Postman Pat-Great Dinosaur Hunt (2003)

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Released 6-Apr-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Menu Animation & Audio
Game-Spot The Difference
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 60:14
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Chris Taylor
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ken Barrie
Archie Panjabi
Case Handle
RPI $19.95 Music Brian Daly
Martin Bohan
Bridget Appleby


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 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 : Postman Pat

    Title of Disc : Great Dinosaur Hunt

    Year of Production : 2004

    Country of origin : UK

    What's included? : 4 episodes.

    Episode Length : 15 minutes each

    Details of episodes : 

      1. Great Dinosaur Hunt - The kids go searching for dinosaurs after learning about them at school. The adults are making new playground equipment.
      2. Spotty Situation - Chicken Pox is spreading through the village.
      3. Big Butterflies - 2 rare butterflies have escaped from the local zoo.
      4. Greendale Movie - Pet gets a video camera and Mrs Goggins encourages him to make a video diary of the village.

    Style of Production : Puppet and computer animation

    Premise of show : Postman Pat is an English children's show which has been produced sporadically over the last 20 years or so. The first series was made in the early 1980s, followed by another series in the mid-1990s and now by a third series, made in 2004 and subsequently shown on the BBC. The series follows the adventures of a small village's postman, Pat Clifton, and his friends, neighbours and family. His constant companion is his cat, Jess. He also lives with his wife, Sarah and son Julian. Other featured characters include the lady who runs the Post Office, Mrs Goggins; the school teacher, Jeff Pringle; the local handy man, Ted Glen; a farmer, Alf Thompson and his wife; the local policeman, PC Selby and Ajay Bains, who runs the railway, and his wife Nisha, daughter Meera (who is Julian's best friend) and their other child, Nikeel.

    Age Group : 2-8

    Related to any other children's shows? : Not really

    Adult's view : Lovely gentle children's show with good adventures including interesting topics like pirates and dinosaurs.

    Child's view : Definitely a favourite with my kids, who always enjoy it.

    Other Releases of this show available? : There are four volumes of this show now available locally.

    Overall : Heartily recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio. The cover says it's 4x3 but this is incorrect.

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was excellent with no issues whatsoever.

    There are 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 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The music by Simon Woodgate is reasonable but the theme song by Brian Daly really stands out.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu included an introduction, stills and music, however only includes symbols which may be confusing, especially for children.

Game : Spot the Difference Game

    Spot the difference between two pictures. Very easy but there are four different pictures.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This disc has been released in the same format in Region 2.May as well get the local product.

Summary

    Four fun episodes of the new series of the classic English Children's show, Postman Pat.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The disc has only one simple game in the extras department..

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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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.
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SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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