Bindi: The Jungle Girl-Episodes 1-4 (2007)
|Category||Childrens||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||2007|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||John Stainton|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Varies||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
My four-year-old daughter loves Bindi Irwin's TV series; it's a great mixture of animal facts and footage captured in the wild. Bindi presents the show from her tree-house, where she lives with her pets which include a Koala and a Cockatoo. In the first episode, Bindi gives us a quick tour and introduces us to all of her pets. "Look, here's my pet black-headed python that I sleep with...", and so-on. Along with her baby brother Bob, it must get pretty crowded in there.
Bindi's show includes a lively mix of international and Australian wildlife, as well as musical interludes and dancing with her all-singing, all-dancing troupe of Crocmen. Steve Irwin features prominently in both stock footage and in the studio with his daughter now and then. There is some focus on endangered species, but the show also includes common species too.
Not long ago, I heard a fellow parent describe Bindi as "an obnoxious know-it-all", but I disagree. I think at Bindi's age, all kids have a whiney, "my dad says" kind-of attitude. Besides, the broad range of info offered here for kids far out-weighs any such shortcomings. Bindi also seems to have inherited some of her mother's American twang, which can be a bit surprising to begin with.
This DVD is essentially a compilation of the first four episodes of the series, each running for just over twenty minutes.
This is a fantastic nature series for kids of primary-school age.
This video transfer is on a par with your average standard definition digital broadcast. The image is presented in an 1.78:1 aspect, with 16x9 enhancement. Some of the archive footage of Steve Irwin is of a 1.33:1 aspect, and this is presented with colourful pillar boxing to fill the widescreen aspect.
The video is quite soft, particularly so on a big screen, with no major issues to report. Detail is as good as you would expect from an SD transfer. Colours are nice and bright, with not a single blemish to be seen.
MPEG compression is generally well controlled, with no dire blocking visible on a big screen. Mild haloing can be seen on foreground objects, but on a smaller display that will be much less of an issue. Some persistent compression grain can be seen on occasion.
Optional English subtitles are provided, and seem to be accurate.
This disc is single-layered (DVD5 format).
There's only one audio option; Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, encoded at 256Kb/s.
Vocals are always clear and distinct, while the musical passages are nice and bright. There are no sync issues.
The soundtrack is a decent stereo mix, active and involving, with great use of the stereo soundfield.
The subwoofer and surround channels are not supported.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The transfer is good.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Denon DVD-3910, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sanyo PLV-Z2 WXGA projector, Screen Technics Cinemasnap 96" (16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Denon AVR-3806 (7.1 Channels)|
|Speakers||Orpheus Aurora III floor-standing Mains and Surrounds. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Center. Mirage 10 inch powered sub.|