Fireman Sam-Saves the Day! (2004)

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Released 6-Oct-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Web Links
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 51:00 (Case: 55)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Timon Dowdeswell

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Andrew Offiler
John Sparkes
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music None Given

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 1.85:1 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

    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 It was originally made in 1986 and has recently been remade in 2003 by a combination of the BBC and S4C, the Welsh language broadcaster in Wales.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. 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:

  1. Beast of Pontypandy - A black mysterious beast appears in Pontypandy.
  2. Fit for Nothing - The firefighters are training hard to see who is the fittest.
  3. Neighbourhood Watch Out - The kids start up their own neighbourhood watch program.
  4. Case of the Liquorice Shoelaces - Norman is accused by his mother of stealing lollies, but sets out to prove his innocence.
  5. Firefighter of Tomorrow - It's open day at the fire station and Norman says he wants to become a fireman.

    Lots of fun for the kids in the 2-6 age group. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality


    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.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The menu included an intro, music, and the ability to select episodes and subtitles.

Photo Gallery

    A gallery of 15 stills from the shows.


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 available in the same format in Region 2 but not in Region 1.


    A fun series for the pre-school set on a quality disc.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, November 26, 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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