by their wacky and off the wall humour combined with some social commentary. They are designed for children from about 7 or 8 probably up to mid-teens, although these particular shows have quite a decent adult following.

     This one features a not-so-normal American family, featuring the older son, Gumball (who is a cat), his adopted younger brother, Darwin (who is a goldfish with legs), their lazy and juvenile father, Richard (who is a rabbit) and their long suffering mother, Nicole (who is also a cat). They also have a younger sister Anais who is also a rabbit. Gumball and Darwin go to the same school where their friends are variously a ghost, a piece of toast, a T-Rex, a peanut with arms and legs and other bizarre characters. Gumball and Darwin get themselves into all sorts of trouble whether it is getting into fights, pranking friends, Gumball trying to admit his feelings for the girl he loves (the peanut) or being possessed by a ghost who wants to eat junk food. This show is quite funny with some great surreal humour, pratfalls and witty one liners.

     This one disc collection of episodes features 6 double episodes (12 stories in all - each of about 11 minutes) which are all from early in Season 1 of this show which began in 2011. Kids love the wacky humour in this show which stylistically is a mixture of 2D animation, real backgrounds plus a variety of 3D style animation mixed in. Interestingly, despite being set in America and made for a US network, this show was made in the UK & Ireland.

     Recommended (by me and my young sons).

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good.

     The show 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.

     The colour was very good without being stunning.

    There were no major artefacts.

     There are no subtitles.

     There are no obvious layer changes during playback.

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Audio

     The audio quality is very good.

     This disc contains a English soundtrack in either Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was generally clear and easy to hear and understand.

     The surround speakers were well used on the 5.1 track for atmosphere and some mild effects.

     The subwoofer was only used occasionally.

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Extras

    No extras

Menu

    The menu was a simple affair allowing for episode selection.

R4 vs R1

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

    This series is available in Region 1 on about 3 separate one disc releases to date, however none of them directly correlates to this release. Have to call it a draw.

Summary

    A funny cartoon about a wacky family in the US.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    No extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, September 14, 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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