Hi-5: Come On and Party (2004)

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Released 8-Jul-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio & Animation
Trailer-Previews Of Hi-5 Videos And DVD's
Karaoke-3 Songs
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 51:06
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ian Munro
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Kathleen De Leon
Nathan Foley
Tim Harding
Kellie Hoggart
Charli Robinson
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Chris Harriott


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.75:1 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

    Hi-5 is a children's television show produced in Australia which has been showing on the Nine Network since January 1999. The show is hosted by a group of five, mid-twenties presenters; Charli, Kelli, Kathleen, Nathan & Tim. The television show consists of songs, performed either by the group or by individual members, stories, animation, on location visits such as animal farms, puzzles and some activity segments.

    This particular DVD features all of the above in 17 segments which run for approximately 50 minutes. The central theme of this disc is having a party and features segments on dancing, buying party food, making party cakes, hiring costumes and other such topics. Three songs are featured and performed by the whole group; Come On And Party, Build It Up and L.O.V.E. From an adult perspective, I found the DJ Timbo segment a bit lame, but then it is a kids show so what do I know?

   The program is light, friendly, colourful and moves quickly from topic to topic to avoid losing its audience. My test audience (my 18 month old son) was happily bopping along and seemed to be enjoying himself.

    The music is very catchy and the studio audience obviously know all the words and actions. To my ears, the songs are a bit samey but I'm sure the kids don't care.

    If your children are fans of Hi-5, this disc will fit neatly into their collection.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was very good throughout with all colours being vibrant, well saturated with only the merest hint of colour bleeding.

    There was some minor aliasing in one outdoor scene and some shimmer in the background at 37:40 (not that the kids care).

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which were clear, easy to read and exact to the spoken word.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is good, but very front and centre focussed.

    This DVD contains only one audio option: a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 320 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.    

    There were no problems with audio sync, although some songs were fairly obviously lip synched.    

    The music by Chris Harriott is very catchy and certainly got my son bopping.

    The surround speakers were not used at all.

    The subwoofer was not used.

    

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Extras

Menu

    The menu includes the ability to repeat the program forever, choose specific songs or stories or choose the songs sung by particular performers. Each performer's songs can also be repeated forever. To my mind the menu system is a bit fiddly for the kids to use themselves.

Trailers

    Advertisements (including the stores where you can buy them) are included for approximately 6 other Hi-5 titles.

Karaoke

    This option allows for the three main songs from the program to be played (on endless repeat if desired) with or without the singing and with the lyrics printed on the screen for singing along.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc does not seem to be available outside of Region 4.

Summary

    This disc contains just under an hour of Hi-5 singing, dancing and telling stories.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The disc has a karaoke feature as the only extra of note.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, August 13, 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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