Mythbusters-Season 6 (2009)

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Released 5-Oct-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category TV Series None
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 1470
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (8)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Alice Dallow
Tabitha Lentle
Peter Rees
Andrew Farrell
Studio
Distributor
Beyond
Magna Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Custom Packaging
RPI $49.95 Music Neil Sutherland


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
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

     This marvellous show has been running since 2003 but personally I have only really started to watch it recently, and realised what a great family show I have been missing. It is amusing, exciting and educational all at the same time. The idea for the show was by an Australian producer, Peter Rees, who pitched it to Australian television and was turned down. It was picked up by Discovery Channel and has been incredibly popular ever since. The two main presenters, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, both stunt and special effects experts, didn't completely believe the show would work when it first started either.

     Anyway, the latest release here in Australia is referred to as Season 6 (although it seems to overlap heavily with what has been released as Season 7 in the US). Anyway it contains 8 discs featuring 30 episodes which were first shown in the US between late 2009 and early 2011. These episodes feature the team which has been together for a few seasons now, Jamie and Adam plus Tory Bellaci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara. Also, while Kari goes off on maternity leave for a few episodes early in this set she is replaced by Jessie Combs. Bizarrely, she is introduced in the second episode after already appearing in the first episode. The episodes here seem to be in a different order to episode lists I can find online.

     For those of you who have not been introduced to the concept of this show, it involves a team of special effects experts, robotics experts, builders, steel fabricators, etc., trying to determine whether or not things which are said to work or have happened are really possible. Examples from these shows include whether a bullet can light a match as it is fired across the tip and whether you can put your hand in molten lead without burning it. There are lots of other tests to see whether things done in movies and television are really possible or not. One episode here even features Barack Obama! It is a great show and despite some queasy moments is fun for a family viewing. My young boys love it.

     Highly Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good. The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail was quite good. The colour is very good with no major issues to report.

     There were some occasional mild compression artefacts and some minor aliasing.

     There are no subtitles.

    There are no obvious layer changes.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good. This disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kb/s).

     Dialogue was generally easy to understand mostly however subtitles would certainly have been helpful at times.

     The music features the theme tune which is quite catchy.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.

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Extras

     No extras.

Menu

       The menu was featured music and some animated motion.


 

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Summary

       A fun and exciting science based experimentation show.

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

      No extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, November 05, 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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