Adventures of Tintin, The: Remastered (Blu-ray) (1990)

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Released 30-Nov-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 840
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (5)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Stéphane Bernasconi
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Colin O'Meara
David Fox
Susan Roman
Wayne Robson
John Stocker
Vernon Chapman
Dan Hennessey
Maureen Forrester
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Ray Parker Jr.
Tom Szeczseniak
Stéphane Bernasconi


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Linear PCM 48/24 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
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

     Some time ago (more than 5 years actually), I reviewed one disc of the DVD release of this Canadian television series, The Adventures of Tintin which was made in 1991 and is considered by many fans to be the best adaptation of Tintin, certainly for television. Subsequently, I purchased the full box set of this series, encompassing all 21 adventures which were made. Now, with the release of the new computer animated feature film from Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson, this series is being re-released on Blu-ray, which I am reviewing here.

     As most fans would already know this series covers 21 of the Herge graphic novels, leaving out three with questionable story lines. There have been other Tintin stories written for movies and then subsequently released as books however this series sticks to the original books by Herge. Most of the stories are told over two episodes of approximately 23 minutes each, however three contain only one episode. Therefore the total series is 39 episodes telling 21 stories. On these discs the two episode stories are selected as one title from the menu (although you can get to the individual ones through scene selection). If you haven't seen this series before it is a good telling of the stories but the Canadian accents may be off-putting for some viewers. The set is packaged in one slightly expanded Blu-ray case, housing the five discs.

     The content then is essentially the same as the DVD set with some important differences, namely;

    A decision to purchase this set if you already own the DVDs will probably hinge on your view about cropping of originally 4x3 material to fit a widescreen television. Personally, I hate it and therefore find it hard to unreservedly recommend this set despite some improvements in colour, video clarity and audio.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is a step up from the DVD version however has been cropped to 1.78:1.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is NOT the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p, encoded using AVC. The image here has been cropped top and bottom losing quite a bit of picture information in order to fill the screen of a widescreen television. My opinion is that this is just as bad as taking a widescreen film and pan and scanning it to 4x3 as happened in the bad old days of early DVD. This deserves a one star reduction in overall video score as per our site policy.

     The picture was nicely clear and sharp throughout only restricted by the source material I would guess. We cannot expect hand drawn animation from 1991 to look as good on Blu-ray as the latest computer animated blockbusters.

     The colour was generally excellent, a big improvement over the previous DVD release. The only issue I noticed was that sometimes Tintin's face was quite orange but I would guess this is a function of the source rather than the transfer.

     Despite improvements in video quality over the DVD as mentioned above, there were still quite a lot of white specks, however, this would be due to the condition of the source I would guess. There were also a few moments where the image jumped a little, probably telecine related.

     There are no subtitles available, which is a shame for the hearing impaired.

     There are no obvious layer changes during playback.

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Audio

     The audio quality is a good improvement over the DVD release.

     This disc contains an English soundtrack in LPCM 48/24 2.0. Dialogue was very clear and easy to hear and understand, an improvement over the DVD release (even though that was pretty good for DVD).

     The music sounds better on this Blu-ray release, really driving the excitement of the stories.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    No extras, not even the poor ones on the DVD set.

Menu

    The menu is very simple and silent. Even the DVD menu had some music.

R4 vs R1

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

    This set is available in the same format in the UK.

Summary

     A re-release on the 1991 Tintin television series in high definition.

     The video quality is very good but only has been cropped to widescreen.

     The audio quality is very good.

     No extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
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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