Noddy-Noddy Saves Christmas (1998)

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Released 7-Nov-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Song Lyrics-Sing-a-long
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1998
Running Time 59
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Sean McCann
Katie Boland
Kyle Kassardjian
Max Morrow
Teryl Rothery
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music Stacey Hersh
Gail Harvey
John Medland


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This disk is a collection of 4 episode of the more recent CGI version of the classic Noddy TV series. All your favourite characters are in these episodes, Noddy, Big Ears, Dina Doll, Master Tubby, Mr Plod and the Goblins. This particular collection features the title show which is almost a 'feature-length' episode, given that it runs for 25 minutes compared to the usual 10!

    The episodes on this disk are:

    - Noddy Saves Christmas- Santa's magic time-stopping clock is broken and he won't be able to deliver toys to all the girls and boys...unless Noddy and Big Ears help him

    - Noddy's House of Cards - Noddy builds a house of cards and faces a few problems after that

    - A Surprise for Tessie Bear - Tessie Bear is rather sad and all the toys in Toyland try to cheer her up...

    - Noddy's Special Treat - Noddy wins a trip to the seaside but needs to choose someone to go along with him

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video is presented in 4:3 fullscreen.

    The picture is sharp at all times and exhibits very good shadow details and no visible trace of grain or low level noise.

    Colour is rich and vibrant. There is no trace of colour bleed or oversaturation.

    There is some slight aliasing on diagonal lines and closely spaced lines, but nothing major.

    Perhaps surprisingly there are no subtitles, not even for hard-of-hearing.

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Audio

    Audio is provided in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.

    Dialogue is clear at all times and in sync with the onscreen characters as much as you could expect in an animated show.

    The music is bright and cheery and includes a song in just about every episode, with an extra long song in the title feature.

    The sound was reasonably well spread across the front speakers but the rear surround channels weren't used at all.

    The subwoofer chimed in on low notes in the music, though of course it wasn't fed by its own 0.1 LFE channel.

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Extras

    Menu Audio and Animation

    Some scenes and music from the show were shown in the menu background.

    There was just the one extra included on this disk:

    Sing-a-Long - This is just the song from the title feature presented with on-screen lyrics so you can sing along.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disk doesn't appear to have been released in R1.

Summary

    I like this series, compared to many of the TV shows for kids at present. It has reasonably interesting stories, without ever having to resort to violence, gadgets, monsters or suchlike. It preserves a childlike innocence and is just good clean fun and looks somehow fresh and appealing. This particular release only has 4 episodes, whilst some of the other releases have featured 6 episodes. However, the title episode on this disk is 25 minutes long.

    The video and audio quality on this release were good. The extras were limited to just the sing-a-long.

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© Satish Rajah (don't read my bio!)
Monday, September 03, 2007
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-344 Multi-Region, using Component output
DisplaySony KV-XA34M31 80cm. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2801
SpeakersMain: Mission 753; Centre: Mission m7c2; rear: Mission 77DS; Sub: JBL PB10

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