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Game-Jigsaw, Tinky Winky's Bag Of Fun
Bonus Episode-Lion Dance
|Year Of Production||1997|
|Running Time||54:04 (Case: 72)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Paul Gawith|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Pui Fan Lee
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, goodbyes.|
Teletubbies is a children's program produced by the BBC that has now been in production for over six years. The series follows four lovable, colourful aliens - the purple Tinky Winky, green Dipsy, yellow Laa-laa and the red Po. Each of the characters are unique in a certain way and are defined as individuals. This makes for great familiarity with young children and is likely to encourage open-mindedness when it comes to foreign cultures and customs.
The feature on this DVD is a compilation of ten minute episodes strung together to form an hour long program. In the short adventures on this DVD we see the Teletubbies discover bluebell flowers, make Tubby toast and blow Tubby custard bubbles. There are a number of interesting live action sequences included, as well as counting games and activities involving shapes and colours.
Although my very small toddler found the run-time too much of an ask, the bright, bold colours and many rude noises kept her entertained for an extended period and even gained a loud chuckle now and then, so I would certainly say that the show has her utmost approval and should be similarly popular with kids of preschool age and under.
The feature is presented in an aspect of 1.33:1, full frame. This is contrary to the disc's packaging which incorrectly lists the aspect as 16x9.
The level of sharpness is not the best I have seen from a new television series, but is adequate for a children's program. The entire program is very bright and well lit with virtually no dark scenes to speak of. There are no problems with low level noise in this video transfer.
Colours are of the brightest and boldest variety in this series. My toddler was mesmerised by the constant variances in bold, bright colours and the action on screen. The bright palette did not lend itself to any bleeding or oversaturation of any kind.
MPEG artefacting popped up intermittently, most often around picture fades and dissolves. These instances only resulted in some slight blocking for a few seconds and were certainly not too noticeable. Moments of aliasing were only very mild and similarly unobtrusive.
There are English subtitles available. In fact, they were activated by default on my Pioneer player. The font is very easy to read and is paced well with the dialogue and noises on screen. There are a few sentences of Catalan dialogue in the feature and these are not translated by the subtitle stream.
This disc is DVD5 formatted, and doesn't contain a layer transition.
There is only one audio stream on this DVD, a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix encoded at 192Kb/s.
The voices and characterisations of the series are always easy to discern, however I did find it difficult to understand their babyish dialect at times. There are a few sentences of narration during the feature and these moments are the easiest to understand by far. There are no issues with audio sync at all.
There are many examples of panning within the stereo field, most of all the Teletubbies' voices. There is a great example of this at 2:40 as the screen area fills with images of the characters saying Eh-oh!.
The soundtrack score is wistful and electronic, with very little value other than background melody.
There was certainly no surround activity or subwoofer response in this soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video transfer is bright and colourful, with only some minor compression issues.
The audio transfer is encoded at a low bitrate, but is generally problem free.
There are a couple of little extras included.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-525, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Denon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete|
|Speakers||Orpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.|