Tractor Tom-Baa Baa Tom Sheep & Other Stories (2003)

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Released 19-May-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Game-Snap!
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 55:25
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jimmy Wheeler
Studio
Distributor
Contender Ent Group
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring James Nesbitt
Liza Tarbuck
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

   Tractor Tom is an English made computer animated children's show featuring a red tractor called Tom, the farmer who he works for, Fi (voiced by Liza Tarbuck), her farm hand, Matt (voiced by James Nesbitt) and various other animals and farm implements including Wheezy the harvester, Purdy the cat, Rev, Matt's truck and more. The episodes included here were made in 2002. It is a fun show involving Tractor Tom solving problems and generally helping get the humans out of trouble (especially Matt). The sheep who live on the farm are the comedy relief, getting up to all sorts of silly things. My two year old enjoyed this series very much and has asked for it quite often. It is shown here on Channel 7 and each episode runs for 11 minutes.

    The episodes included here are:

  1. Ringtone - Matt gets a new mobile phone which allows him to record ringtones. When he loses it, they all search for it but the farm animals keep recording new ringtones.
  2. Showtime Tom - Instead of watching TV, Matt & Fi decide to put on their own show and all the farm implements and animals get involved.
  3. Apple Squash - Wheezy is a bit down and Purdy is off his food. Tom tries to fix the problem by using the apples from the harvest.
  4. Baa Baa Tom Sheep - The sheep go missing and one of the lambs decides Tom is its mother.
  5. Football Crazy - Tom and the other farm implements have to clean up the barn but would rather play football.

    This disc is available with a Tractor Tom toy, but to my son's great disappointment this was not included with the review disc.

    Another quality English children's show.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is most likely the original aspect ratio.

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

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    The only noticeable artefact was some minor aliasing on Tom's grille.

    There are no subtitles.

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The music and songs are fun and bop along, especially the theme song.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu is designed to be simple for children to use.

Snap Game

    A very simple matching game is included.

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 also available in Region 2 in exactly the same format.

Summary

    Another quality children's show from England.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is good.

    The disc has only a simple game as an extra.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, July 08, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, 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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