Hi-5: Five Alive (2003)

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Released 1-Oct-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio & Animation
Music Highlights-3 songs +/- vocals
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 47:37
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ian Munro
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Kathleen De Leon
Nathan Foley
Tim Harding
Kellie Hoggart
Charli Robinson
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music Chris Harriott


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.59:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.59:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Charli Robinson, Kellie Hoggart, Kathleen De Leon, Tim Harding and Nathan Foley are back again in another DVD instalment of this massively popular children's series. Five Alive is focused on physical activity, so this could be the answer to your prayers if you fear that your kid may be turning into a couch potato. The many fast-paced segments touch on sports such as Football, Soccer, Basketball and simple exercising - the kids even get to learn some anatomy! Believe me, in a month from now children everywhere are going to be referring to their Gluteus Maximus like it's the greatest thing ever.

    There's also plenty of dancing throughout the show, making it virtually impossible to sit on your Gluteus Maximus at all. Three songs are performed on this DVD; Boom Boom Beat, Friends Forever and Rain Rain Go Away. There are also plenty of stories, games and activities to keep the kids out of your hair for at least 45 minutes.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a great video transfer for a children's series.

    This transfer is presented in a ratio of 1.59:1 and is 16x9 enhanced. This is contrary to the disc's packaging which lists the aspect ratio as 1.85:1.

    The picture is beautifully sharp and looks absolutely superb on a 16x9 monitor. The entire production is so colourful and well lit that there are literally no shadows or dark scenes to speak of. I did not note any low level noise during the transfer.

    Absolutely everything is bold and colourful - the sets, costumes and lighting are very bright and eye-catching. There were no instances of oversaturation or colour bleeding in the transfer, which was a relief.

    There are no obvious MPEG artefacts present. Moments of aliasing are very brief and of the mildest variety, so they are barely noticeable.

    English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired were activated by default on my DVD player, but not on my DVD-ROM - so this could be a brand specific problem. The titles flowed accurately with the dialogue and were cleverly placed under the person who is speaking at the time.

    This disc is single layered.

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Audio

    Our audio track is a very unspectacular English Dolby Digital 2.0 track that manages to do the job without making itself too well known..

    As you would expect for a children's series, the dialogue is A-grade and very easy to understand. There were a few minor instances of distortion through the tiny headpiece microphones when the presenters spoke too loudly, but this was only an intermittent problem stemming from the decision not to use overhead boom or lapel microphones in the studio.

    There were no problems with audio sync whatsoever.

    Composer Chris Harriot does a splendid job as always, making simple songs that kids love. All three songs included in the feature are energetic, melodic and catchy - what more could you ask for? The instrumentation is mostly electronic, but sounds better than one would expect.

    There was no surround activity or subwoofer response. I attempted to engage Pro Logic II processing but it didn't do this soundtrack any favours.

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Extras

Menu

    All menus are beautifully animated and are 16x9 enhanced. The accompanying audio on the main menu is the standard Hi-5 theme. I noticed some distracting compression artefacts across all the menu pages, but I suppose it's better to have them there rather than in the feature. There is also a handy auto play function that automatically plays the feature if no buttons are pressed in a one minute time frame.

Scene Selection

    I had to make a mention of this, the most elaborate scene selection system I have seen of late. The viewer is able to select any presenter and watch one or all of their segments from the feature. A repeat function is also available so the kids can watch their favourite presenter over and over again. There is also the ability to skip straight to any of the songs or stories, also with a repeat option.

Songs With Alternate Audio

    All three songs from the feature are available with music only, enabling the kids to sing along to titles on screen. Some of the titles move pretty quickly, so it may be hard for very little ones to keep up.

Web Links

    Pop the disc into your DVD-ROM drive for links to the official Hi-5 website and Village Roadshow.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is only available in Region 4 at the moment.

Summary

    This is a great children's DVD - any kid that watches Hi-5 religiously on television will be shaking their Gluteus Maximus with joy.

    The audio and video transfers are adequate, and there are a couple of little extras included on the disc.

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Tuesday, September 30, 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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