& Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games
(2014/Lionsgate Blu-ray w/DVD)/Justin
Time: Amazing Adventures!/Far
DVDs)/Peppa Pig: My
Birthday Party (2014/E1
DVD)/Tickety Tock: Spring
Chicks Time (2014/Anchor
Bay DVD)/The Winx Club:
The Complete Original Season 1
B- & C/C+/C+/C/C+ Sound: C+ (Alpha
Blu: B-) Extras: C-/D/C-/C/C- Main Programs: C-/C+/C+/C+/C+
are the latest children's titles, most of which continue the
adventures of characters we have already covered and been introduced
& Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games
(2014) is a too-soon third installment in the flat, dull and not
always well-animated tale of dog adventures that are not that amusing
or fun. This one wants to capitalize on The
but has hardly any references or possible references to those hits
and is more of the same from the debut release Alpha
(2010) I reviewed a while ago at this link:
break the sophomore jinx, they hid behind the holidays for Alpha
& Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure
(2013) which my fellow writer was more amused by at this link:
time, we get a slight, 45 minutes romp where the animals play games,
tell bad jokes, have bad dialogue and this feels more like a TV
special than a feature release. Dull and a little cynical, it is
best to think hard before considering this for your children.
include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and iTunes
capable devices, a trivia game and simple interactive game.
is here with three DVD singles that feature four double-tale episodes
At 92 minutes each. A pleasant series used to get young viewers
familiar with the world, the characters travel the world for
adventure and fun in a very child-friendly way that I found appealing
and interesting enough to recommend. This might even be a show on
the way to becoming a big hit, so we'll see.
are no extras.
Pig: My Birthday Party
the series with a 12-episode, 80 minutes DVD that is a healthy-enough
length and has the same fun as before with the characters having
fun... trying to have fun as they get together. Also charming enough
and child-friendly, this is a show on the upswing and quality
releases like this one can only help that situation.
would count the bonus episodes, but even if wee did not, we get brief
Tock: Spring Chicks Time
(2014) may have only 68 minutes of episodes (6 of them), but this too
is a fun, child-friendly show that like other train-based series,
makes traveling, learning and having fun just that. Quieter than
it mixes human characters with others (a dog train for instance) and
its quality is solid too.
are DVD-ROM printable Coloring & Activity Pages, while our
edition included a small kite assembly kit.
we have The
Winx Club: The Complete Original Season 1
(2003), which is all of this show and more than most people could
ever want to hope to see and hear, though its built-in audience
(young ladies) is the top target and it does just that. I am not
always happy with its attitude, but this set is not bad, though for
most people, a DVD single should do the trick for this franchise.
Also, it is fantasy-oriented, so that is something to consider for
better or worse. These 26 episodes add up to 9.5 hours!!!
booklet is the only extra.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on the Alpha
Blu-ray is barely and by default, the best-looking presentation on
the list, but the animation is soft and not so impressive, while the
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image DVD is worst, much softer and
ties the same presentation on Tickety
as the weakest on the list. The rest of the DVDs fall in between,
from the nice 1.33 X 1 color image on the Winx
episodes to the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on the rest.
sound is almost the same story, with the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mix on Alpha
the best mix
here by default, but it is sometimes harsh and even a little shrill,
so be careful of volume levels, something that plagues the lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD version. The
lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the rest of the DVDs can more than
compete as a result.