Outnumbered-Series Five (2014)
|Year Of Production||2014|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Andy Hamilton|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Outnumbered is one of the best comedies of recent years, especially if you are a parent with young children but it is certainly very funny even if you aren't. The title refers to a middle class family in Britain where the parents are outnumbered by their three children. The long suffering parents are Pete (Hugh Dennis), a history teacher at a notoriously tough secondary school, and Sue (Claire Skinner) who works part time as an Office Manager. The children are Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey) now 17 but started the series at 12 and just entering high school, Ben (Daniel Roche) now 13 and finally Karen (Ramona Marquez) who is now 11. The series is partially improvised by the cast but is written and directed by long time English comedy stalwarts Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton whose careers include shows like Drop the Dead Donkey, Not the Nine O'Clock News and Spitting Image. I have been watching this show since it began and this is expected to be the final season as the kids are getting a little too old now. Unfortunately, this is the first time we have been able to review the local release of any season.
One of the great things about this series is that it revolves around everyday family issues like getting out the door to go to school, looking after elderly parents, family outings, problems at school, behaviour issues, accidents, arguments and sibling rivalry amongst others. These situations are all very recognisable to a parent and are mostly very believable. Obviously, for comedy effect these things are sometimes emphasised or amped-up but all are certainly in the realms of possibility. Another key strength of the show is that the characters refer to things that have occurred previously which sound highly amusing but you are never given the detail, leaving the viewer to fill in the gaps. It is great that a show chooses not to do too much exposition.
The characters and characterisations are wonderful, developing over the years of the show. Ben is a bit crazy and somewhat impulsive coming up with mad schemes and ideas. He is also well known for lying or stretching the truth. Karen on the other hand is manipulative and a bit of a primadonna, always wanting her own way and finding a seemingly logical argument for why it should be the right way to proceed. Jake is the most sensible one of the three children.
You do not need to have seen earlier seasons to enjoy this one, although your understanding of the characters will improve the more you watch the show. The season contains 6 episodes which are all on the first disc. The second disc contains the 2012 Christmas special as an extra.
An absolutely hilarious show from the BBC which is a must see.
The video quality is very good but not without issue.
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. Shadow detail is very good.
The colour is pretty good but certainly a little dull.
There was some minor aliasing from time to time and a little motion blur.
There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which were clear and easy to read.
The audio quality is good.
The disc contains an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0. The soundtrack does the job without setting the world on fire.
Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand although very occasionally it was a little hard to understand.
The music is sparse suiting the natural nature of the show.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
Some great extras.
The menu featured music and dialogue.
Very funny stuff including some alternate and extended scenes. Great extra.
More funny stuff.
A truly hilarious episode. Sue decides to have a drinks party for the neighbours and Pete's mum drops by. A vomiting bug is going around. Hilarity ensues.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This set is very similar to the UK one and there is no equivalent in the US to date. Buy Local.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is good.Awesome extras including one of the funniest episodes of the whole series.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp 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 Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|