PicturePresented in a full frame 4:3 ratio, the show reveals its age with a really lacklustre print. The opening sequence and closing credits look terrible, little better than a straight VHS conversion, but thankfully things do pick up in the episodes themselves. That said, we aren't talking textbook quality here, with an overall softness to the picture, some digital artefacts, and darker scenes occasionally lacking clarity. Colours are even throughout, although the blacks could be a little darker in places, and the skin tones look a touch too overcooked. All in all this looks very similar as to how I remember it looking when it was originally screened. Which is great for nostalgic value, less so in the digital age.
SoundSound is presented in a basic Dolby Digital 2.0 track. The R1 release had a 5.1 track, but in all honesty, this isn't a show that is going to benefit greatly from such an upgrade. Sound here is perfunctory; it's audible but thin and soft, with little of the crispness capable from the format. Whether that's down to shoddy source materials or lazy mastering is anyone's guess, but the end result is listenable but nothing more.
ExtrasAbsolutely nothing is offered supplement wise, which is a great shame. I'm sure there's a wealth of great information to be told about the creation of this show, but if the market isn't there to justify the outlay, then I guess we aren't going to hear any of it.
VerdictA wonderfully innovative and invigorating show, although this is aimed at children adults will find plenty to enjoy here. A spark of originality that shows how far down kids TV has plummeted in the interim thanks in no small part to the likes of Dawson and his cronies. This package is letdown somewhat by the fact this DVD release is perfunctory at best, with decidedly average AV quality and no supplements, but given the failure of the show, this is most probably about as good as it's going to get.
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