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The Standard Deviants - Basic Math (1999)

Brad Aldous , Tessa Munro , Rob Deege  |  NR |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Brad Aldous, Tessa Munro
  • Directors: Rob Deege
  • Format: Animated, Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Standard Deviants
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1581983018
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Standard Deviants - Basic Math" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interactive testing and practice exams
  • Additional footage not available on VHS!

Editorial Reviews

In "The Zany World of Basic Math," the Standard Deviants, an ebullient troupe of young performers whose specialty is taking serious subjects and making them offbeat enough to be memorable, tackle the most basic concepts of mathematics. Starting off with explanations of integers, the program proceeds to cover addition, subtraction, and multiplication before moving into more advanced concepts such as exponents and division. Throughout the program the cast cracks painfully corny jokes and occasionally dresses up in some bad costumes to make their points. Indeed, this must be the only math lesson to have a "comedy editor" listed in the opening credits. The underlying principle is that if the performers make spectacles of themselves, that serves as a mnemonic device and makes the serious material they're imparting easier to remember. After covering the basics, the program moves into decimals, fractions, ratios, and percents. Following each section a quiz appears, which the student can either take or skip, and a "Grand Slam Exam" concludes the entire set of lessons. While the presentation may be unorthodox, the academic material has been approved by a panel of professors. Though it's not intended as a substitute for classes in math, students would benefit by using this as review material. --Robert J. McNamara

Additional Features

The Standard Deviants DVD contains the entire two-hour intensive basic math tutorial from the award-winning VHS version of the same name. In addition, this DVD features new footage not included in the VHS version, as well as an interactive component unparalleled in the DVD world. From a main menu, viewers can select which lesson they want to view. Retention is increased through four interactive drill-style quizzes on addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, decimals, and fractions. After mastering the quizzes, viewers can tackle The Basic Math Grand Slam, a comprehensive final exam. This multiple-choice test covers all the major concepts in the tutorial, and informs viewers of right and wrong responses. Viewers can access the quizzes and final exam directly from the main menu, or tap into the "Helpful Info" section, which lists key concepts taught in the program. And finally, viewers can get a behind-the-scenes tour of Cerebellum's studios and preview other products, including the popular No-Brainers series of lifestyle videos. All this with the improved digital image and sound quality of DVD.

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for younger children March 26, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD for my third-grade twins who are having difficulty memorizing math facts, and don't quite understand the relation between these math facts and the real world. I thought this DVD would be perfect, explaining basic math facts with humor and real life examples. But their explanations are way over the heads of this age group. In explaining the concept of "carrying over" while adding, for instance, here is what is said and written out on the screen: "Carrying over means you take the digit in the tensplace of the digit place sum, and carry over that digit to the next digit place to the left in your addition problem. You do this whenever the sum amount in the digit place is greater than nine."

Yeah, *I* get it, but it is not the simplest way to present it to an elementary grade child.

I'm not certain what grade level this series is for -- perhaps middle school and above? -- but definitely not for those just starting out.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much entertainment, not enough education July 3, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
While this tape may appeal to children in the 8 - 12 year old ranges and also teaches them some mathematics; older people will most likely find it dull. The problem is that a great deal of time is spent in the telling of jokes designed to appeal to children of that age range. In my opinion, much more time than is reasonable. After all the primary purpose of the tape is to teach math with the humor being a secondary supplement. However, the way the tape is put together, the humor is foremost and the math is secondary.

All of the following basic concepts are covered, but not to the depth necessary for understanding.

*) Integers and how to add, subtract, multiply and divide them.

*) The names of all the components of an arithmetic problem.

*) Fractions, their components and how to reduce them.

*) The order of operations.

*) Prime numbers and how to factor integers.

*) Exponents and scientific notation.

*) Ratios and percents.

While I think this tape would be good as a supplement, I don't think that it could be used as a primary learning tool. Too much focus on entertainment and not enough on learning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad August 20, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My 11 year old son really needed some math review - he's a slow learner and I thought this might be more fun than some of the rote memorization. Well - he enjoyed it but also thought one of the actresses was "hot" and that totally distracted him. He was able to learn some but spent much of his time watching for his "favorite girl". So while this could be of good use for some kids, it didn't work so good for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is entertaining to watch November 16, 2009
I must say that the video was entertaining to watch.Perhaps it may have appeared goofy to some looking for a more classroom structured type video but I picked some things that I may have forgotten or was never taught in class because the public school system is not as regimented enough to prepare our children to suceed in higher education.therefore we get discouraged and give up.And yes there were some pretty women in the video i have to keep it real.But not to the point where one become distracted unless you are at a pubescent stage of life.In conclusion, this video deserves two thumbs up for it's effort to educate as well as entertain the masses like myself who bought the video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars College Level Product !!! March 11, 2014
By Dana
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Wish it was advertised like that. Will be most beneficial to those individuals reviewing for SAT's. Thanks for delivering. Would do business again.
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