Spot-Favourites (Spot Goes to the Farm/Adventures of Spot) (2000)

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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 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
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jane Horrocks
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Duncan Lamont


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

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

    None.

R4 vs R1

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

    Disney own the rights to Spot in Region 1 and released a similar disc, with the contents of two previous VHS releases on one DVD. The Region 1 disc is titled Where's Spot? / Spot Goes To the Farm, which I would presume contains very similar content to our disc. I would not be surprised if the American version is dubbed as well.

Summary

    Spot Favourites is an entertaining and lively series for very young children.

    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.

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Friday, May 21, 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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