The Magical World of Winnie the Pooh-All for One, One for All! (1988)

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Released 5-May-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Audio
Game-Easter Egg Hunt
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1988
Running Time 55:35
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Karl Geurs
Terence Harrison
Studio
Distributor
Disney
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Jim Cummings
Michael Gough
Peter Cullen
Ken Sansom
John Fiedler
Paul Winchell
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Steve Nelson
Thom Sharp


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Dutch
French Titling
Dutch Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Thanks to the wonders of modern marketing, every child from Canberra to Cambodia knows who Winnie The Pooh is. Produced by Disney in 1988, these short cartoons do appear dated, but I doubt this will concern younger viewers. I watched this with my little girl, who was entranced with the on-screen action, until nap time of course. (It was a big day.)

    There are four stories on this disc, with the first two running for roughly eleven minutes each and the second two for about eighteen minutes each. After every second episode is a brand new CG animated segment explaining the morals of the previous stories. At the end of the feature, three separate sets of virtually identical credits are shown one after the other - for a second I thought my player had spat the dummy.

Rabbit Marks The Spot

    Rabbit tries to teach Pooh, Piglet and Tigger a lesson for ruining his garden by planting a fake buried treasure. The pretend pirates are totally fooled, even when the ghost of Rabbit's ancestor comes looking for his treasure.

Friend, In Deed

    Rabbit becomes upset because he has been "eaten out of house and honey" by Pooh. Pooh sets off on a mission to gather more honey for his friend, to stop him leaving the Wood.

The Piglet Who Would Be King

    Piglet goes searching for 'The Land of Milk and Honey', to try and find the mother lode for his friend Pooh. We discover that the land is populated by pigmy piglets, who soon adopt Piglet as their sacred one.

Donkey For A Day

    Piglet is concerned that Eeyore is depressed, so a day is spent trying to cheer him up in various ways, much to Eeyore's disdain.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The feature is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame. This is contrary to the packaging, which lists it as a 16x9 transfer.

    The picture is adequately sharp, with a moderate amount of detail evident in the animation. No low level noise was apparent.

    Colours were rather inconsistent, appearing vibrant almost to the point of oversaturation at times, and dull and washed out at others. Some colour bleeding could be seen intermittently (11:58) and gave the video transfer a very untidy look.

    No MPEG artefacts were present, though that is not to say the feature was without grain. Film artefacts appear throughout in the form of small black and white specs, but do not overly distract from the feature.

    English subtitles and English hard of hearing subtitles are optional, and seem to be true to the spoken word. French and Dutch subtitles are also available.

    Contrary to the sleeve, this disc is single layered.

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Audio

    There are three audio options available, French, Dutch and the default, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand, even Tigger's lisping! Audio sync appeared to be spot on at all times.

    The music was credited to Steve Nelson and Thom Sharp and is one of the highlights of the DVD. The scores range from joyous and playful to dark and suspenseful. Imaginative stuff.

    There was absolutely no subwoofer response during the feature.

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Extras

Menu

    The main menu is static, available in English, French or Dutch and is not 16x9 enhanced. A brief audio clip is included.

Easter Egg Hunt Game

    No, not the kind of Easter Eggs we are interested in - this simple game involves three different scenes. A bee flies around the screen and you have to press enter when you think the bee is on top of the 'hidden egg'. When you find an egg, you move to the next scene. I think anybody would get bored with this pretty quickly.

R4 vs R1

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

    This release doesn't appear to be available in Region 1 at the moment. Region 2 released an identical version only recently. If you need to make a purchase, I'd go for the Region 4.

Summary

    This is an enjoyable Winnie The Pooh DVD, one that I'm sure any child would watch endlessly.

    The video quality could be described as adequate.

    The audio is an ordinary stereo mix.

    The extras consist of a very basic game.

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.

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