ABC for Kids-Let's Sing and Dance (2004)
|Year Of Production||2004|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Back when I first started reviewing here at Michael D's, I chose as one of my first two review discs a children's compilation entitled ABC for Kids - Just For Fun. Well here I am about 350 reviews later, reviewing the follow up disc ABC For Kids - Let's Sing & Dance which is another compilation of episodes from various ABC children's series.
As you may guess from the title, this compilation focuses on episodes with a musical theme. Despite being released reasonably recently, this disc mostly features episodes from the late 1990s, for example the Bob The Builder episode is from the first series of Bob in 1999. None of the episodes included here seems newer than 2000. This will not bother the kids but I would certainly think that this material has mostly been released previously on DVD, which it does point out on the back of the case. The specific episodes included are:
This is a decent collection of quality children's programming but considering the age of most of this material, some or all of it may already be in your children's DVD or video library.
The video quality is good.
The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some light grain, heavier around 3:15.
The colour was variable depending on the show with most being quite good. The Hooley Dooleys segments were a little dull and included some colour bleeding.
There were no artefacts annoying enough to bother the kids.
There are no subtitles.
The audio quality is fine doing everything required for the material.
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 surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu allowed for choosing particular episodes or playing all and included music.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is multi-region coded but does not appear to be available outside of Region 4.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is fine.
|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)|