Save-Ums!, The-To the Rescue (2003)
|Year Of Production||2003|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|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||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Title of Show : The Save-ums!
Title of Disc : To The Rescue
Year of Production : 2003
Country of origin : Canada
What's included? : 20 episodes, which is enormous for a kids disc.
Episode Length : 11:30 each
Details of episodes :
Style of Production : Computer animation
Premise of show : Small is Powerful! A group of young heroes (average age 4) called the Save-Ums run a rescue service something along the lines of a pre-school Thunderbirds. They have a variety of flying, underwater and land based vehicles at their disposal when they are called out to rescue someone. The things which people need rescuing from are usually pretty non-threatening like tangled shoe-laces although some episodes are a bit more exciting like the one about saving a tree from a lava flow. There are six members of the Save-Ums, Noodle, Jazzi, Custard, Ka-chung, Foo and B B Jammies who are various odd looking creatures.
Age Group : 2-6
Related to any other children's shows? : Similar in concept to The Thunderbirds except designed for a younger audience.
Adult's view : Not bad. I found the characters slightly over the top and a little annoying. It's probably a function of the very high enthusiasm levels which are normal for North American children's shows. This disc goes for over three and a half hours so it's probably too long to allow your kids to watch all of it.
Child's view : My boys like it but tire of it quickly and tend not to want it if offered. So, good but not great.
Other Releases of this show available? : This is the first release of this series in Region 4.
Overall : Not bad, but there are better. The disc contains 20 episodes so is excellent value compared to other children's discs.
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 wonderful, rich and solid throughout.
There was some minor aliasing and macro-blocking to be seen but the kids won't notice it.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. They are clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is very 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 by Will Anderson is very perky and gets annoying after a while.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
None, but considering that the disc contains 3 and a half hours of episodes you really can't complain.
The menu was still and simple allowing for episode selection and subtitles.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
A similarly titled disc in the UK only contains 100 minutes rather than the 230 minutes on this disc. It does not seem to be available in Region 1. Region 4 is the best.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is good.
|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|