The Hooley Dooleys-At the Farm

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Released 19-Oct-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Music Highlights-Song Selection
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production ?
Running Time 37:16 (Case: 45)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Colin Bromley
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Antoine Demarest
David Butts
Elisha Chin
Michael Hambley
Nadine Welke
Drew Craymer
Case 6 Clip and Ring
RPI $26.95 Music The Hooley Dooleys


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/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 No
Action In or After Credits Yes, dancing and singing during closing credits

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Plot Synopsis

    The Hooley Dooleys are back together again singing their fun songs in their latest video At the Farm. But wait...where's Bruce? Long term fans will remember Bruce as being one of the three original guys, the other two being David and Antoine. According to their official website, Bruce appears to have left on a good note citing that, after 9 years as part of the group, he had 'personal reasons' for leaving the group. Hope all goes well for him. The family really had fun watching him as part of the Hooley Dooleys!

    Anyway, onward to the current group...David and Antoine still have Russell the Muscley Kangaroo and Tickle the Doodad with them, but now they're joined by Captain Catastrophe, and a very attractive Penelope Perfect (perhaps to entertain the fathers of kids watching the show?)

    Although Bruce's absence in the show can be felt by long term fans, the rest of the gang have put together a show that's just as bright and fun as in the past. Somewhat different to their previous videos, this time the entire show takes place on 'location' at a farm.

    There are some new songs, plus slightly different renditions of old favourites, on a DVD that's just the right length for the target audience.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness and black level are good, as you'd expect for recent digitally-filmed source material. Likewise, there is no visible low-level noise.

    Colour is rich throughout the show, with no trace of oversaturation or colour bleed.

    There were no visible MPEG artefacts nor any film artefacts (not surprising given that this appears to have been filmed digitally).

    Surprisingly, there are no subtitles for the hard-of-hearing on this disc.

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Audio

    The only audio track is English, in Dolby Digital 2.0.

    The dialogue quality is fine at all times, with both speech and singing clear throughout. Even though they take the pains to wear wireless microphones, it appears that the songs have been recorded in a studio and have been dubbed into this mix.

    Surround activity is pretty limited, with just slight amounts of music and ambient noise fed into the rears (depending on your decoder setup).

    The subwoofer chips in to support the music, though it's not fed by a dedicated LFE signal, but only by the decoder's bass setup.

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Extras

    The menu features music in the background.

   The only 'extra' is being able to select each of the 15 songs individually from the menu.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is only available in R4.

Summary

    At the Farm is another fun-filled and enjoyable video from The Hooley Dooleys.  I've somehow found their presentation style and their music just a little bit more laid-back compared to say The Wiggles or Hi-5. Everything is just a little bit simpler (and I mean that nicely!).

    The songs are enjoyable, and the location filming on a farm is a good change from their previous largely studio-filmed videos.

    The video quality is very good as is the sound. However, there are no extras.

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© Satish Rajah (don't read my bio!)
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-344 Multi-Region, using Component output
DisplaySony KV-XA34M31 80cm. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2801
SpeakersMain: Mission 753; Centre: Mission m7c2; rear: Mission 77DS; Sub: JBL PB10

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