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Click & Clack's As The Wrench Turns

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 300 minutes

Starring the voices of: Tom Magliozzi, Ray Magliozzi

Directed by: Tom Sito

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Scene Selections (6-8 Scenes per episode)

Released: September 30th, 2008

 

 

"Click & Clack's As The Wrench Turns" is presented in 1.78:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. Yes, you read that correctly: a widescreen series being presented without anamorphic widescreen in this day and age. It's certainly annoying, and I wonder why this took place. PBS seems to be hit and miss in this department, as some of their past shows and documentaries I've reviewed have been anamorphically encoded, and others have not. I wonder why... 

Anyway, once you get past the lack of resolution, the actual transfers are pretty decent. Slight edge enhancement, edge halos and noise are the only real flaws here. Otherwise, color saturation is pretty bold and doesn't smear, and detail is pretty good. The overall image quality is sharp, too. The transfers would probably rate a 4 if they were anamorphic, but I am going to have to knock this score down a half a point because they are not.

 

The 10 episodes feature English Stereo tracks, which are pretty simple and straightforward. All the voice acting comes in clear and easy to hear, while the Carl Finch/Brave Combo musical score sound pretty good through the limitations, too. Sound effects also add a little bit of splash with slight directional effects - namely with the car noises: clanks, horns honking, engines rumbling, etc. Fine and solid for what these tracks are. 

English closed captions are also included through your television.

 

Nothing. Which is too bad - I was hoping the Magliozzi brothers would talk about how they got talked into doing an animated series, and show how the series got rolling. 

 

This is probably one of the more bizarre spin-offs/brand extensions ever produced - who would have thought Tom and Ray Magliozzi would have their own animated sitcom? And on PBS no less? Nonetheless, the series is interesting - but also probably what you might expect (i.e. typical quirky supporting characters, for one thing). As a DVD though, it disappoints: no extras, and as with some PBS releases, a non-anamorphic widescreen presentations (blasphemy, at this point). Still, the curious, and all you "Car Talk" fans, might want to give this one a test drive.