Deltora Quest-Collection 3: Escape from the Monster Vraal! (2007)

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Released 10-Nov-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 264:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Mitsuru Hongo

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $19.95 Music Kô Ôtani

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Title of Show : Deltora Quest (Derutora kuesuto)

    Title of Disc : Collection 3

    Year of Production : 2006 onwards

    Country of origin : Japan

    What's included? :  Episodes 26-37 of the series.

    Episode Length : About 23 minutes each. (264:00 in total)

    Style of Production : Anime style, originally in Japanese (Dubbed English here for the Cartoon Network). The creatures seem to have been done with CGI.

    Premise of show : Closely based on the extremely popular set of children's fantasy adventure books by Emily Rodda, Deltora Quest follows the adventures of Leif, a 16yo blacksmith's son, who is given the remains of a magical belt by his father. He must return the belt to its former condition by getting back the seven jewels which used to be on it. Once these jewels are restored the belt will be a powerful weapon to free the land, Deltora, from the rule of the evil Shadow Lord. He is accompanied on his mission by his older protector Barda and a free spirited girl from the Forest of Silence, Jasmine. The jewels have been spread around the kingdom and are guarded by a variety of creatures who must be defeated by the trio. Can they defeat the creatures, recover the jewels and defeat the Shadow Lord?

    Age Group : 7-12

    Related to any other children's shows? : Not really but many in the age group will be aware of the books.

    Adult's view : This is a quality fantasy adventure story based very closely on a quality set of children's books. Well worth a look certainly for fans of the books.

    Child's view : My young boys have really enjoyed these episodes and are very keen to see the next set of episodes. They recommend it highly.

    Other Releases of this show available? : There are four sets in total.

    Overall : A very faithful version of the books in Anime. Supposedly the author would only sell the rights to people who agreed to stick very closely to the books.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good, with no obvious flaws. The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is not the original aspect ratio. It is my understanding that this show was made for widescreen.

     The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. The colour was very good.

     There were no obvious artefacts.

    There are no subtitles.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     The audio quality is good. This DVD contains a dubbed English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

     Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand and the audio sync is obviously nothing special as this is a dubbed English soundtrack.

     The surround speakers were not really used except for mild atmosphere. The subwoofer does not have much to do.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Nothing really


     The menu was still but had music. It allowed for episode selection.


     Madman trailers for other animated children's shows.

R4 vs R1

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

     This seems to be the first global release of this show in English. There are a series of DVDs available for the original Japanese series but these seem to be in Japanese. Region 4 wins.


     The very popular children's books by Emily Rodda have been made into an anime series. Fans of the books will love this.

     The video quality is very good. The audio quality is good.

    No proper extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, September 26, 2011
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into BD player. 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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