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The Adventures of Tintin [Blu-ray]

Stéphane Bernasconi    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Stéphane Bernasconi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DZ1X12
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,590 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Tintin is the world's most famous boy reporter. With his faithful dog Snowy at his side, the intrepid pair travel the globe to investigate exciting cases.

Along the way they encounter a colourful cast of characters who have become familiar to generations of children and adults: Captain Haddock, Thompson and Thomson, Professor Calculus and Oliveira da Figueira among many others.

All 21 episodes of the 1991-1992 animated series have been re-mastered in HD.

Includes;
The Crab With The Golden Claws
The Secret Of The Unicorn
Red Rackham's Treasure
The Cigars Of The Pharaoh
The Blue Lotus
The Black Island
The Calculus Affair
The Shooting Star
The Broken Ear
King Ottokar's Sceptre
Tintin In Tibet
Tintin And The Picaros
Land Of Black Gold
The Red Sea Sharks
Flight 714
The Seven Crystal Balls
The Prisoners Of The Sun
Tintin In America
The Castafiore Emerald
Destination Moon
Explorers On The Moon


Customer Reviews

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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I grew up with Tintin books, and these films come pretty close to the unique, almost magical feeling of the stories, and the artwork.

However, in this edition, in DVD as well as blu-ray, the series is not presented in the 4:3 (1.33:1) aspect ratio, the way they were originally broadcase, but in 16:9 widescreen, for which the top and bottom of the image were removed.

This feels even worse than the former habit of cutting widescreen into 4:3 format in the early days of home video.

This gives the compositions a cramped, claustrophobic feeling, with not enough headroom, with parts of the heads cut off. The compositions were very well thought-out, in fact, often, the original compositions from the books were directly transposed. But this gets lost here. On back of the DVD box it says, the aspect ratio is full frame, 4:3. The episodes, however are not. I will contact amazon about this, that they must clearly indicate the 16:9 aspect ratio, for the DVDs in particular.

The box, by the way, is stunning, with the image of Tintin and his dog rendered in 3D via holograph. Moreover, the the quality of the DVDs is so fantastic, that I first thought, I must have been sent the blu-rays in a dvd box, hence the cropping. But they are the DVDs alright, in excellent image and sound quality.

I recommend this set, if you are not bothered by the cropping of the image. The price is a real bargain.
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Update 9 March 2012: I contacted amazon about this misrepresentation of the aspect ratio, and they consequently corrected this error. I'll leave my review up for a while, because that vital information in not desplayed in the product details, but further down in the product.

Amazon's reaction to my complaint was excemplary.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
When I saw this box set on the shelves, I was immediately captivated and felt like a little child again. When I remember Tintin, I remember so many things. For one thing, it was a more mature cartoon. There were acts of violence, extreme peril, gunfights, drug smugglers... Tintin really was like Indiana Jones mixed with the typical reporter stereotype. The characters and locations are fantastic. From Marlinspike Hall to the moon.

Tintin himself is an intrepid reporter who is multi-talented to the extreme, with a deadly haymaker punch (which tends to knock out bad guys in one single strike) and a universal driving licence. We have Snowy, who's Tintin's adorable dog, present in each adventure. He is silly but extremely loyal. Often he alerts others to Tintin's weakened state or chews through his ropes. Captain Haddock on the other hand is a recovering alcoholic. Originally introduced as a heavy drinker but later he is able to remain sober (at least most of the time). Haddock is fantastic foil for Tintin, he is at times pessimistic, but also fiercely loyal. At one point he even nearly sacrifices his own life to save his friend. His made up swear words like "Blue Blistering Barnacles" and "Thundering Typhoons" are a key feature of this character and never fail to entertain.

Then we have the bumbling Thompson and Thomson, the detectives wearing bowler hats. They always turn up too late or arrest the wrong people. They mean well, but often cause more trouble and typically fall over each other and generally act as comic foil. Then we have Cuthbert Calculus, who is a hard-of-hearing scientist. He is gentle and a talented inventor.

Then we have the villains. Typically 'bad guys' who wear monocles and do generally very dastardly things.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value but disappointing dubbing. 25 Oct 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Good value at the price but all of the characters have been re-dubbed, which is disappointing for anyone brought up on the 1960s version. The Thompson twins now sound like a couple of Cockneys rather than two eccentric English gentlemen detectives (that is why they wear bowler hats, after all) and captain Haddock has been Americanised. Still, for the price, as I say, good value for anyone wanting to entertain their kids.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the 60s version 27 Oct 2011
By Andy K
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I seem to be at odds with some of the other reviewers here. I think this version from the 1990s is actually better than the version I used to watch as a child in the 1960s. The only criticism is that they seem to have been made in a different order, then re-ordered to match the sequence of the books. This occasionally produces some continuity errors. Nicely loud so you may need to turn the volume down a little.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Tintin on film 11 Sep 2014
Format:Blu-ray
This 5-disc set represents the most faithfully-rendered and probably best presentation of Tintin on film or television. The French and Canadian co-production was shot and first transmitted in 1991-1992, and comprised 21 of Hergé's 23 completed books. The blu-ray discs are nicely-packaged in three, translucent blue, hard-shell DVD boxes, which come in a cardboard slipcase that includes a hologram of the television series' trademark of Tintin and Snowy running, captured in a spotlight. This Anchor Bay UK set can only be played on blu-ray machines capable of reading discs encoded for Region B, which is most of Europe (the United States is Region A).

The traditional, 2-D cel animation strives to reproduce Hergé's "ligne claire" drawing style and the cartoon's strong colours, and the episodes appear to be the actual still frames of the cartoon in motion. Many of the individual episodes are close to the albums of the same title, but a few (like "Tintin in America") have been rewritten whereas others may have been edited in order to fit into commercial television's need to include advertisements. The voice casting is quite good and the tracks are well mixed so the dialogue is easily understood. Colin O'Meara's Tintin is believable if most definitely Canadian, and David Fox and Wayne Robinson are good as Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus respectively, although I always think of Haddock as being a Scot.

This box set does have some drawbacks. The blu-ray discs appear to have been transferred from a positive print (or a poorly maintained negative) so there is a fair amount of "dirt" visible throughout the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Adventures of Tintin box set (2011)
Just to clarify, this review is for the Review for the Adventures of Tintin (2011). It seems that Amazon has sadly mixed all the reviews for all Tintin DVDs together. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Richard Seabury
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied.
Exactly as described. Very satisfied.
Published 13 days ago by Gerald R
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Nice package. The only downside is it is onbly in English...
Published 1 month ago by Kayv
5.0 out of 5 stars A speedy delivery
This was bought as a present for my dad and as his head is always stuck in tin tin comics I decided I would buy him this box set. Read more
Published 1 month ago by roald dahl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
TAKES ME BACK A LONG WAY
Published 2 months ago by T.S.ELGAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As expected
Published 2 months ago by B. Prabhu
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved by all of us. young and old.
Published 2 months ago by Bananayellow
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!!
My husband is a big fan and this was a very well received present at a great price
Published 2 months ago by norma smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Tintin is an old favourite of mine and this is not disappointing
Tintin is an old favourite of mine and this is not disappointing. The recording is of exceptional quality and the stories are great fun. If you like Tintin you will like this.
Published 2 months ago by P. J. Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 3 months ago by christopher boyce
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