Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? DVD Game: Family Picture Edition (2005)

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Released 23-Nov-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Game Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time ?
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Gary Newnham
Peter Ots
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Eddie McGuire
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Keith Strachan
Matthew Strachan


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Do you feel the need to be annoyed by Eddie McGuire more than the scheduled one hour a week? Then this DVD game is for you! Seriously though, this is the second DVD game to be released based upon the successful quiz show hosted by our friend from the southern state. The first one is quite similar and you can read about it in Darren Walters' review of the original version.

    This one is called the family picture edition and there are two main differences between the two versions. Firstly, this one includes picture clues with quite a few of the questions, especially the high value questions. The second major difference is that this version allows you to choose either adult questions (as would be used on the show) or child questions, so you can play with your children. This choice can be made separately for each player, so that one player can be given adult questions and another children's questions. To my mind, these are both worthwhile additions, making the game more accessible to a younger audience while still providing challenge for the adults.

    As Darren mentioned in the previous review, I also found Eddie's comments distracting and annoying as they repeat much more often than the questions do. As with the television show it also wastes time.

    Regardless, if you like the show, this is a good interactive version of it, with facilities for adults and children to test their general knowledge together.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is OK but it doesn't make a big difference.

    The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was grain and some mild macro-blocking during Eddie's comments. The questions and picture clues was clear and easily legible which is the most important thing.

    The colour was fine.

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

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

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were used for atmosphere and the thumping heartbeat from the show. Obviously, this was more a function of the amp than the soundtrack itself considering its encoding.

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Extras

    None.

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 comparison to be drawn here as this is based on the local version of the show.

Summary

    A new version of the previously issued Who Wants to be a Millionaire? game with facilities for children.

    The video quality is OK.

    The audio quality is very good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
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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