Hi-5: Come On and Party (2004)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Trailer-Previews Of Hi-5 Videos And DVD's
|Year Of Production||2004|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Ian Munro|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Kathleen De Leon
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.75:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.75:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
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.
Advertisements (including the stores where you can buy them) are included for approximately 6 other Hi-5 titles.
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.
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.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is good.
The disc has a karaoke feature as the only extra of note.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 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 Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|