Fireman Sam-To the Rescue! (2004)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2004|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Timon Dowdeswell|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.75:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Fireman Sam is a British children's show with a similar visual style to Postman Pat featuring a combination of animation and puppetry. It was originally made in 1986 and has recently been remade in 2003 by a combination of the BBC and S4C, the Welsh language broadcaster in Wales. There are two versions, one in Welsh and one in English. Our local release includes the English version.
The series follows the adventures of the residents of the town of Pontypandy in Wales which seems to have an inordinate amount of situations which require help from the Fire Department. Obviously the lead character is Fireman Sam, the local fire-fighting hero and all round good guy. The other firefighters include the slightly dopey Elvis Criddlington, Penny Morris and their boss Station Officer Steele. A new addition to the fire service is a rescue helicopter, Wallaby One, flown by the intrepid Aussie, Tom Thomas. One of his very few lines of dialogue is 'I'll be there in two shakes of a lamb's tail' which surprisingly was not rounded off with a 'cobber'. The townsfolk who need rescuing include Bella Lasagne, who runs an Italian restaurant and Dilys Price who runs the local general store. The main source of business for the fire station is the town's kids, Norman Price, Dilys' son; Mandy and the twins Sarah & James (niece & nephew of Sam). Each episode generally sees someone getting into trouble and being rescued by the fire service.
The episodes, each of about 10 minutes, included on this disc are:
Kids will enjoy this exciting and amusing show. Recommended for the pre-school set. My two and a half year old loves it.
The video quality is excellent.
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.
There were no noticeable artefacts.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read but somewhat summarised.
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 is a lot of fun and the theme tune really sticks in the head, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your point of view.
The surround speakers were not used.
The subwoofer was used to add bass to the theme song, but this is more a function of my amp's bass management than anything else.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included an intro, music, and the ability to select episodes and subtitles.
A gallery of 20 stills from the shows.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is available in the same format in Region 2 but not in Region 1.
|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)|