Mr. Bean-Volume 1: The Amazing Adventures of Mr. Bean (1989)

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Released 18-Jun-1999

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Booklet
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1989
Running Time 59
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By John Howard Davies

Starring Rowan Atkinson
Case Super Jewel
RPI $36.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English 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 German
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I'm sure that you are fully aware of who Mr Bean is. Indeed, I doubt that you would be reading this review if you weren't. In case you are not aware of who Mr. Bean is, Mr. Bean is an essentially silent physically comic character created and performed by Rowan Atkinson. Mr. Bean is awkward, clumsy, mean, stingy and stupid. Mr. Bean is hysterically funny to watch, though the act is starting to wear a little thin now.

    This DVD is a compilation of early episodes of Mr. Bean, datin from 1989 to 1990. The following skits are included;

From Mr. Bean

From The Return of Mr. Bean

Bonus Skit

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Transfer Quality


    This transfer is acceptable, but not great. The quality varies with the age of the episodes. The earlier episodes are of worse quality than the later episodes.

    The transfer is presented at the Full Frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (4:3). The transfer is, of course, not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is variably sharp, with the earlier episodes being of considerably less resolution than the later episodes. Nonetheless, all of the episodes are in at least an acceptable state. Shadow detail was passable, though certainly not great, and little low level noise is present.

    The colours were acceptably rendered. Once again, the older episodes were visibly inferior to the newer episodes, but they were all of an acceptable quality.

    A few MPEG artefacts were seen, consisting mainly of blocking and a loss of background detail, however you needed to be looking hard for them to spot them. A considerable amount of aliasing is present at times, but this rarely intrudes into the viewing experience. Occasional video artefacts are also present, consisting of the odd tape drop-out here and there.


    There is only one audio track on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 2.0. The skits from the original series are presented in mono, whereas the skits from the return series are presented in stereo.

    There is little dialogue, but what there is is readily understandable. Bean is not a show which relies heavily on dialogue at all.

    There are no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The score is standard Bean.

     The surround channels were not used.

    The .1 channel was not used.


    This disc is essentially bereft of extras.


    The menu design is basic and themed appropriately. Navigation is no problem.


    This is a reasonable booklet which has disc contents and some biographical information on it.

R4 vs R1

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

    There is no exact equivalent of this DVD in Region 1. Region 1 have a solitary DVD available with 11 Mr Bean skits included.


    If you are a Bean fan, then you will not be disappointed with The Amazing Adventures of Mr Bean.

    The video quality is passable.

    The audio quality is acceptable.

    The extras are very limited.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Wednesday, July 07, 1999
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