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The Very First Alvin Show
Running Time: 66 minutes
Retail Price: $16.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection
Released: September 8th, 2009
The episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, and there's not much to say about them. The image quality varies: one of the episodes is the 1990 special and has live action segments, another is the very first Alvin cartoon from the 1960s (which looks better). Not that expecting a clean-up of the episodes was a realistic proposition, but scratches, dirt and blemishes do come up pretty often. The image quality is on the soft side, and appears a bit faded. Noise is a little bit of an issue, while colors are a bit blah and detail is just decent. Watchable, but nothing else.
The English Stereo tracks are no great shakes - I did detect some hissing. Stereo effects are pretty non-existent when it comes to the sound effects. The songs featured in the episodes sound pretty decent, while dialogue is easy to hear. You can hear what's going on, but sometimes things are on the rough side.
English closed captions are available through your TV set.
Riding the wave of the successful
2007 feature, this DVD puts the Chipmunks at their roots. The release doesn't offer much presentation
wise, but nostalgia - or turning others on to what you watched as a kid
- can be priceless. Or at least worth the disc's retail price.