The Trumpet of the Swan (2000)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-City
DVD-ROM Extras-Who is Unique? - Game / Cut-out puppets / Colouring in pages
Game-Can You Guess The Sound?
Trailer-Stuart Little; Madeline
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Dutch Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Accompanied by a lively jazz-blues soundtrack and lacking some of the cloying sentimentality of some of its Disney rivals, Trumpet of the Swan is a guaranteed-hit, good clean fun for the toddlers to tens of the family - oh and I didn't mind watching it one bit either!
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The video is sharp and detailed. Most of the scenes are bright and well lit and being a cartoon, shadow detail is not an issue.
Colours are cheerful, vibrant and attractive, presented in a 2D, planar aspect. Being sourced from filmed picture story-boards, they lack the sophisticated mist, water and 3D effects of some of the digital computer generated imagery of the likes of some of the Pixar presentations. This in no way detracts from the charm or artistry evident in the presentation.
There were no significant MPEG artefacts discernible and the only film artefacts seen were fairly frequent inconspicuous black flecks and the occasional hair.
Subtitles are available in no less than 17 different languages, mostly European but with Arabic, Hebrew and Hindi thrown in for good measure.
The disc is single layered and thus has no transition pause.
There are three audio tracks, all Dolby Digital 5.1, recorded in English, Dutch and German.
The dialogue was very clear and principally ported to the centre speaker and thus separated from the frequent music score which was relayed to the front main speakers. Audio and lip synch appeared to be spot-on for the English track.
Music is credited to Marcus Miller (who also wrote some of Lethal Weapon 4's music and was voted bassist of the year in 1995 by Bass Magazine) and consists of a lively jazz original score interspersed with some of the old favourites such as When the Saints.... and songs performed by the voice talents and guest performers Little Richard and Kenya Hathaway.
The surrounds kicked into play during the sound effects with lively renditions of underwater gurgles (7:50), smashing glass (18:45) and a police chase (33:26). They were also used to provide a pleasing reverberation and background ambience during the frequent musical interludes.
|Surround Channel Use|
Trailers for Stuart Little and Madeline movies both with 5.1 audio in English for Madeline and English and German for Stuart Little.
The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
|DVD||Toshiba SD-900E, using RGB output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T50W1 (127cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||B&W 602 front/rear. B&W LRC6 Centre / Solid (AKA B&W) 500 SW|