New MacDonald's Farm-A Farmer's Work is Never Done (2004)
|Category||Childrens||Main Menu Audio & Animation|
|Year Of Production||2004|
|Running Time||69:56 (Case: 78)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|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|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
New MacDonald's Farm is an Australian made children's show which is shown on the Nine Network. It revolves around life on a farm (on a sound stage) which is staffed by two people, Max & Milly, who are people in costumes featuring oversized heads. The farm animals are puppets and include sheep, cows, chickens and pigs. The format of this disc is very similar to a Hi-5 disc (another Nine Network production) in that it includes three major songs interspersed with a variety of segments from various episodes of the show. The segments include problems which arise on the farm such as caterpillars eating the vegetables, Max trying to give Milly flowers with little success, organising a surprise party, doing chores around the farm and how they have fun on rainy days. The segments are also interspersed with real farm footage. In total there is just under 70 minutes of action. The major songs feature Max & Milly and some children dancers. The songs included on this disc are A Farmer's Work, You're My Friend & How Many Animals. Annoyingly the chapter stops listed on the case don't match those encoded on the disc.
Neither I nor my two year old had seen this program before we sat down to watch this disc together and frankly neither of us were overly impressed. He watched it quite happily, however, he has never asked for it again (which he always does with things he likes). I felt it was a bit lame and found the main characters annoying and the concept a little dull. If your children like the show, there is nothing wrong with the material presented here, but I think there are better children's shows available.
The video quality is very good.
The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio.
The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise.
The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.
The only noticeable artefact was aliasing which was quite regular but generally mild in nature such as on a tablecloth.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is very good.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 320 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The music and songs were cheerful and quite similar in style to Hi-5.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was simple, allowing for the selection of the major songs and control of the subtitles.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is only available in Region 4.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, 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)|