Bindi: The Jungle Girl-Episodes 1-4 (2007)

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Released 2-Oct-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 89:48
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By John Stainton
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Bindi Irwin
Steve Irwin
Terri Irwin
Robert Irwin
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Mark McDuff


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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).

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu page is static, with a brief audio clip from the show's theme.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title is only available in Region 4 at the moment.

Summary

    Bindi The Jungle Girl is informative, energetic kids' entertainment.

    The transfer is good.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910, using HDMI output
DisplaySanyo 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 DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-3806 (7.1 Channels)
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora III floor-standing Mains and Surrounds. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Center. Mirage 10 inch powered sub.

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