Fireman Sam-Fun Run (2005)
|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,6||Directed By||Timon Dowdeswell|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Title of Show : Fireman Sam
Title of Disc : Fun Run
Year of Production : 2003
Country of origin : UK
What's included? : 5 episodes
Episode Length : approx. 10 minutes each
Details of episodes :
Style of Production : Puppet animation
Premise of show : The series follows the adventures of the residents of the town of Pontypandy in Wales which seems to have an inordinate amount of situations which require help from the Fire Department. Obviously the lead character is Fireman Sam, the local fire fighting hero and all round good guy. The other firefighters include the slightly dopey Elvis Criddlington, Penny Morris and their boss Station Officer Steele. A new addition to the fire service is a rescue helicopter, Wallaby One, flown by the intrepid Aussie Tom Thomas. The townsfolk who need rescuing include Bella Lasagne, who runs an Italian restaurant, and Dilys Price, who runs the local general store. The main source of business for the fire station is the town's kids; Norman Price, Dilys' son; Mandy and the twins Sarah & James (niece & nephew of Sam). Each episode generally sees someone getting into trouble and being rescued by the fire service.
Age Group : 2-8
Related to any other children's shows? : Not really
Adult's view : Good children's show which has good stories but also subtly teaches fire dangers and the importance of not lying.
Child's view : My boys enjoy the music and the show but the older one is a little wary of the fires.
Other Releases of this show available? : There are four volumes of this show now available locally with another one being released soon. I have previously reviewed two other discs.
Overall : Heartily recommended.
The video quality is excellent but a bit odd when compared to previous releases.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1/1.36:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is different to previous releases which were 1.75:1 widescreen. The kids won't be overly worried but it's a bit odd. Two episodes are 1.33:1 and the other three are 1.36:1 windowboxed.
The picture was very clear and sharp throughout with no evidence of low level noise.
The colour was wonderful, rich and solid throughout.
There were no noticeable artefacts.
There are no subtitles.
The audio quality is very good.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 256 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The music is a lot of fun and the theme tune really sticks in the head, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your point of view.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was still but allowed for the ability to select episodes.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is available in the same format in Region 2 but not in Region 1.
|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|