Plot: What’s it about?
That wild and fearless Steve Irwin is back on DVD and this time, he encounters more animals than ever before. This is his second disc and I have to say, it was great to see more of his antics here, especially the Charlie episode. Whether he’s rescuing a massive, dangerous crocodile or cuddling up with an otter, Steve loves animals it always shows. With his wife Terri by his side, Steve travels all over the world to promote conservation and save animals, which brings him no end of pleasure and satisfaction. Some of the animals are naughty and some aren’t, but in Steve’s eyes, all are gorgeous and amazing creatures. This disc contains four complete Croc Files episodes, which I have written brief summaries for below. By crikey [Editor: Nice use of the word “crikey”], this disc is loaded with Crocodile Hunter mania, very cool indeed.
1. Charlie- This is one of Steve’s most memorable rescues, as Charlie is a huge crocodile with a sour disposition. The poor croc has lived on concrete his whole life, but now Steve plans to move him to a new one, one designed just for him within the Australian Zoo. From the original mission to move Charlie to a year later update to his romantic involvements, this episode is all about one aggressive, but wonderful crocodile, Charlie.
2. How To Catch A Crocodile- This is a lesson in a box from Steve on how to capture crocodiles, but trust me, you won’t want to put this knowledge into practice. Steve offers his techniques on how to rescue the creatures, but this is also a look into various adventures he’d had, which are always fun to watch. With some of his closest calls and more hair-raising moments, Crocodile Hunter fans won’t want to miss this one, I assure you.
3. Aussie Legends- Once again, we see Steve interact with various wildlife, but this time, it isn’t as dangerous as usual. Steve and Terri showcase some of Australia’s native animals, such as kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, and others. A mini tour of local fauna, Aussie Legends is a must see for lovers of small, cuddly little buggers. It’s a change of pace from his usual antics, but Steve loves all sorts of animals and that shows in this episode.
4. Pacific Northwest- We’ve been out in the outback, so now we head off to Terri’s old stomping grounds, where there’s plenty of animals to discover. Steve and Terri trek to a wildlife preserve, where they get up close and personal with some creatures, such as bison and elk, to name a couple of them. But he also seeks out snakes, beavers, cougars, and other little animals, including a most humorous encounter with an otter.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame transfers, which is how the series was shown on television. I found this visual presentation to be more than solid, much sharper than on television, to be sure. The colors look lush and bright, with no errors to speak of and flesh tones seem warm and natural too. The contrast is even and consistent also, no detail loss is evident and black levels are smooth & well balanced. As far as a television program goes, this transfer looks very good and fans should be most pleased.
Audio: How does it sound?
It looks good and by the same turn, it sounds good. This is not a dynamic track by normal standards, but it sounds as good as on television, so no hard feelings. The elements stream through well and fine, with no volume flaws to discuss in the least. The music is perky and comes through in fine form, while sound effects are loud and clear as well. You can hear all the hilarious lines from Steve also, so no complaints to be made in the end.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some still photos, a fact file, safety tips from Steve, and a mission statement from Steve and Terri.