The Wiggles-Cold Spaghetti Western (2004)

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Released 19-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Animation & Audio
Song Lyrics
Music Highlights-Jukebox Song Selection
Featurette-A Wiggly Postcard From Asia
Gallery-Photo
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 57:47 (Case: 88)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Nicholas Bufalo
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Murray Cook
Jeff Fatt
Anthony Field
Greg Page
Case Amaray-Opaque-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music The Wiggles


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The Wiggles are an international phenomenon, widely known and loved by children the world over. As I am sure we are all aware, they are four Australian guys who got together to do some children's songs in 1991 and have not looked back since. Two of their members were formerly of the reasonably well-known local pop band, The Cockroaches. Since their inception, there have been wildly successful concert tours, television shows, albums, videos and more recently DVDs.

    This particular title is a newly produced hour long show featuring 13 songs linked together by a story about helping Alfonso, the master pasta chef to find the 'secret ingredient'. The show has a cowboy theme and includes the Wiggles dressed as cowboys along with Captain Feathersword in chaps and the other regular characters in their normal attire. Other characters who showed up were a Mexican family, Alfonso, three other chefs (played by various Wiggles) and various party goers. Keen eyed viewers will notice the blue Wiggles brother, Paul (who is also their producer) in the party scenes wearing a blue denim shirt.

    My 18 month old son enjoyed the show and has been getting the DVD out and saying 'Wiggles'. From my perspective, the songs here are not as catchy as those included on the previous Wiggles disc I reviewed (Toot Toot) but I'm sure the core audience won't take too long to learn them by heart. There is one joke for the adults relating to the Mexican character called Fernando and whether or not he can hear the drums. Adults from Sydney may also recognise the location of the shoot as Old Sydney Town north of Sydney which closed down some years ago.

    So, if your kids love the Wiggles, they will love this.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The show is presented in 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced. This is most likely the original aspect ratio. Strangely, the case lists the aspect ratio as 4:3 which is an error.

    The picture was very clear. Shadow detail was not really called for as this is a very brightly lit children's show. There was no low level noise. I did notice some minor shimmer around some objects, especially the Wiggles themselves. Your kids will not care.

    The colour was very bright and well saturated.

    There were no artefacts of any description.

    There are subtitles including English for the Hearing Impaired and Song Lyrics. They were clear, easy to read and very close to the spoken or sung words.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains one audio option, a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.    

    Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand as were most of the song lyrics. Some of the songs were sung in Spanish. There were no problems with audio sync.    

    The music was clear and very catchy as you would expect..

    The surround speakers were not used.

    The subwoofer was not used.

    

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Extras

Menu

    The menu has motion and music, and allowed for individual song selection from the feature.

Wiggles Postcard From Asia (21:26) 

    This is a behind the scenes documentary of the Wiggles Asian tour in 2003. The kids may find this a little boring as it only includes one song.

Photo Gallery 

    This contains over 100 images from the feature and behind the scenes. They change automatically and songs play over the top. This will keep the kids entertained for quite a while.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is available in Region 1 but only seems to include the main feature, so Region 4 is the best version available.

Summary

     This disc contains a newly produced hour long show by The Wiggles featuring 13 new songs.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    There are two extras of reasonable quality.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, August 11, 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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