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Jack and the Beanstalk
and other fairytale adventures
Running Time: 100 minutes
Retail Price: $19.99
Features: Interactive Games, Music Videos, Printable Activities & Coloring Pages, Resources For Parents
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo, English Closed Captions
Released: July 28th, 2009
"Super Why!" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. I'm pretty sure kids are not anal about video quality, but if you're a videophile of a parent, then be rest assured that the cartoons are top-notch transfers. Colors are bold, bright and well saturated — and don't smear in the slighest (kids will certainly take to this, and it is quite pleasing to the eye). Detail is pretty good, and the animation looks smooth. The only real flaw is the noise that pops up, but it's not really distracting. Very nice, indeed.
"Super Why!" also features stereo tracks for its respective cartoons. Dialogue is crisp and clear, the theme music and other musical cues sound pretty sharp and sound effects — while limited in directional effects — do make a bit of an impression. All the sound elements blend nicely together, and fidelity is pretty high to boot. Again, kids won't care as long as they can hear what's going on — but let it be known that Mommy and Daddy's home theater won't be getting any kind of workout.
English closed captions are available through your television.
And what is this, the year 2000? The DVD has extensive DVD-ROM features. Stick the disc in a computer, and there are four Games to choose from: "Rhyme N' Roll," "Superhero," "Alpha-Bricks" and "Storybook Creator!" Parents can also download PDF files that gives information on the series, plus activities (including a word find and coloring pages) for kids based on the tales featured on the DVD.
Kids and their parents should enjoy "Super Why!", as this release focuses on classic children's tales and helps them build reading skills. The supplements are mainly DVD-ROM based, and the various games and activities should go a long way in expanding the imagination and learning for kids. This DVD should fit the bill for the young ones who watch the show on PBS, or for parents looking for decent edutainment.