SpongeBob SquarePants-Lost at Sea (2004)

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Released 9-Nov-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 107:48 (Case: 115)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Sherm Cohen
Walt Dohrn
C.H. Greenblatt
Sam Henderson
Studio
Distributor

Paramount Home Entertainment
Starring Tom Kenny
Rodger Bumpass
Bill Fagerbakke
Carolyn Lawrence
Clancy Brown
Mr. Lawrence
Lori Alan
Jill Talley
Mary Jo Catlett
Carlos Alazraqui
Brian Doyle-Murray
Dee Bradley Baker
Ernest Borgnine
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $19.95 Music The Blue Hawaiians
Bradley Carow
Eban Schletter


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.29:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Spongebob Squarepants debuted on US cable network Nickolodeon in 1999 and quickly became a big hit. So far there have been approximately 75 episodes produced and a motion picture.

    If you have not come across this show before, it is an animated series aimed at children, probably the 5 - 12 age group, although it does have wider appeal. The series is set under the sea in a town called Bikini Bottom and the major characters are:

    This disc contains 9 episodes in total, 8 of which are good and one of which is annoying due to the presence of a live action pirate who is really lame. The episodes come from very early in the series right up until 2003. None are included from the latest series. In detail the episodes are:

    Overall, these are all quite good episode if you can ignore the pirate in the opening one.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture is very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was excellent.

    The only noticeable artefact was aliasing in the live action section on shutters and blinds.

    There are no subtitles.

    This is a dual layer disc, however the layer change must fall between episodes.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is perfectly fine for the show.

    This DVD contains four audio options, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s and the same in Spanish, French & Dutch.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.    

    The surround speakers & subwoofer were not used at all.

    

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu included an episode selection function  plus an intro and scenes 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 includes the same episodes in Region 1 however also includes a commentary on one episode, storyboards and a featurette.

Summary

    This disc contains 9 decent episodes of Spongebob Squarepants, the animated children's show with a bonus annoying live action pirate.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is fine.

    The disc has no extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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