Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends-Twin Trouble

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Released 1-Oct-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production ?
Running Time 45:32
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By David Milton
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Michael Angelis
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.56:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.56:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

   For this review I am going to dispense with the standard plot synopsis and review for Thomas & Friends-Twin Trouble. Now as I see it there are two tests any good children's show should be able to pass. Firstly, the enjoyment factor. Now for us adults, spending forty five minutes with Thomas The Tank Engine might seem painful, but millions of children throughout the world would disagree. So, to test the enjoyment factor, I played the disc to my three year old son and then sought his opinion. Now the first pleasant surprise came when I noticed that he was captivated for the entire 45 minute running time of the show. This for a parent is worthy of a purchase in itself. Then to my delight he wanted to watch it again. I was most impressed. At the completion of the second viewing I asked him what he thought, to which he replied, "It's my favourite, Daddy". This was great - the first test was passed with flying colours.

    The second crucial test is obviously education. This is not necessarily the standard Maths and English education, but life lessons. Teaching a child right from wrong, friendship, forgiveness, and so on. All these thing are extremely important to a toddler and I'm happy to say that the eight mini stories on Thomas & Friends-Twin Trouble have them in abundance. I would have no trouble recommending Thomas & Friends to any parent. Not only does it keep the little ones occupied for a short period, but the time spent watching the show is educational in the best way possible.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Thomas & Friends-Twin Trouble is presented in 1.33:1 full frame as it was broadcast on television and it is not 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness levels were strong with no signs of aliasing. Shadow detail was pleasing with strong black levels. There were no grain or low level noise problems.

    Colours were natural and well defined. There were no bleeding issues detected.

    There were little to no video artefacts apparent.

    All-in-all, Twin Trouble had a very good transfer, but I wouldn't expect anything else from the ABC.

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Audio

    Twin Trouble has a solitary English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround audio track.

    Dialogue is always clear and strong and there are absolutely no audio sync problems.

    The music by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell nicely adds to each story and never distracts.

    Surround channel usage is minimal at best. Other than the theme music which can be heard in the rear speakers, I couldn't detect any directional effects.

    The subwoofer helps were it can, but strong bass is not really needed by this title.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio & Animation

    Scenes from the show accompanied by the familiar theme music.

Scene Selection Animation & Audio

    Animated menus (always nice), plus the theme.

R4 vs R1

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

    From what I could find, both the R4 and R2 versions of this disc are the same.

Summary

    Thomas & Friends-Twin Trouble is a fine selection of eight stories from the island of Sodor. It keeps the kids entertained and educates at the same time. A great children's show. The disc has a fine audio and video presentation with no extras.

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Saturday, November 22, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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Comments (Add)
After long last - hey !!! some of us Adults like Thomas aswell....... or am I the only one? - AXE