Rugrats-Mysteries (1991)

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Released 12-Nov-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1991
Running Time 112:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Programme
Region Coding 4 Directed By Howard E. Baker
Craig Bartlett
Anthony Bell
Rick Bugental
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Elizabeth Daily
Christine Cavanaugh
Nancy Cartwright
Kath Soucie
Cheryl Chase
Cree Summer
Tara Strong
Dionne Quan
Jack Riley
Melanie Chartoff
Michael Bell
Philip Proctor
Tress MacNeille
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $24.95 Music Rusty Andrews
Denis M. Hannigan
Mark Mothersbaugh


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.29:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Rugrats - Mysteries is an entertaining collection of episodes from the long running children's show that launched in 1991. The shows are reasonably educational and contain non complex examples of rights and wrongs, moral choices, and the value of honesty - all necessary elements to any respectable kids show.

The episodes included on this disc are:

Murmur On The Ornery Express - Boris & Minka invite the gang on a scenic train ride to the small town of Little Biendeltown. However along the way Minka's necklace and Chuckie's teddy bear Wawa have disappeared. The rugrats act as detectives and try to determine who stole these items.

The Fun Way Day - Chaz and Kira start a coffee business and are wondering how to decorate the coffeehouse. Kira suggest they do "Feng Shui" to liven it up and the rugrats overhear thinking that she said "Fun Way" so they spend the entire day enjoying themselves and having adventures.

Trading Phil - Angelica meets some four year old girls at the park. These girls hate anyone who's three years old, like Angelica. To convince them she's four years old, like them, she trades them Phil in exchange for a gooey glob toy the girls have. She promises Phil that, because of this, she'll be nice to him and the rest of the babies. However, Phil wants much more than that.

Grandpa's Date - Grandpa has a date with an old flame named Morgana. He wants to impress her but can't because he's old so he pretends that he's not a Grandpa.

Legend Of Satchmo - Grandpa and the babies have a campout and he tells them about the legend of Satchmo.

Grandpa's teeth - At a picnic, Spike steals Grandpa's teeth, which leads to a frantic search by Tommy and Chuckie. The war veterans are having a concert at the picnic, and Grandpa needs those teeth in order to play the trumpet properly.

Visitors From Outer Space - The babies and Angelica are abducted by aliens that look like Didi, Stu, and Grandpa.

Grandpa Moves out - After Grandpa feels unappreciated he moves to Flushing Waters Retirement Home.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Rugrats - Mysteries is presented in an aspect ratio of 1:29:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture is reasonably sharp with no aliasing or edge enhancement problems. As the series does not contain the greatest animation (in fact it is very basic stuff), there is little requirement for shadow detail. However, black levels are solid and there are no grain or low level noise issues.

    Colours are fairly vibrant and there is no image bleeding.

    There are no film or video artefacts present in the transfer.

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Audio

    The show has been given three audio tracks in Dolby Digital 2.0 surround. The tracks are in English, Spanish and French.

    Dialogue is always clear and there are no audio sync problems.

   The show's music fits the episodes well and is not intrusive.

    Surround channel usage is minimal. There are no directional sound effects on offer. The show's music and occasional character dialogue are the sole contributing elements to the rear channels.

    The subwoofer adds minimal bass and is not needed in most cases.

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Extras

     There are no extras on this DVD.

R4 vs R1

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

   All versions of this DVD currently available are essentially the same.

Summary

   Rugrats - Mysteries is a reasonably solid package of episodes from the long running kiddie show that will entertain the little ones. The disc looks and sounds fine with absolutely no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Monday, August 02, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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