Underdog-Collection 1 (1964)

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Released 17-May-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1964
Running Time 341:15 (Case: 330)
RSDL / Flipper No/No
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Beyond Home Entertainment
Starring Wally Cox
Norma MacMillan
Kenny Delmar
Ben Stone
Sandy Becker
George S. Irving
Case Slip Case
RPI $19.95 Music W. Watts Biggers
Winston Sharples
Joseph Harris


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 1.0 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

   

"There's no need to fear, Underdog is here"

    I remember with fondness watching cartoons as a child, particularly series like Rocky & Bullwinkle. Even though I did not remember Underdog specifically, I thought I would take a look at this first set of Underdog discs.

    Underdog was a cartoon series which ran on American television from 1964 to 1973, totalling 78 episodes. Each episode included part of an ongoing story involving Underdog himself and cartoons involving other characters, some of which were repeats of things which had previously appeared in their own right. As I watched these discs I realised that I did know some of the other characters, but I believe Underdog was not one I had seen before.

    This box set (released at budget price) includes three single layered discs containing nearly 6 hours of the cartoon series. The entire series is being released by Force Video over 6 box sets (which is probably more Underdog than anyone except the biggest fan will need).

    Underdog is a canine superhero who like Superman (who he is obviously based on) has an alter-ego and a sweetheart whom he needs to rescue regularly. In this case, the alter-ego is Shoeshine, a dog who shines shoes and the sweetheart is Polly Purebreed, an ace reporter for the local television station. Underdog only speaks in rhymes, can fly and carries power pills with him to increase his strength as required. He battles many evil adversaries over these discs including Simon Bar Sinister, Battyman, Riff Raff & King Mole. There are eight different Underdog adventures included, split into sections. It is not possible to watch the Underdog segments only as the chapter stops seem fairly random.

    In between the section of Underdog stories are various episodes of the following cartoon characters:

    Overall, there is lots of fun to be had here for the young and the young at heart, especially if you like old animation.

"No plane, no bird or even a frog, just little old me, Underdog"

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is reasonable considering the age of the animation involved.

    The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio not 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was reasonably clear and sharp although there was some fuzziness from time to time.

    The colour was surprisingly good throughout with all colours being well saturated and free from colour bleeding.

    There were lots of specks, dots, and lines throughout, but they were not really too bad considering the age of the material. The picture also jumped from time to time. There was a brief period of pixelization between 47:00 and 47:05 on Disc 1.

    There are no subtitles or layer changes.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is fine, but mono throughout.

    This DVD set contains only one audio option: an English Dolby Digital 1.0 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand. There was one dropout of dialogue that I noticed at 67:30 on Disc 2.    

    The music was fine and fitted the cartoons quite well.

    The surround speakers  & subwoofer were not used at all.

    

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The menu included nothing except an option called Play Cartoons. It was annoying that you could not choose each episode individually.

R4 vs R1

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

    Underdog is available in various single disc collections in Region 1 but there seems to be no reason to choose those over these collections.

Summary

    This three disc set contains nearly six hours of the classic animated series Underdog.

    The video quality is reasonable considering the age of the source material.

    The audio quality is reasonable.

    The discs have no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, July 03, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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