The Wiggles-Wiggle Bay (2002)
Trailer-The Wiggles-Space Dancing
Menu Animation & Audio
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Nicholas Bufalo|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, out-takes|
Wiggle Bay is the latest DVD off the Wiggles' DVD/Video production line.
After the Wiggles (Anthony Field, Greg Page, Jeff Fatt, and Murray Cook), and their friends, Captain Feathersword (Paul Paddick), Dorothy the Dinosaur (Corinne O'Rafferty), Wags the Dog (Andrew McCourt), and Henry the Octopus (Kristy Talbot), become marooned on Wiggle Bay, they decide to enjoy the experience. Much singing, dancing, and playing follows, and they even make new friends, such as Magdalena the Mermaid (Naomi Wallace).
The transfer quality is that of broadcast television, although the image suffers a little with the harshness that comes from being shot under natural light. Interestingly, through poor direction, composition, and camera work, the image often appears to be pan & scan. For example, in group shots, the dancers to either side of screen are often partially cropped out.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full-frame.
The sharpness is good, but the shadow detail is a little variable.
As one would expect, the colour is excellent, and the production features the use of many bright primary colours.
MPEG and film artefacts are not a problem. Aliasing appears as a slight shimmer at times, but it is never distracting.
There are English subtitles, which are accurate.
This is a single-sided, single-layered, disc.
There is one audio option on this DVD: English Dolby Stereo.
The dialogue quality is fine, but the audio sync is often slightly out, for example at 5:28.
The music is provided by the Wiggles, and includes the songs: Wiggle Bay, Swim Like A Fish, and Dancing In The Sand. Frankly, the songs on this production are not up to their usual standard.
There is no surround presence or subwoofer activity.
|Surround Channel Use|
The extras are slim.
An animated menu, with Dolby Stereo audio.
The Wiggles' production line churns on, and as with their last DVD/Video, this release includes the trailer for their next DVD/Video.
Colour stills with Dolby Stereo audio.
Subtitles appear in time with the song lyrics.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Wiggle Bay has not been released on DVD in Region 1.
I think that the quality of the Wiggles' productions are starting to slip. For a start, this production is very short, and as with their last release, there are very few choreographed dances. Of more serious concern, the quality of their songs seems to have dried up over the last two releases, and virtually none of them are catchy or memorable. Unlike their early videos/DVDs, my three-year-old son grew bored with this one after just two viewings.
The video quality is slightly disappointing but still very watchable.
The audio quality is very good albeit quite front-heavy.
The extras are slim.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|