Hi-5: Dance Hits-Volume 1 (2005)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Hi-5 is a children's television show produced in Australia and has been showing on the Nine Network since January 1999. The show is hosted by a group of five mid-twenties presenters; Charli, Kelli, Kathleen, Nathan & Tim. The television show consists of songs performed either by the group or by individual members, stories, animation, on location visits such as animal farms, puzzles and some activity segments.
This DVD is quite different to the other Hi-5 titles I have reviewed being a 'greatest hits' style compilation of the big song and dance numbers from the television show, with optional segments which teach the kids how to do the dance steps which go along with the song. Also included are short segments of kids trying out the steps. There are nine songs included which are listed in the track listing section.
The program is light, friendly, colourful and is very popular with the under fives. The music is very catchy and the studio audience obviously know all the words and actions. Parents - for a laugh check out Nathan's changing hair style (for the better) between the older songs and the newer instructional sections.
If your kids prefer the songs to the other parts of the Hi-5 show this is the disc to go for.
2. You And Me
3. Dream On
5. Ready or Not
|6. Move Your Body|
7. Five Senses
8. Living in a Rainbow
9. In A Different Place
The video quality is very good but obviously contains some older and some newer footage.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. This disc obviously contains older footage from early in the show's life.
The colour was very good throughout with all colours being vibrant and well saturated.
There were no glaring artefacts which would annoy the kids.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which were clear, easy to read and exact to the spoken word.
The audio quality is very good.
This DVD contains only one audio option; a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 320 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand.
There were no problems with audio sync, although some songs were fairly obviously lip synched.
The music by Chris Harriott is very catchy and certainly got my son bopping.
The surround speakers were not used.
The subwoofer added a bass beat to the music due to my amp's bass management.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu includes the ability to repeat the program forever, choose specific songs, choose specific dance instructions or a combination of the two for a specific song. It also provided a talking help facility hosted by Chats.
This option allows for three songs from the main program to be played (on endless repeat if desired) with or without the singing and with the lyrics printed on the screen for singing along.
This disc does not seem to be available outside of Region 4.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.
The disc has a karaoke feature as the only extra of note.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 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 Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|