Relic Hunter-Season 1-Volumes 1-3 (1999)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||516:12 (Case: 515)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Relic Hunter is the kind of TV series that can very easily go unnoticed. I have only recently discovered this series made between 1999 and 2002 and have been very pleasantly suprised at the quality of the light weight entertainment it offers. The series ran for only three seasons, a total of 66 episodes, and was inspired by the video game Tomb Raider, but in execution it becomes more a female version of Indiana Jones.
The video quality of the three discs is uniformly very good, although image quality has vastly improved since 1999.
The twelve episodes are presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio, Relic Hunter having been made prior to the advent of widescreen television and 16x9 enhancement.
The transfers are very clear and clean, although not as brilliantly sharp as we see in today's television productions.
Detail is extremely good, as in Sydney's cluttered office. Shadow detail is also very good, and there are plenty of dark and dingy places encountered by the two archaeologists.
The colour is generally a little muted, which gives a more realistic look to the, at times, fantastic goings on.This palette is carried over into the costuming of the two leads, muted browns and greens particularly suited to Tia Carrere's colouring.
The only real problem found with the image resulted from Noise Reduction. This occurred fairly regularly throughout the episodes, with one particular instance noted in Bowl of Buddha (42.30) and on greenery, especially during camera movement.
The discs are dual layered with the changes occurring between episodes.
The audio on this disc is a pleasant surprise.
There is only one audio track, English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded.
All dialogue emanates from the centre channel, with the front speakers utilsed for directional sound effects and music. The directional sound is used extensively, particularly in crowd scenes and scenes in crypts and tombs with clanging doors and other sources of ominous and threatening sounds. The rear speakers have an equally busy time with a seemingly continuous flow of information from the very well reproduced music score to sifting sand, flickering flames, elevator noises, crowd sounds, and other clangs and bumps associated with sliding stone doors, tombs and crypts. The surround environment most definitely contributes to the enjoyment of the series.
The dialogue was clear and always easy to understand. There were no sync problems.
The music score by Donald Quan has already been mentioned. This single composer scored all sixty-six episodes of the three seasons of Relic Hunter, and judging from the episodes on these discs, his accomplishment is quite remarkable. Ranging from a jazzy-bluesy 1930s Chicago to ancient China and just about everything in between, the music is entertaining and is another plus for the series, especially with such good use being made of the surround channels.
Subtitles are provided in English and English for the Hearing Impaired, and were accurate. The Hearing Impaired titles also add the speaker's name if the speaker is off-camera.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are no extras with this set.
The information below applies to each disc in the set.
All menu screens are 16x9 enhanced.
The main menu design is extremely basic.Over a silent still of Tia Carrere there are three options:
The Episode Selection option leads to a second still of Tia Carrere with the four episodes on that disc listed.
Clicking on the title of an individual episode brings up a third screen with two stills of Tia Carrere and a listing of the ten chapters in that episode.
Clicking Languages brings up the only language offered, English, and a choice between subtitles in English or English for the Hearing Impaired.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Relic Hunter is no longer available in Region 1. Second hand copies of releases from other regions are expensive.
In Region 2 only compilations of some "best of" episodes are available.
Australia is the only country in which complete seasons are available.
|DVD||Onkyo-SP500, using Component output|
|Display||Philips Plasma 42FD9954/69c. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080i.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Speakers||VAF DC-X fronts; VAF DC-6 center; VAF DC-2 rears; LFE-07subwoofer (80W X 2)|