The Hooley Dooleys-The Hooley Dooleys/Ready, Set...Go! (2002)

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Released 2-May-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 76:17 (Case: 80)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jacqueline Cairns
Jane Davidson
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring David Butts
Antoine Demarest
Bruce Thorburn
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music The Hooley Dooleys


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This single disc is a combination of 2 previously released VHS videos - "The Hooley Dooleys" and "Ready, Set, Go". The Hooley Dooleys are David Butts, Antoine Demarest and Bruce Thorburn, joined by Russell the Muscley Kangaroo and Tickle the Doodat. It's a more casual-looking bunch than say Hi-5 or their ABC stablemates, The Wiggles (whose uniforms always remind me of Captain Kirk's Star Trek!). They seem to be enjoying themselves and have written, produced and performed all 30 songs on this disc themselves.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The entire program is in full frame 1.33:1 ratio which is understandable given that it came from pre-digital TV source material. As you would expect for a recent kids program, bright colours are used nearly right through without any oversaturation. However, there are some songs, eg Yumbo Jive, which are either filmed outdoors or in other studios which suffer from somewhat washed-out colour and a softer focus. Looking closely there is also a hint of macroblocking visible around the character outlines. Notably this only occurs during the Hooley Dooleys and not during Ready Set Go. This could be due to those songs being from different original source material. Ready Set Go seems to be crisper and of more consistently higher picture quality, perhaps due to the more recent vintage of the source material.

    There are no black or white artefacts apparent, probably due to the source material being relatively recent video and not film. Edge enhancement may have been applied, perhaps to add to the 'crispness' of the whole picture.

    There is one subtitle track. This contains the lyrics of the songs and is in sync with the actual singing.

    This is a single layered disc.

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Audio

    There is just the one soundtrack, English Dolby Digital 2.0. The audio quality was good and well synchronised with the image at all times.

    The 30 or so tunes on this disc are in a variety of styles, even including African, Country, Rock n Roll and Reggae styles. Some are memorable,  some are not so catchy, but all are enjoyable nevertheless.

    There is no rear surround activity at all.

    The subwoofer gets a good workout, especially during Hooley Dooleys, during which there is good deep bass.

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Extras

    There were no extras on this disc.

    The menu is 1.33:1 full frame and is presented after a couple of minutes of ABC for Kids trailers. The trailers can be skipped by pressing 'Menu' on the remote. The displayed menu offers the choice of starting ether Hooley Dooleys or Ready, Set, Go. Selecting either of these then presents you with another menu allowing the playing of the whole program, or selecting individual songs. The choice of turning on the subtitles is also offered.

R4 vs R1

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

    This DVD appears to only be available in R4.

Summary

    This would be a good addition to any collection of children's DVDs. It contains around 77 minutes (not quite the 'over 80 minutes' that is mentioned on the cover) of enjoyable original songs.

    It's good, clean fun for children from ages 2 - 6, and the subtitle lyrics allow older kids (or parents!) to sing along too.

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© Satish Rajah (don't read my bio!)
Sunday, July 27, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-344 Multi-Region, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KV-XA34M31 80cm. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2801
SpeakersMain: Mission 753; Centre: Mission m7c2; rear: Mission 77DS; Sub: JBL PB10

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