The Wiggles-TV Series 1 (2004)

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Released 17-Nov-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Animation & Audio
Menu Audio
Music Highlights-Wiggly Animations
Music Highlights-Song Jukebox
Gallery-Photo
Storybook-Dorothy's Rose Petal Jam
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 290:21 (Case: 325)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Murray Cook
Jeff Fatt
Anthony Field
Greg Page
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $36.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None 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 English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The Wiggles are an international phenomenon, widely known and loved by children the world over. As I am sure we are all aware they are four Australian guys who got together to do some children's songs in 1991 and have not looked back since. Two of their members were formerly of the reasonably well-known local pop band The Cockroaches. Since their inception, there have been wildly successful concert tours, television shows, albums, videos and more recently DVDs.

    This newly released box set contains the television series they made in 1998, totalling 13 episodes. It was made for the ABC. The review copy I have received is in a normal 3 disc Amaray case, however, this set is also available in special edition packaging which is a metal lunchbox. It is not the Lights, Camera, Action series made in 2002 nor the latest series made in 2004.

    Each episode runs for about 22 minutes are they are all similar in structure including 3 or more songs, some Wigglehouse segments, Henry The Octopus segments, Captain Feathersword & Wags and some other crafts and activities involving real kids. Nearly all of the big songs are included such as Hot Potato, D.O.R.O.T.H.Y, Henry The Octopus, Quack, Quack, Captain Feathersword, Rock-a-Bye Your Bear, Pufferbillies, Get Ready To Wiggle, Fruit Salad, Shaky, Shaky, Dorothy The Dinosaur, Big Red Car, Crunchy Munchy Honey Cakes and many, many more. The Play All option from each of the three discs' menus also intersperses the animations from the extras.

    In short, if you only want to buy one Wiggles DVD set, this is the one to go for - it's got more than enough Wiggles for anyone, clocking in at nearly 5 hours, not including extras.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good but its age shows a little.

    The show is presented in 1.29:1 and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced. This is most likely the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was quite clear and sharp but not crisp. Shadow detail was not really called for as this is a very brightly lit children's show. There was no low level noise.

    The colour was very bright and well saturated.

    There was some minor aliasing on grilles and so on.

    There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which translate everything or sing-along karaoke style subtitles which only come on for the songs and appear one word at a time. Both are clear and easy to read.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains one audio option, a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.    

    Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand, as were the song lyrics.    

    There were no problems with audio sync.    

    The music was clear and very catchy as you would expect..

    The surround speakers were used in a number of the songs for sound effects and music when played using Dolby ProLogic II.

    The subwoofer added bass to the music, especially the theme song, which is a function of my amp's bass management.

    

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Extras

Menu

    The menu has animated motion and music, and allowed for episode selection and picking specific songs.

Disc 1

Animations (12:16) 

    Unlike the main show these are presented in 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced as they are obviously a much newer production. On this disc are animated versions of Wiggly Party, Uncle Noah's Ark, Rolling Down The Sandhills, Lechoo Yalladim, Henry's Underwater Big Band & Haru Ga Kita.

Disc 2

Animations (9:33) 

    Unlike the main show these are presented in 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced as they are obviously a much newer production. On this disc are animated versions of Vegetable Soup, Hats, Go Captain Feathersword, Ahoy, C'est Wags, C'est Bon & A Frog Went A Walking.

Disc 3

Animations (3:44) 

    Unlike the main show these are presented in 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced as they are obviously a much newer production. On this disc are animated versions of Butterflies Flit & D.O.R.O.T.H.Y (My Favourite Dinosaur).

Wiggly Photo Gallery (7:48) 

    A self-propelling photo gallery with Wiggles music playing over it. The photos are stills of them from as early as 1991 showing them busking, early promotional photos and concerts at shopping centres.

Electronic Story Book - Dorothy's Rose Petal Jam (5:08) 

    A read-along story book.

R4 vs R1

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

    This box set does not seem to be available outside of Region 4.

Summary

     All 13 episodes of The Wiggles 1998 television series comes to DVD.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    There are some quality extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, January 28, 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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Comments (Add)
I feel happy about the wiggles because they sing very well and make good dvds like this one. - Anonymous