Deltora Quest-Collection 3: Escape from the Monster Vraal! (2007)
|Year Of Production||2007|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Mitsuru Hongo|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Pan & Scan||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was still but had music. It allowed for episode selection.
Madman trailers for other animated children's shows.
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.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp 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 Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|