Bakugan Battle Brawlers-Volume 1 (2007)

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Released 5-Nov-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Trading Card
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 110:05 (Case: 115)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Mitsuo Hashimoto
Studio
Distributor
Cartoon Network
Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Neil Parfitt
Masashi Furukawa
Richard Spence-Thomas


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None 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 Yes
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Title of Show : Bakugan Battle Brawlers

    Title of Disc : Volume 1

    Year of Production : 2007

    Country of origin : Canada / Japan

    What's included? :  5 episodes of the first series.

    Episode Length : About 22 minutes each.

    Details of episodes : 

This DVD contains 5 episodes as follows

      1. The Battle Begins
      2. Masquerade Ball
      3. A Feud Between Friends
      4. Dan and Drago
      5. Runo Rules!

    Style of Production : Animation

    Premise of show : If you have ever seen Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon you know what to expect here. It is probably closest to Yu-Gi-Oh. In short this is a show designed to sell the toys which are a card and battle based fantasy game. The show is essentially an animated version of kids playing the game with a bit of added 'It's all real' subplot. The game involves little balls which when they land on the provided magnetic cards spring open. Then the players can compare their strengths and determine who wins. Each episode basically animates a 'battle' between two human characters.

    Age Group : 4-8

    Related to any other children's shows? : Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon are very similar.

    Adult's view : Painful for adults but the kids love it. The animation is pretty average.

    Child's view : Little boys enjoy this due to the links to the toys which are very popular in the under 10 age group.

    Other Releases of this show available? : This is the first local release of the show.

    Overall : Kids like this show but honestly, it is a thinly disguised advertisement for the toys..

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout without being crisp, with no evidence of low level noise.

    The colour was quite good but somewhat dull compared to similar shows.

    There are subtitles in English.

     

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not obviously used.

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Extras

    None except a game card.

Menu

    The menu was still and included music.

Trading Card

    A card for using to play the game is included in the case.

 

 

R4 vs R1

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

     This disc is the same in Region 1 but does not seem to include the card. Region 4 is the go.

Summary

    The kids love it but this is a thinly disguised advertisement for the toys.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    Only extra is a trading card.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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DisplayLG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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