Fireman Sam-Fun Run (2005)

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Released 4-May-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 50:20
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,6 Directed By Timon Dowdeswell
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Andrew Offiler
John Sparkes
Case Handle
RPI $19.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    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 : 

      1. Pizza Palaver - Bella gets a new Pizza oven delivered but the installation doesn't go smoothly.
      2. Fun Run - A village fun run is organised but this don't go well and the kids get lost.
      3. Trouble and Squeak - Norman is looking after the school pet, a mouse, for the holidays which leads to disaster.
      4. King of the Jungle - Norman thinks he's Tarzan.
      5. Norman's Invisible Friend - Norman invents a friend in order to get two serves of everything.

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

    None

Menu

    The menu was still but allowed for the ability to select episodes.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    A fun series for the pre-school set on a quality disc.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, August 15, 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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