The Saddle Club-The Mane Event (2002)
|Category||Childrens||Menu Animation & Audio|
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Lara Jean Marshall
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Auto Pan & Scan Encoded||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, Behind scenes music recording over end titles|
The stars of the series are the young female trio who make up The Saddle Club, namely Lisa (Lara Jean Marshall), Carole (Keenan MacWilliam) and Stevie (Sophie Bennett). The club apparently has two rules; members have to love horses and they have to help each other out whatever problems are being faced.
The "Mane" event referred to in the title is the impending wedding of Max (Brett Tucker), the owner of the stables, and his attractive girlfriend Deborah (Cathy Godbold). There are several storylines running through the short movie and, despite the non-sequential nature of the component episodes, they flow together rather well. In this movie they have to solve the mystery of why leading stable-hand Red O'Malley (Nathan Phillips) refuses to ride horses, try and fix Phil (Glenn Meldrum) up on a date with Stevie and ensure that Max and Deborah's wedding goes ahead despite a major upset after Lisa falls from her horse.
Citizen Kane this isn't. It is, however, wholesome, positive and occasionally funny family entertainment. I would hazard that its target audience is primarily pre-teenage girls, but it is well enough produced, scripted and acted to allow the occasional co-viewing with Mum and Dad without too much stress. The theme song Hello World is performed exceptionally well by the three young lead actresses and, mark my words, will have you humming it for days - in the mall, at work and in the pub!
The transfer, as would be expected for such recent programming, is generally of a high standard. Thanks to the natural beauty of the Yarra Valley in Victoria, the cinematography is very pleasing.
Whilst the transfer can appear slightly soft on occasion, there is no significant grain.
Colours are bright and vibrant with no colour bleed and skin tones look clean and natural.
There are no compression artefacts and edge enhancement and aliasing are absent.
There are English subtitles for the Hearing Impaired present on the disc and these follow the dialogue and sound effects closely.
This is a single layered disc.
The dialogue was always clear with no obvious issues with audio sync.
The surround channels were used subtly to support the music and environmental effects.
Subwoofer activity was not evident during the movie.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Mane Event is feel-good children's programming which does not patronise its target, young female, audience.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is good.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-344 Multi-Region, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TX-47P500H 47" Widescreen RPTV. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||JensenSPX-9 fronts, Jensen SPX-13 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 surrounds, Jensen SPX-17 subwoofer|