Shonky Golf with Mick Molloy (1999)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||41:20 (Case: 45)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Mick Molloy|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
I used to like Mick Molloy a long time ago in a galaxy far far away when he was part of the D Generation Late Show. Some of the sketches he did with Tony Martin were amongst the funniest in the live sketch comedy classic.
Sadly though, the two work together much better in partnership than separately. Mick Molloy's television career hasn't exactly bloomed in recent years, and this attempt is not helping. Written, directed and co-produced by Mick, it also stars Justin Morley as his hapless student and sidekick Alan Length and a number of other minor characters.
Basically the concept is simple - this is a "mockumentary" featuring Mick Molloy as a golf instructor giving his sidekick Alan and us his faithful viewers valuable lessons in how to play golf in a "shonky" manner.
Techniques covered include various playing techniques and how to play effectively (not), how to cheat in various situations, dressing up for the part, and various drills. There is a parody of 2001 A Space Odyssey towards the end (the voice of HAL is none other than Tony Martin), and some "previews" of other "shonky" titles at the end.
I can only describe this video in one word: tedious.
This is presented in full frame 1.33:1, as it was probably originally intended for broadcast TV.
The quality of the video transfer is about average, with mediocre levels of detail and okay but not great colour saturation.
I noticed occasional dot crawl which leads me to suspect the video source may even be in composite video.
The chapter headings tend to be accompanied by black and white stills which have a tendency to look somewhat pixelated on my player. Other than that I did not notice any compression artefacts.
There are no subtitle tracks on this single sided single layered disc.
There is only one audio track on this disc: English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224kb/s).
The audio is very front centred, with only the occasional ambience or environmental sounds spread across front channels. Needless to say, there is no centre channel, surround channels or subwoofer activity.
Dialogue was reasonably easy to understand and there were no audio synchronization issues, however there were numerous instances of over-clipping distortion so whoever did the sound engineering was not watching the levels closely.
Background music is very limited and incidental.
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Extras are just about non-existent.
The menu is full frame and static.
This is a set of stills that provide DVD covers of other titles in the "Shonky" collection. We get Shonky Tennis, Shonky Gymnastics, Shonky Basketball, Shonky Darts, Shonky Pistol Shooting, Shonky Bowls and Shonky Fencing. I am fervently hoping that these are fake titles.
This nearly qualifies as an Easter Egg because it is selected by clicking on "Mick Molloy" in the main menu. This is not immediately apparent from the menu look and feel. It is a single still crediting the DVD authoring team.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
I would not want to wish this title on any other region.
Shonky Golf with Mick Molloy is pretty, well, shonky.
The video transfer is mediocre.
The audio transfer is also mediocre and full of over-clipping distortion.
Extras are ... hmmm ... do these actually qualify as extras?
|DVD||Panasonic DVD-RP82, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||Denon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)|
|Speakers||Front and rears: B&W CDM7NT; centre: B&W CDMCNT; subwoofer: B&W ASW2500|