Little Red Tractor-Enter the Dragon (2004)

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Released 22-Sep-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Game-Dragon Dressing-Up
Game-Detectives
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 60:03
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
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 1.75:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Let me introduce you to my young son's latest obsession. Little Red Tractor is a new British children's show but with an old fashioned style in terms of storyline. This is not a criticism, it certainly makes for a nice change from things which are too politically correct or too violent. It is designed for the 2 to 6 age group and is made using stop frame animation. It is shown locally on the Nine Network. It started production early in 2004 and so far over 80 episodes have been made for the BBC.

    The series follows the adventures of a group of people who live in a certain part of the English countryside. The main characters are:

    The episodes, each of about 10 minutes, included on this disc are:

  1. Enter the Dragon - Amy & Ryan convince Stan to dress Little Red Tractor up as a Dragon for a fancy dress parade.
  2. The Big Sneeze - Stumpy seems to be spreading a cold around the village as he gives everyone a plant. Or is he?
  3. The Detectives - Stan & the twins investigate an accident involving Stumpy, Walter & Mr Jones to work out who is telling the truth.
  4. Roof Tops - Everyone seems to be getting themselves into trouble involving roofs and Stan and Little Red have to help them.
  5. Dog Gone - The twins are building a new house for Stan's dog, Patch. Walter gets himself into trouble in his old car, Rusty.
  6. Bye Bye Blue - Mr Jones decides to sell Big Blue in order to upgrade to a newer model.

    My son loves this show and is especially fond of the first episode, Enter the Dragon.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

    The only artefact I saw was some very mild aliasing.

    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 is a lot of fun and the theme tune is very jovial.

    The surround speakers were not used.

    The subwoofer was not used.

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Extras

 

Menu

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

Game - Dragon Dressing Up

    A simple game where the player helps to dress Little Red Tractor up as a Dragon by choosing the correct things to add.

Game - Detectives

    A simple game where the player needs to determine who has left which tracks, similar to what the twins did in the episode called Detectives.

 

 

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.

Summary

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

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
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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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