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Little Things, The-Volume 3-A Guide to Kids 6-12 Years Old (2005)

Little Things, The-Volume 3-A Guide to Kids 6-12 Years Old (2005)

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Released 7-Jul-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 191:52 (Case: 189)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Antonia Kidman
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 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The Little Things is a television show made locally for Foxtel specifically for their women's channel, W. So far there have been three series of the show, all hosted by Antonia Kidman, Nicole's younger sister. The show is an informative and down-to-earth show about parenting, its challenges, rewards and incredible learning curve. As the parents of two young boys, my wife and I found this an interesting and entertaining series which is broad rather than deep in terms of its coverage. It is meant to be a light information and entertainment show rather than a medical or psychological documentary on parenting. Each of the three series has been released on a separate disc and this is the last of them, Children - 6 - 12 Years Old. The disc is separated into episodes each of approximately 24 minutes in length. This particular disc includes 8 episodes. As a presenter Antonia Kidman does quite a reasonable job and approaches issues from the perspective of an interested parent asking the questions rather than trying to appear to be the expert. The show includes interviews with celebrities, experts and normal parents and also includes information about available resources such as books, websites and other services. Some of these things smack of product placement but generally it is well handled. The only criticism I would make of the series technically is that white on-screen text on yellow backgrounds is hard to make out. This colour combination is used regularly.

    The episodes included here are:

  1. Keep 'em Busy - Unstructured play, imagination, socialisation skills, books and reading, boredom, monitoring TV/internet, martial arts.
  2. School Daze - Primary school, homework, boys and learning, choice of schools, sports, bullying, camps, before and after school care.
  3. Staying Alive - Sex education, sexual predators, health issues, dental care, tidiness, drugs & alcohol, road safety.
  4. Oh Behave! - discipline methods, temper issues, imitation, ADHD, anxiety, sleep, bet wetting, sibling rivalry.
  5. Food, Glorious Food - healthy eating habits, allergies, intolerances, canteens, eating disorders, cooking.
  6. All in the Family - Importance of family, changes in families, holidays, grandparents, conflicts.
  7. Taking Charge - Different interests of boys & girls, independence, value of money, advertising and pester power, Kids Helpline, pets.
  8. What About Us?- Coping with a busy family life, going back to work, divorce, retaining intimacy, romantic dinners.

    A very worthwhile series for parents of pre-teens.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 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. Shadow detail was very good but rarely required. There was light grain throughout.

    The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.

    The only noticeable artefact was aliasing which occurred regularly but was always mild.

    There are no subtitles.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is fine.

    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 theme song becomes annoying after a few episodes but this is a minor criticism.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    The menu is very simple allowing for playing all episodes or choosing specific ones.

R4 vs R1

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

    This series does not seem to be available in other regions.


    An informative television series about parenting of children in the 6 - 12 age group.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is fine.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, January 14, 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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