The Wiggles-Wiggle Bay (2002)

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Released 26-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Childrens Trailer-The Wiggles-Space Dancing
Menu Animation & Audio
Gallery-Photo
Karaoke
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 41:16
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Nicholas Bufalo
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring The Wiggles
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music The Wiggles


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
English Song Lyrics
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, out-takes

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Plot Synopsis

    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).

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    The extras are slim.

Menu

    An animated menu, with Dolby Stereo audio.

Trailer - Wiggles Space Dancing

    The Wiggles' production line churns on, and as with their last DVD/Video, this release includes the trailer for their next DVD/Video.

Fun Photos

    Colour stills with Dolby Stereo audio.

Sing Along

    Subtitles appear in time with the song lyrics.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Thursday, October 31, 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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