Spot-Favourites (Spot Goes to the Farm/Adventures of Spot) (2000)
|Category||Childrens||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||104:00 (Case: 96)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Eric Hill|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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||No|
Spot Favourites is a compilation of 16 Spot episodes, all of which are also available on the VHS releases The Adventures Of Spot and Spot Goes To The Farm. Essentially, this is two VHS videos squeezed onto one single layered DVD disc.
Created by author Eric Hill, Spot is a playful puppy who has all manner of adventures while interacting with his Mum Sally, his Dad Sam and his many animal friends. These entertaining stories are a superb way of teaching children tolerance and understanding, and the absence of American accents is most refreshing. The condition of this cel animation isn't the greatest, and sadly appears a bit ordinary by today's standards - but don't let this put you off the rewarding and playful adventures Spot has with his friends.
This is a rather disappointing transfer for an animated series. The video transfer of this DVD is presented in an aspect of 1.33:1 full frame. The content of this DVD is comprised primarily of animation, with a short live action sequence at the end of each episode. The live action sequences appear to have been shot quite recently on video, while the animated portions are sourced from a video master rather than the original film itself.
The animated sequences are overly dark and appear washed out. Solid backgrounds give way to excessive low level noise throughout the feature. Relatively new in comparison, the live action portions are much less problematic.
Colours are generally bland and ordinary during the animated segments, with no vibrancy whatsoever. The live action scenes contain solid colouring with no bleeding.
Film artefacts appear intermittently, usually in the form of black flecks of dust and dirt. A persistent hair can be seen in the top left of the frame throughout most of episode one. MPEG compression artefacts are present to a mild degree and don't extend beyond the odd moment of grain now and then.
There are no subtitles on this single layered disc.
The only audio option is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.
The character voices and narrative pieces by Jane Horrocks are always easy to understand and doesn't present any enunciation or sync issues whatsoever.
There are many examples of stereo panning throughout the soundtrack, such as at 3:28 when Miss Bear calls "Spot!" distinctly from the left channel. As a whole, the stereo soundfield is used to great effect in this soundtrack.
The music of this series is light and lively, featuring strings and acoustic guitars. The melodies suit the playful nature of the show well and serve as an interesting background to the adventures on screen.
There was obviously 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 a little disappointing during the animated segments, though I doubt this would concern young viewers.
The audio transfer is quite spacious and well mixed for a children's series.
There are no extras.
|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.|