Hairy Maclary-10 Favourite Stories (1996)

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Released 7-Apr-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1996
Running Time 49:37
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Evan Frizzell
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Miranda Harcourt
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Peter Haeder


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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Ask any primary school librarian which is the most popular popular book on their shelves and they're bound to tell you Hairy Maclary. This classic series of children's books by Lynley Dodd was translated into an animated series back in 1996 and until now has only been available on VHS. The series of tales follows a group of friendly dogs that wander around the towns and countryside of New Zealand.

    The ten episodes on this disc have a runtime of roughly five minutes each and are titled as follows:

 1. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
 2. Hairy Maclary's Bone
 3. Hairy Maclary Scattercat
 4. Schnitzel Von Krumm's Basketwork
 5. Slinky Malinki
 6. Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet
 7. Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper
 8. Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness
 9. Slinky Malinki, Open The Door
 10. Schnitzel Von Krumm Forget-Me-Not

    The animation is true to the children's books and quite simple. Some excellent narration by Miranda Harcourt is also included, and makes the series of animated shorts great family viewing.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This video transfer is presented at an aspect of 1.33:1.

    The animation is nice and sharp, with plenty of visible detail. The transfer itself is bright and vibrant and very easy on the eyes. Colours are bold and well rendered, with no bleeding issues.

    There are no compression issues to be concerned about and aliasing is similarly absent. The smooth animation presents a few jagged edges now and then but it is not at all distracting.

    There are no subtitles on this single layered disc.

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Audio

    There is only one soundtrack on this disc, presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and encoded at 224Kb/s.

    The narration is always distinct and easy to understand. Sound effects and the like appear to be correctly synchronised with the video and don't present any problems at all.

    The soundtrack music by Peter Haeder is melodic and playful and complements the nature of the stories well. I didn't notice any real examples of panning across the stereo field - in fact, the soundtrack had a decidedly mono feel at times.

    There was obviously no surround activity or subwoofer response in this soundtrack.

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Extras

    None to speak of. The ten episodes are all we get on this disc.

Menu

    The menu page is static and includes direct access to each episode, with an audio clip of the theme music looping in the background. The menu is not 16x9 enhanced.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title is coded for all regions and appears to only be available in Region 4 at the moment.

Summary

    Hairy Maclary is a superbly animated and enjoyable DVD for children of all ages. Any family with a pet should be able to relate to the adventures of these lovable animals.

    The video transfer is colourful and easy on the eyes, with very few issues of concern.

    The audio transfer isn't very lively, but does the job.

    There are no extras.

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Friday, April 16, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital 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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