Postman Pat-The Pirate Treasure (2003)

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Released 7-Jul-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Animation & Audio
Game-Pirate Treasure Hunt
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 55:17
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Chris Taylor
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ken Barrie
Archie Panjabi
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Brian Daly
Martin Bohan
Bridget Appleby


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Postman Pat is an English children's show which has been produced sporadically over the last 20 years or so. The first series was made in the early 1980s, followed by another series in the mid-1990s and now by a third series, made in 2004 and subsequently shown on the BBC. The series follows the mild adventures of a small village's postman, Pat Clifton and his friends, neighbours and family. His constant companion is his cat, Jess. He also lives with his wife Sarah and son Julian. Other featured characters include the lady who runs the Post Office Mrs. Goggins, the school teacher Jeff Pringle, the local handy man Ted Glen, the farmer Alf Thompson and his wife, the local policeman PC Selby, Ajay Bains, and his wife Nisha, who runs the railway, daughter Meera (who is Julian's best friend) and their other child Nikeel. Technically, the series is a mixture of puppets and computer animation.

    The disc includes three episodes from the latest series, including an extended one which are:

  1. Postman Pat & the Pirate Treasure (25:05) - Pat's cousin Matt comes to visit from America. He is a ship's captain and comes with a cat, Polly. Julian and Meera help him and Pat find the treasure Matt hid last time he was in the village.
  2. Postman Pat & Green Rabbit (15:06) - Pat has a difficult day delivering the mail when he offers to look after Nikeel while the mothers and Julian and Meera go to the cinema. Most of the trouble is caused by Nikeel losing his green rabbit.
  3. Postman Pat & The Flying Saucers (15:06) - There is a mix up with the post which Pat needs to sort out. Ted Glen has made another not-quite-right invention and the kids are looking for flying saucers.

    This series is good fun for small children and contains some very hummable songs, such as the theme tune.

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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 very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was excellent with no issues whatsoever.

    There are no noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

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

    The music by Simon Woodgate is reasonable but the theme song by Brian Daly really stands out.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.

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Extras

   

Menu

    The menu included an introduction, stills and music, however only includes symbols which may be confusing especially for children.

Game : Pirate Treasure Hunt Game

    A simple but not well explained game to help Pat find the Pirate Treasure.

 

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc has been released in the same format in Region 2. May as well get the local product.

Summary

    Three fun episodes of the new series of the classic English Children's show, Postman Pat.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The disc has only one simple game in the extras department..

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, September 10, 2005
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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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