Star Wars-Animated Adventures: Droids (1985)

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Released 5-Apr-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Audio
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1985
Running Time 166:03
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Version Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Raymond Jafelice
Clive A. Smith
Ken Stephenson
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Anthony Daniels
Case ?
RPI $24.95 Music Marco D'Ambrosio


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The Star Wars droids, C3PO and R2D2, have a special place in the Star Wars universe, as I believe they are the only characters to appear in ALL nine episodes of George Lucas' saga. However, based on the characters created by Lucas, these Star Wars Droids animated adventures are shallow, boring and overly-long cartoons aimed solely at kids.

    Anyone who read my review of the Star Wars Extras Disc would know I'm a Star Wars nut. As a fan, I find it annoying when Lucas allows the Star Wars world to be prostituted and compromised for a quick dollar.

    This DVD contains two lengthy animated adventures featuring the beloved droids:

   The Pirates and the Prince (81:24)

    C3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2D2 are sold to a good-hearted miner. When they rescue another droid from its evil master, the miner and the droids become embroiled in an intergalactic adventure involving a wronged prince and evil, marauding space pirates.

    Treasure of the Hidden Planet (84:39)

    With its theme of exploration, C3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2D2 are now serving a swashbuckling explorer and merchant. Their latest exploration for roonstone crystals attracts the interest of the Emperor. Soon the droids are dodging stormtroopers and the Empire's spies in their quest for a hidden fortune.

    The quality of the animation is poor for both these titles. The artwork is very crude and the clean-up work is awful with some mistakes and pencil lines clearly showing. The backgrounds are dull and done with little thought or effort. Most Saturday morning cartoons would put these to shame.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is acceptable for what it is.

    It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The image is soft throughout. The colour is garish and inconsistent, with characters changing colour from one scene to the next. I assume this sloppiness is due to the crude animation of the source material.

    There are no problems with MPEG or film-to-video artefacts. Film artefacts appear throughout but most are small.

    There are English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles present and they are mostly accurate. Some mistakes occur when the subtitles attribute dialogue or sounds to the wrong character.

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Audio

    The audio is flat and sounds almost mono.

    There is only one audio option on this DVD, this being an English Dolby Digital stereo 2.0 soundtrack (192Kb/s).

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are fine for a cartoon.

    The musical score is credited to Marco D'Ambrosio and is pretty forgettable.

    As a two channel track there is no surround presence or LFE activity.

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Extras

    There are no extras.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title was released in Region 1 in November 2004. Apart from the PAL/NTSC differences our version is the same.

Summary

    If you have young Star Wars fans at home save this DVD for a rainy day.

    The video quality is disappointing though the kids might not mind.

    The audio quality is flat.

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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