Hi-5: Action Heroes (2005)

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Released 7-Jul-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Music Highlights-Songs Of The Week (3)
Karaoke-3 Songs
Storybook-Sharing Stories (2)
Notes-Hi-5 Videos And DVDs
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 54:39 (Case: 57)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By David Summons
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Posie Graeme-Evans
Helena Harris
Kathleen De Leon
Nathan Foley
Tim Harding
Kellie Hoggart
Charli Robinson
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Chris Harriott
Jason Ballantine
Rhonda Nohra


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown 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

    Hi-5 Action Heroes is the new Hi-5 DVD. Like all previous Hi-5 releases it has plenty of stories, singing, and dancing that will keep kids happily entertained..

    The team of Kathleen De Leon, Charli Robinson, Kellie Hoggart, Tim Harding and Nathan Foley return in this action and adventure themed instalment of this very popular children's series.

   Action Heroes is focused on being adventurous and getting out there and having a go at things. There are a lot of outdoor, theme park shots of the cast members on roller coasters, having fun etc. As usual there is a great selection of catchy songs and stories that get kids involved.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is a decent video transfer for a kid's show.

    This transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness and shadow detail of the image are good..

    As with all Hi-5 transfers, the image features plenty of bright primary colours. The flesh tones are look good.

    As with some other Hi-5 transfers, MPEG artefacts are present, and occasionally the image suffers from macro-blocking issues.

    English for the Hearing Impaired and song lyric subtitles are provided.

    This is a single-sided, single-layered disc.

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Audio

    There is only one audio option; English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s).

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are excellent, and the lyrics are always clear and easy to understand.

    The music sounds great. They have consistently catchy tunes that kids really get into.

    There is no surround sound or subwoofer activity (the show doesn't really need it).

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Extras

    The extras are on the light side - essentially they are short cuts to specific songs or stories in the main feature.

Menu

    Like previous releases there were some distracting compression artefacts across all the menu pages. A colourful menu, but maybe a little tricky for kids to navigate.

Scene Selection

    As with other Hi-5 DVD discs, the viewer is able to select their favourite presenter and watch one or all of their segments from the feature. A repeat function is also available so the kids can watch their favourite presenter until parents are driven crazy!. You can also skip straight to any of the different songs or the two stories. You can set these to repeat as well.

Karaoke

    Three songs (Action Hero, T.E.A.M and Planet Disco) from the feature are available with karaoke functions.

R4 vs R1

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

    There is no R1 version yet.

Summary

    Hi-5 Action Heroes is a good kids release that kids will enjoy for hours and hours.

    The video quality is a bit disappointing with some MPEG problems. It probably looks better when broadcast on digital Channel 9.

    The audio quality is great.

    The extras are nothing special.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Monday, December 12, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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