Li'l Horrors-Volume 3: Send in the Clones (2000)
Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Audio-Only Track-Music Themes (8)
Featurette-Character Intros (11)
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This is the third disc in the L'il Horrors series - the review of the first disc is here. As I mentioned in my review of the second disc, the special features and the hidden extras are identical on all three discs, although the three questions that accompany each episode are different.
Send In The Clones (12:25): Duncan is accidentally cloned by Webster's new invention, but it is a newer, smarter version that turns out to be less than friendly.
Were-with All (12:25): A gentle portrayal of the evils of swap cards and the troubles they can cause.
Rock Shock (12:26): Some of the L'il Horrors form a rock group and rocket to stardom. Their crash is just as spectacular.
For Whom The Bell Tolls (12:27): Quasi learns that lying is not the best course.
The Magic Hat (12:26): Having your greatest wish come true may not be the best thing.
The show is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness is very good, particularly during close ups and medium shots. It losses a little detail on long shots. The shadow detail is excellent and there is no low level noise.
The colour is very good - rich bright colours throughout the disc with no chroma noise.
There is still the teeniest amount of pixelization present on very rare occasions but this does not really detract from the show.
There are no subtitles on this disc and this is a single layered disc.
Dialogue quality is excellent, with no problem understanding all that is said. Audio sync is accurate.
The theme music continues to entertain my son and is a good bit of fun.
There is no surround or subwoofer activity.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menus are very clever. The main menu has selections for each of the episodes across the bottom with 'play episode or answer questions' within each selection. As you press left or right on the remote to select a new episode one of the characters describes the episode and reads out the menu options. This is followed for each menu in the special features, with the characters describing what is available. The menus are very colourful and easy to navigate. As you return from each episode you are asked whether you wish to answer the questions or play the next episode. There are usually multiple ways to navigate each menu.
Each episode has a quick quiz section' three questions with multiple choice answers. Select the wrong one and the narrator tells you to try again. Select the right one and a quick clip is shown of the entire human and puppet crew dancing.
There are eight selections in this menu. You can select random play or a particular character to hear their theme music. Each theme lasts for an average of about 30 seconds.
Each character gets a chance to introduce themselves. These play in an inserted window and vary between 30 and 60 seconds in length.
Played as if the characters are real and are actors in the show. Kids will have a pretty good giggle at this one. Again played in a window and running for 30 to 60 seconds.
A quick description of the website and the link: www.lilhorrors.com
There are a series of Easter eggs accessible from each episode selection menu and from the special features menu. The following instructions assume that you have just changed to the episode selection menu for a particular episode and are on the default entry "Play episode". They are basically the same for each menu but not all the hidden bats lead anywhere. If you select one and press enter and nothing happens that particular entry is empty. There are also some repeats where the same material is played even though you selected it from a different place.
Go to the first episode: Press the up arrow and two small bats appear above the menu on the background. Press the up arrow again and the Li'l Horrors logo at the top lights up. Press enter to see the DVD credits.
Go to the first episode: Press the up arrow, press the left arrow, press the left arrow, and press enter for a 1:30 clip showing Vlad and Duncan doing their screen tests.
Go to the third episode: Press up arrow, right arrow, and enter. A very short clip from backstage.
Go the fourth episode: Press up arrow, left arrow, left arrow and enter. A shot of the classroom with the entire human crew.
Go to the fifth episode: Press up arrow, left arrow, and enter. A short clip showing Vlad being chewed out by the director.
Go to the Extras menu. Press the up arrow, the right arrow, the right arrow again and press enter. A short clip showing Duncan trying to feed his lunch to a cast member.
Go to the extras menu. Press up arrow, right arrow, right arrow, up arrow, and enter. A short clip showing Vlad talking to the crew.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
There does not appear to be a Region 1 version of this disc.
It is a shame that the value of these discs has been slightly lessened by the repeating extras. Other than this, they are great entertainment for 5 - 9 year olds.
The video is really good.
The audio is functional.
The extras are a repeat of the last two discs.
|DVD||Skyworth 1050p progressive scan, using RGB output|
|Display||Sony 1252Q CRT Projector, 254cm custom built 1.0 gain screen. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.|
|Speakers||B&W DM305 (mains); CC3 (centre); S100 (surrounds); custom Adire Audio Tempest with Redgum plate amp (subwoofer)|