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Daytona Jones and the Pearl Of Wisdom
Running Time: 68 minutes
Retail Price: $19.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection
Released: September 9th, 2008
The episodes are in 1.33:1 full screen, and are plain and average. Dirt and blemishes actually pop up here and there, but what's most striking about these transfers is how they often look like a run-of-the-mill VHS dub. There's no sharpness to the image whatsoever, and often appears a bit on the faded and soft side. Noise is there too, but on the plus side, color saturation doesn't smear and detail can be pretty good at times. Really though, nothing impressive.
English Stereo is the only game in town, and given the age of these cartoons, the tracks aren't too bad. Granted, fidelity is average, and the large amount of sound effects (these are Batman, Robocop and Indiana Jones parodies, after all) lack a considerable amount of punch. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear though, and I did not detect any sort of hisses, pops or any sort of audio distortion. The musical cues - including that heavily synthed theme song that is sure to get under anyone's skin who's over the age of 10 - sound fine. Suitable tracks in all, and that's it.
English closed captions are available through your TV set.
I guess Alvin and his brothers have had a bit of a comeback after their live action movie made an insane amount of money at the box office. With that said, I assume this - and the other Alvin cartoon DVD releases out there - are meant to cash in on that success. I'm sure kids will be entertained by these cartoons, and probably those who are nostalgic for the 1980s Alvin series. The episodes are in decent shape, but the price is right. If you have Chipmunk fans in your family, then go nuts.