Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo-Volume 1 (1967)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Which Way Did They Go, Skip? With Ken James
TV Spots-Skippy Club TV Commercial
Audio-Only Track-The Bush Orphan, Told By John McCallum
|Year Of Production||1967|
|Running Time||170:33 (Case: 200)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||None||Smoking||Yes, quite a lot!|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Title of Show : Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo
Title of Disc : Volume 1 : 35th Anniversary Collectors Edition
Year of Production : 1967/68
Country of origin : Australia
What's included? : 7 various episodes from across the run of the show.
Episode Length : 25 minutes each
Details of episodes :
Style of Production : Live action
Premise of show : This classic Australian children's show is based around the lives of the Head Ranger of Waratah National Park, Matt Hammond (Ed Devereaux), his two young sons, Mark (Ken James) & Sonny (Garry Pankhurst), their pet Kangaroo, Skippy and the flight ranger, Jerry King (Tony Bonner). They all live at ranger headquarters and have various adventures involving accidents, trespassers, poachers, wild animals and more. This show was greatly loved and highly successful when it was first shown and for years afterwards in repeat (which is when I must have first seen it).
Age Group : 3-100
Related to any other children's shows? : Not really
Adult's view : I loved this show as a kid and was quite surprised how much I enjoyed seeing it again despite the misogynistic attitudes and virtually constant smoking by baddies. You can see even so many years later why this show was successful. It has some good adventures and quite decent stunts plus a great theme song and at least for the time a quite unique starring animal. Definitely enjoyable for parents and children. I also enjoyed the nicely tongue-in-cheek packaging e.g. Contains non-stop marsupial action!.
Child's view : My two young boys quickly took to this show. After one episode, my three year old was singing the theme song. He loved the kangaroo and seemed to find the shows interesting despite some of the storylines being a little too old for him.
Other Releases of this show available? : In addition to this mixed collection, there are also two separate releases of Skippy including all episodes from seasons 1 & 2.
Overall : It's a classic.
The video quality is OK, but no more. This is pretty old television so I suppose we can't expect too much.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was not overly clear and sharp being quite soft in places and affected by various artefacts and grain. There was no evidence of low level noise. There was light grain throughout which was heavier when the camera moved. The picture became quite blurry when the camera moved.
The colour was decent considering the age of the material, but was not overly vibrant.
Artefacts included some macro-blocking but not too much, aliasing on fences and grilles, some occasional splodges and specks, some evidence of excessive noise reduction and a number of small jumps.
There are no subtitles.
The audio quality is OK considering the age of the material.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The music by Eric Jupp is very dramatic and the theme tune is an all time classic. I noticed some minor distortion in the music from time to time.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music but was still and fairly simple. A kangaroo paw was used as the cursor.
An interesting interview with star Ken James recorded recently where he reminisces about his time on the show, the other cast members, production issues, stunts, how they used the kangaroos and anecdotes such as an amusing one about Frank Thring. Worthwhile.
A black and white TV commercial featuring Ed Devereaux promoting the Skippy club.
A TV special from when the show originally aired featuring a group of young children visiting ranger headquarters and meeting Skippy, playing games and doing activities. Hardly essential but interesting for fans of the show. The hostess has some very big hair!
An old Skippy record transferred to DVD. Quite crackly. Runs about 18 minutes.
15 behind-the-scenes stills.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This release is available in the same format in Region 2 but not in Region 1.The disc is coded for all regions.
The video quality is OK.
The audio quality is decent.
A good selection of new and original extras.
|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||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer|