The Agony of Life (2013)

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Released 5-Jun-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Additional Footage
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 210:50 (Case: 233)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Adam Zwar
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $19.95 Music Yuri Worontschak

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 English (Burned In)
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Over recent years there have been a number of series involving celebrities, mostly comedians or at least amusing people answering various questions, either about what makes them grumpy (Grumpy Old Men/Women) or talking about their life experiences in an amusing manner such as the Aussie series Agony Aunts & Agony Uncles. The latest of these is the ABC production The Agony of Life, written and directed by Adam Zwar who many will know from Wilfred or Lowdown. The format is simple with Zwar sitting off camera posing mostly unheard questions to the various celebrities about their childhood, school days, teen years, careers, family life and their thoughts on retirement and death. The people involved include people like Shane Jacobson, Judith Lucy, John Elliott and his son, Tim Ross, Myf Warhurst, Julia Zemiro, Lawrence Mooney, Craig McLachlan and more.

     Their thoughts are generally interesting and more often than not amusing but they also have an honesty and heartfelt quality which improves the show above the average.

     The series includes 8 episodes each of approximately 25 minutes.

     If you enjoyed Grumpy Old Men or Agony Aunts then there is no reason why you won't enjoy this.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good.

     The series 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.

     The colour was very good without being stunning.

     There were no major artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read. There are also burned in subtitles for offscreen interviewer questions.

     There are no obvious layer changes during playback.

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    The audio quality is good.

     This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand.

     There was no music to speak of.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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    The menu was a simple affair.

Outtakes / Interviews (21:32)

    Extra scenes taken out of the broadcast episodes which are worth watching.

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 available in other regions.


    An interesting interview based show exploring the life experience of a variety of celebrities.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are restricted to deleted scenes.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Review Equipment
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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