The Adventures of Tintin-Volume 1 (1990)
Main Menu Audio
Production Notes-Comic Book Chronology
|Year Of Production||1990|
|Running Time||162:25 (Case: 160)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (10:33)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Stéphane Bernasconi|
Ray Parker Jr.
|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|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Many years ago when I was a boy, my favourite books were Tintin and Asterix, both comics (or if you prefer, graphic novels) written in Europe. I would scour the local library looking for ones I had not read and then if all else failed borrow one I had already read. The Tintin books were originally written in the 1930s and set at that time. They involve the adventures of a young Belgian journalist called Tintin who travels the world righting wrongs and having adventures with his faithful dog, Snowy. There were 24 books originally written by Herge of which 21 are included in this television series made in 1991. There were also three extra books based on movies. The stories here are Books 3 to 6. The first two books were not included in the series. These episodes do not feature characters like Captain Haddock or Professor Calculus who were introduced later in the series.
This series has previously been released in Region 4 as a six disc box set and the discs are now being released separately. The series was a Canadian/French co-production and unfortunately features many Canadian accents, most notably Tintin himself. Despite this, most fans consider this the best attempt to bring Tintin to life on the screen.
The stories included here are:
I thoroughly enjoyed these cartoons of the original comic book stories despite the minor plot changes and Canadian accents. The animation style is very similar to the original books and the music is a great addition. My young son has now become obsessed with Tintin and wants to watch this disc constantly.
The video quality is quite good considering the age of the material.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Light grain is present throughout.
The colour was decent although somewhat dull and lacking vibrancy. There was also some occasional chroma noise.
Artefacts included some small white and black specks and a few hairs plus some jagged edges, mild aliasing and some shimmering on camera pans.
There are no subtitles.
The layer change occurs at 10:33 in episode 3 and was quite bad, causing a significant pause on my player.
The audio quality is good.
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 Ray Parker, Jim Morgan & Tom Szczesniak is excellent adding tension, excitement and atmosphere to the show.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music, and the ability to select episodes and the extras.
Includes a text synopsis and original publication date for the books upon which the included episodes are based.
Includes text profiles for Tintin (5pp) and Snowy (1p).
This series is available on multi-disc sets in Region 1 and Region 2. There seems to be little between the various editions and there does not seem to be a direct comparison to this individual disc as the Region 1 version has a different configuration of episodes on each disc. There is a planned release of the individual disc in Region 2 in August. Call it a draw.
The video quality is quite good.
The audio quality is good.
The extras are quite minimal.
|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|