Sesame Street-Elmo's Potty Time (2006)

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Released 10-Jun-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 43:24 (Case: 45)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Emily Squires
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Christine Ferraro
Bill Barretta
Alison Bartlett
Fran Brill
Kevin Clash
Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Damian Hess
Roscoe Orman
Carmen Osbahr
Case ?
RPI ? Music Loren Toolajian
Mike Ungar
Leah Baker


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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

    Sesame Street is renowned for creating fun, educational content for children. In its 38th season, it is also one of the longest running TV programmes of all time.

    This disc is to help young children learn about toilet training. Elmo approaches the subject in a fun way that parents and children can enjoy.

    Young children will get a lot of enjoyment and learning from the presentation.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The PAL disc is presented at the original full frame aspect ratio of 1.29:1.

    Overall the picture quality is ok, but depending on the clip it can vary considerably. Newer clips look better, some of the older ones are showing their age.

    The picture is relatively sharp and for the most part looks pretty good except for some minor pixelation. There is no grain or low level noise. Black levels are good as are shadow details.

    Colours are bright and look good.

    Unfortunately, there are some considerable MPEG artefact issues. There tends to be a fair amount of aliasing which I found very distracting and disappointing. In some scenes it is almost unwatchable.

    There are no subtitles available.

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Audio

    There is only one audio track available, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).

    The audio is perfectly fine for this kind of presentation.

    Dialogue comes across loud and clear.

    The musical pieces sound good and balanced.

    The sync is fine.

    There is no surround or sub-woofer use, but the presentation is fine without them.

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Extras

   

    Interactive Storybook: Too Big for Diapers

    A lot of fun. We have the book, so the kids liked seeing it on TV too.

    Potty Certificate

    Printable certificate for kids once they are toilet trained.

    Previews (1:52)

    Previews for other Sesame Street releases.

R4 vs R1

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

    They look similar so let's call it a tie.

Summary

    Sesame Street is an enduring family classic. This DVD would make a welcome addition to any home with young children.

    The video is disappointing because of considerable aliasing issues.

    The audio is good.

    The special features are fun but short.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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