Way Things Work, The: Rolling Stones (2004)

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Released 9-Mar-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 52:15
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
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The Way Things Work is an animated children's television series made in 2000, based upon a best-selling children's non-fiction book of the same name by David Macauley. It is a UK/French/German co-production. It is shown here in Australia on the ABC. The disc includes four of the 23 episodes which have been made. I would guess it would be aimed at a primary school audience.

    The series is set on an island called Mammoth Island, which is populated by a lot of Woolly Mammoths, some people and a visiting scientist, known only as The Inventor. Each episode introduces a principle of science at a level children can understand using the islanders and the mammoths to illustrate each principle. Mostly the principles are shown by solving a problem facing the islanders and/or the mammoths, which they solve with the assistance of The Inventor. The islanders include Olive, a smart young girl, Frank, her dad, Pillbeam and Brenda, her uncle and aunt, and their son Troy.

    The four episodes included here are:

    This is entertaining and educational, a great combination for children's television.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was rich and solid throughout.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good.

    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 music features a catchy jazzy theme tune.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    The menu allows for episode selection.

R4 vs R1

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

    This series does not seem to be available in other regions on DVD, except as a teacher's/library resource in the US with every episode on a separate DVD for $20 each. The local product is the pick.


    An entertaining and educational children's show aimed at primary school audiences.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, March 22, 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
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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