Sesame Street-CinderElmo (Roadshow) (1999)

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Released 3-Feb-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 44:05
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Bruce Leddy
Studio
Distributor
Sesame Street Video
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Keri Russell
Kathy Najimy
Carroll Spinney
French Stewart
Oliver Platt
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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

    In case you couldn't tell from the title, CinderElmo is a Sesame Street retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. For the most part the story is  identical except for a few of the roles being reversed. Elmo is a three and a half year old male muppet, so there is a princess (played well by Keri Russell) in the story, not a prince. Instead of a fairy god-mother we have a fairy god-person played by Oliver Platt.

    Sesame Street are renowned for creating fun, educational content for children. While not necessarily educational, CinderElmo is a fun re-interpretation of a classic story that young children will enjoy. There are a few original songs that will entertain and in two scenes Elmo encourages viewers to get up and do the dance he has learned onscreen.

    Young children will get a lot of enjoyment from the presentation, but there's not much here for older kids and parents.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The PAL disc is presented at the original full frame aspect ratio of 1.29:1.

    The picture is relatively sharp and for the most part looks pretty good except for some minor pixelization. There is no grain or low level noise. Black levels are good as are shadow details.

    Colours are bright and look good. There is no colour bleeding, but Elmo's red fur can be overly bright in a few scenes.

    There are no obvious MPEG artefacts, but when there is movement in a panning scene the image can be a little jumpy. Nothing too distracting though.

    There are no subtitles available.

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Audio

    There is only one audio track available, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s).

    The audio is perfectly fine for this kind of presentation.

    Dialogue comes across loud and clear.

    The musical pieces sound good and balanced.

    The sync is fine.

    There is no surround or sub-woofer use, but the presentation is fine without them.

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Extras

    No extras. Unless you count the menu.

R4 vs R1

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

    The R1 version has special features that R4 misses out on;

    If you are keen on the above special features get the R1.

Summary

    Overall, a nice (but very short) Sesame Street re-interpretation of a classic fairytale. Elmo is the star so kids will love it.

    The video is fine.

    The audio is fine.

    The lack of special features is a bit disappointing.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Friday, January 06, 2006
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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