SpongeBob SquarePants-Tales from the Deep (2003)

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Released 4-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio & Animation
Credits
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 114:08 (Case: 118)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Sherm Cohen
Walt Dohrn
C.H. Greenblatt
Sam Henderson
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Tom Kenny
Rodger Bumpass
Bill Fagerbakke
Carolyn Lawrence
Clancy Brown
Mr. Lawrence
Lori Alan
Jill Talley
Mary Jo Catlett
Carlos Alazraqui
Brian Doyle-Murray
Dee Bradley Baker
Ernest Borgnine
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music The Blue Hawaiians
Bradley Carow
Eban Schletter


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Dutch 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 No

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Plot Synopsis

    I saw an episode of Spongebob Squarepants on pay TV and thought it was pretty funny in a childish sort of way, so I decided to give this disc a whirl. The series debuted on US cable network Nickelodeon in 1999 and quickly became a big hit. So far there have been approximately 60 episodes produced and a motion picture is in the works (now there's a surprise).

    If you have not come across this show before, it is a animated series aimed at children, probably the 5 - 12 age group although it does have much wider appeal. The series is set under the sea in a town called Bikini Bottom and the major characters are:

    This disc contains 9 episodes in total, 8 of which are good to excellent, and one of which is complete rubbish. Unfortunately the rubbish one is the first one. The episodes come from very early in the series right up until Sep 2003. In detail the episodes are:

    Overall, this is a bit of a mixed bag, some very funny episodes and at least one I would not inflict on my worst enemy.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture is very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. The colour was excellent and there were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

    This is a dual layered disc, however the layer change must fall between episodes.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is perfectly fine for the show.

    This DVD contains four audio options; an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s and the same in Spanish, French & Dutch.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.    

    The surround speakers & subwoofer were not used at all.

    

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Extras

Menu

    The menu included an episode selection function and the ability to watch 6:41 minutes of credits for each episode strung together.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc includes the same episodes in Region 1, however also includes a music video, storyboards and a featurette.

Summary

    This disc contains 8 fun and one rubbish episode of Spongebob Squarepants, the animated children's show.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is fine.

    The disc has no extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, August 04, 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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