Bananas in Pyjamas-Rock-A-Bye Bananas (1999)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Singing Time (23:09)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||50:00 (Case: 75)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Emma de Vries
|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|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The main programme is actually comprised of ten short episodes which go by the titles of:
Whilst the target audience will not bother what the heck this looks like technically, the report still has to be made - and a decent enough report it is too. It is not the sharpest transfer you will ever see, but it is generally reasonably sharp. It would appear that edge enhancement has been used to improve the definition a little, but this really is only an issue in Sneezing Time, where I found the enhancement annoying. Detail is not exactly wonderful, but then again the relatively simple sets used do not require much in the way of inspection anyway. It is functional enough and certainly there is enough detail to convey what is trying to be conveyed. Clarity is acceptable and there is no really serious issue with grain here at all. You can forget about worrying about the shadow detail, and low-level noise does not appear to be a problem in the transfer.
Whilst I would have expected a much brighter and more vibrant transfer than we have, in hindsight I guess that was an expectation that did not need to be met. The relatively limited colours on offer do not ask much of the transfer and what is given is enough to present the transfer well enough for the kids. It is pretty bright and cheery looking and that is all it needs to be. The colours are pretty solidly rendered and oversaturation and colour bleed are not a factor in the transfer.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer. There are consistent problems with shimmer in the transfer, with plenty of straight lines showing a distinct lack of solidity. That was the extent of the film-to-video artefacts in the transfer, but it is severe enough to affect the overall look. There did not appear to be any serious film artefacts in the transfer.
The dialogue comes up quite well in the transfer and is fairly clear and easy to understand. Traditional ideas about audio sync can be tossed out here as there is no real reference point with which to measure sync.
The contributed music comes from Chris Harriott generally, and obviously reaches no great heights - not that it was expected to.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is pretty much what was expected: serviceable without being especially memorable. There are no complaints about what we have here and it is free from any major problems. There is nothing in the way of bass or surround channel support.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515, using S-Video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega (80cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|