Teletubbies-Here Comes the Teletubbies/Dance with the Teletubbies (2000)

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Released 3-Oct-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 114:37
RSDL / Flipper RSDL Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By David Hiller
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring The Teletubbies
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music Andrew McCrorie-Shand


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Norwegian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, credits crawl along the bottom of the screen

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Plot Synopsis

    Teletubbies: Dance With The Teletubbies (52:45) and Here Come The Teletubbies (61:52) provide two lengthy doses of this popular British children's program on DVD.

    The two titles that make up this DVD each have their own theme. In the former, the Teletubbies learn a number of fun dances, and in the latter, the Teletubbies enjoy various adventures in Teletubbyland.

    As I outlined in my other Teletubbies review: "Anne Wood and Andy Davenport of Ragdoll Productions created the Teletubbies in 1997. While the BBC program, aimed at pre-schoolers, has proved to be very popular, it also continues to gather a lot of criticism. For example, the Teletubbies themselves are aged somewhere between one and two. They do not speak English, but speak in a sort of English-based toddler language. For example, they say "eh-oh" instead of "hello". They also make a number of other nonsensical toddler-sounds. This concerns a number of parents, as it may stump or confuse children learning to speak clearly. Also, the Teletubbies are all rather round, and this attracted criticism for encouraging little kids to be fat". For more information about the Teletubbies, you can click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/teletubbies/

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Transfer Quality

Video

    As with the other Teletubbies DVD, the transfer is taken from a recent broadcast television source, and it is problem-free. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full frame.

    The sharpness, black level, and shadow detail are all good. There is no low level noise.

    As one would expect, the image features bright primary colours. The colour is brilliant, and the flesh tones (in the live-action inserts) are accurate.

    There are no MPEG artefacts, no film-to-video artefacts and  no film artefacts to complain of. Very rarely, there is a slight shimmer on some objects, such as on the pipes in Here Come The Teletubbies at 5:25.

    There are no subtitles.

    This is an RSDL-formatted disc, but I did not spot the layer change. I assume that it is placed between titles.

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Audio

    There are five Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks on this DVD, including one in English

    It is impossible to comment on either the dialogue quality or the audio sync of the Teletubbies. However, during the live-action inserts, which feature real children, there were no problems.

    The music is credited to Andrew McCrorie-Shand, and it encompasses a variety of styles.

    As a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track without surround encoding, there is no surround presence and activity, and no subwoofer action.

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Extras

   There are no extras.

Menu

   An animated menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio

R4 vs R1

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

    This DVD has not been released in Region 1.

Summary

    I have a two-year-old son who loves the Teletubbies and he enjoys this DVD, particularly Dance With The Teletubbies, which has him up and grooving around the room.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is reasonable.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Saturday, September 14, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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