Miranda-Series 3 (2012)

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Released 5-Jun-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 174
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
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Region Coding 4 Directed By Juliet May
Studio
Distributor
Entertainment One Starring Miranda Hart
Sarah Hadland
Tom Ellis
Patricia Hodge
Sally Phillips
Bo Poraj
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Alex Eckford


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

'She has the nipple equivalent of a lazy eye'

     The English are masters at laughing at themselves, proven once again by this show, Miranda, starring Miranda Hart who English comedy fans will recognise from shows like Hyperdrive, Smack the Pony or Nighty Night. She has also recently been seen in a more dramatic role in Call the Midwife. Miranda is a very tall (6ft 1in), big boned woman who makes for a striking presence in any show she appears in. Much of the comedy in this show revolves around the character's height, gangliness, chubbiness and general lack of self-confidence. The wonderful thing is that the comedy is done in a nice way, laughing with herself generally rather than at herself.

     The show revolves around the character of Miranda (Miranda Hart obviously) who runs a small, more than a little kooky, gift shop and lives above it. She runs the shop with her best friend, the quite short Stevie (Sarah Hadland). The show only really has three sets, the shop, the flat above and the restaurant over the road of Gary (Tom Ellis). Gary and Miranda are long-time friends and are both attracted to each other but have never quite worked out how to have a proper relationship. Other recurring characters include Miranda's controlling and critical mother, Penny (Patricia Hodge), and Stevie and Miranda's slightly crazy friend, Tilly (Sally Phillips). This series also features a new boyfriend for Miranda, Mike (Bo Poraj).

     This show is very funny, with witty remarks (some to camera), pratfalls, physical humour, silliness and surreal ideas all mixed together. It is nice-minded never straying into nastiness or gutter humour. Hart is marvellous as the titular character, funny, heartfelt and very believable. This third series consists of 6 episodes, each of about 30 minutes on one disc.

     Simple, low-budget comedy done marvellously well. It's a hoot!

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is good but certainly not without issue.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout although was affected by some digital noise and mild blocking.

     The colour was very good without being stunning.

     There was some aliasing, digital noise and mild macro-blocking.

     There are no subtitles available.

     There are no obvious layer changes during playback.

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

     This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was mostly clear and easy to hear and understand, although subtitles would have been useful at times.

     The music was incidental mostly.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    No Extras.

Menu

    The menu was a one page affair which just listed the episodes and allowed you to choose from them.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This series is not due for release in the UK until November so buy local.

Summary

    A hilarious English comedy series which is also genuine and heartfelt.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are hiding under Miranda's duvet.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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