Basil Brush-Unleashed (2002)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Basil's Joke Book
Gallery-Basil's Pin Board
Game-The Jelly Baby Game
Music Video-'Bounce' & 'Boom Boom'
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, on each episode|
"Stay tuned for another entertainment extravaganza, but first, this, the Basil Brush Show."
This announcement at the beginning of one of the three episodes of the Basil Brush television series contained on this disc pretty much sums up the Basil Brush experience. The Basil Brush Show, whether this incarnation or the one I remember as a child, has always included sick jokes, self-deprecating humour and a stuffed Fox puppet with a large tail or 'brush'. I loved Basil's antics when I was younger and although the show has changed considerably around him, Basil is pretty much the same as ever. The original show was pretty static and involved a compere reading stories and Basil interjecting with stupid remarks. This new show made recently in the UK is much more lively, but still has Basil interjecting with stupid remarks.
The show features Basil of course and Stephen, Dave, Molly & Anil. Stephen is the token adult in the cast and spends most of the time making a fool of himself. Dave & Molly are two children who live with Stephen & Basil, with Stephen doubling as their guardian. Anil is the owner of the local cafe. The show is basically a sit-com designed for children in the 8-13 age group.
The three episodes included are
I am sure that children of the correct age group will find this show very amusing. It is also good entertainment for Dads who remember the original Basil Brush show with fondness (like me).
"What do you call a Frenchman in sandals? Phillipe Phillope. Boom! Boom!"
The video quality is excellent with only one minor issue.
The show is presented in 1.33:1 and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced. This is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was very clear. Shadow detail was not really called for as this is a very brightly lit children's show. There was no low level noise.
The colour was very bright and well saturated. All the colours of the rainbow are used in the sets and costumes. I did notice some very minor chroma noise in a red wall at 51:32 but I am sure your kids won't.
There were no other artefacts of any description.
There are no subtitles.
The audio quality is satisfactory.
This DVD contains one audio option, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 256 Kb/s. Despite the encoding it sounded like mono sound to me.
Dialogue was generally reasonable but sometimes due to accents or slightly muffled sound some wisecracks were difficult to make out. There were no problems with audio sync.
The theme music was loud and brash (as you would expect) and sounded fine.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu has motion and music, and allowed for episode selection.
This is a selection of very sick jokes told by Basil, which kids will find very funny, interspersed with scenes from the series.
A selection of quite amusing outtakes from the series mostly involving Stephen.
A video clip of a song from Basil's debut album. Ordinary.
A video clip of a song from Basil's debut album. Even more ordinary.
This feature includes a photo, a biography and a short film of highlights for each of the five main characters in the series. The video portions are Molly (2:18), Stephen (2:10), Basil (1:57), Dave (1:25) & Anil (1:47). On a DVD-ROM drive the photos are presented in a printable format, I assume to pin up on your bedroom wall.
This is a small interactive game. If you find the jelly baby you get an extra joke from Basil.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is available in Region 2 but seems to be exactly the same.
This disc contains three episodes of a fun children's sit-com, The Basil Brush Show.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is satisfactory.
There is a good selection of extras designed for children.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|