Wacky Races-Volume 2 (1968)

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Released 4-Oct-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1968
Running Time 125:47
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Charles A. Nichols
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Larz Bourne
Tom Dagenais
Michael Maltese
Dalton Sandifer
Daws Butler
Don Messick
Chikao Ôtsuka
John Stephenson
Janet Waldo
Dave Willock
Paul Winchell
Case ?
RPI $14.95 Music Hoyt S. Curtin


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Swedish Dolby Digital 1.0 (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 English
French
Spanish
Italian
Swedish
Dutch
Hungarian
Portuguese
Greek
Arabic
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The second volume of the Wacky Races is resoundingly similar to the first volume. The previous reviewer included an excellent summation of the series. In fact, the only difference is that there are 11 different episodes included as follows:

  1. Rhode Island Road Race
  2. The Great Cold Cut Race
  3. Hot Race at Chilicothe
  4. The Wrong Lumber Race
  5. Whizzin' to Washington
  6. The Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby
  7. Speeding for Smogland
  8. Race Rally to Raleigh
  9. Ballpoint, Penn or Bust
  10. Fast Track to Hackensack
  11. The Ski Resort Road Race

    As a child I enjoyed this series but always found the annoyingly long intro and outro hard to take. The 11 minute run time of each episode includes at least 2 minutes of stuff which is in every episode. It used to drive me nuts, and still does. My three year old started complaining about it when we watched this disc together.

    The other thing I wondered about as a child was which racer actually won the series, so because I am that sort of nutter I have compiled the following league table based upon the races included in this disc.

Position Racer Point Score (3 for win, 2 for second, 1 for third)

1

Anthill Mob - Bulletproof Special

10

2

Gruesome Twosome - Creepy Coupe

8

3=

Slag Brothers - Bouldermobile

7

3=

Luke & Blubber Bear - Arkansas Chugabug

7

3=

Peter Perfect - Turbo Terrific

7

3=

Rufus Roughcut / Sawtooth - Buzz Wagon

7

7=

Sarge & Migley - Army Surplus Special

6

7=

Red Max - Crimson Haybailer

6

9

Penelope Pitstop - Compact Pussycat

5

10

Prof Pat Pending - Convertacar

3

11

Dick Dastardly / Muttley - 00

0

    All of which goes to show that crime can pay but not dirty tricks.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is pretty average.

    The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was pretty clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some grain throughout, although it was not too bad.

    The colour was decent, quite colourful with no major issues.

    Film artefacts and dirt were abundant with lines, hairs and specks consistent throughout all episodes.

    There are subtitles in English & English for the hearing impaired plus 10 other languages. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality is fine.

    This DVD contains five audio options, an English Dolby Digital 1.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s and the same in French, Spanish, Italian & Swedish.

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

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
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Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    None, nothing, not a brass razoo.

Menu

    The menu was very simple allowing for the selection of specific episodes and subtitles.

R4 vs R1

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

    A very sad state of affairs when looking at the similar disc available in Region 1. That release has some really good extras included in a really nicely packaged set. First and foremost, rather than just releasing a few episodes on each disc separately as is the case in Region 4, the Region 1 release spans three discs and covers all 34 episodes of the series.

    The Region 4 disc misses out on;

    The Region 1 disc misses out on;

    The harsh treatment given to the Region 4 release is a real shame, since this is one of the handful of animated series from the 1960s just crying out for a properly restored and packaged set aimed fair and square at collectors. If that sounds like you it is hard to go past the Region 1 version.

Summary

    11 episodes of Wacky Races on a decent quality disc with no extras. The Region 1 version is a much better choice for collectors.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
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