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John Safran's Music Jamboree (2002)

John Safran's Music Jamboree (2002)

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Released 12-Dec-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-"Languages" - French; Italian; Yiddish
Featurette-Jew'Town Documentary
Featurette-Footloose Rehearsals
Featurette-Eminem Outtakes
TV Spots
Featurette-SBS Hotline Feedback
Featurette-Not The Sunscreen Song
Featurette-John's Book Club
Featurette-Race Around The World
Featurette-13 Secret Herbs & Spices
Audio-Only Track-Raspberry Cordial: "University Elevator Music"
TV Spots-TVC 1; TVC 2
Featurette-Music Mole Collection
Featurette-World Of Instruments Collection
Trailer-24 Hour Party People; Cowboy Bebop
Trailer-Better Living Through Circuitry; Kentucky Fried Movie
Featurette-3RRR Propaganda
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 250:04 (Case: 240)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Various
SBS Independent
Umbrella Entertainment
Starring John Safran
Case Gatefold
RPI $34.95 Music Chris Copping

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits Yes, During Credits

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Plot Synopsis

    If you ask someone their opinion on Australian TV comedy, chances are you'll be met with a series of groans and muttered obscenities directed at such tripe as Newlyweds or The Bob Morrison Show. Yes, local comedy series have a reputation for being rather dire, but thankfully this trend seems to be changing with (surprisingly) SBS leading the charge with cheaply produced but funny shows such as Pizza and Life Support. John Safran's Music Jamboree is another one of these low budget series produced by the often overlooked independent channel and it is indeed a great comedy.

    With the theme being music and associated industries, John Safran, who is best known from the ABC's now defunct Race Around The World, makes it his mission to generate as many laughs as possible from the diverse world of music, whether it be taking a jab at a famous musician or exposing secrets of the music industry that seem so outrageous and stupid that they become comical. This is truly a funny show which has been presented on a fantastic 2 disc set including a slew of extras, making John Safran's Music Jamboree a worthy purchase and proving that Australia can turn out some suburb TV comedy.

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Transfer Quality


     The quality of the video varies depending on whether particular segments were filmed in a studio or on  location. The clips used throughout the series of music videos and movies also vary in quality (i.e. the snippets used from the film Footloose look very poor, containing many artefacts), but this is due to the quality of the source footage. The video transfer on the whole is of good quality.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.75:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    For the most part, the transfer of John Safran's Music Jamboree is quite sharp. Again, this is determined by the quality of the footage. Parts that were shot on MiniDV are expected to be of lower quality than that of segments filmed in a studio with professional equipment. The colours also were reflective of how well the individual segment was shot.

    There was a slight MPEG artefact seen during the 1200 Techniques musical segment (98:34) on Disc 2 (the artefact occurs when the clip is selected through the World Of Instruments Collection featurette (00:58) also) but it is very brief and is not disruptive to the viewing of the DVD. No other faults were detected during the course of the series.

    There are no subtitles.

    The DVD is an RSDL disc, with the layer change hidden between episodes, making it undisruptive to the viewer.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio transfer, like the video, depends on the source of the film. Overall, the audio has been presented very well. The dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout the series. Again, quality was really up to the condition of the sources. There were no problems with the audio sync at anytime.

    There is one audio track on this DVD, English Dolby Digital 2.0, although there are language selection options for French, Italian and Yiddish contained on Disc 1, but they are not what you may expect (see the Extras section for more details).

    Being a show revolving around music, there is a lot of different styles used throughout the series. From classical to hip-hop, and whether the music in question is being used to enforce a gag, being parodied, or simply used for some background ambience, the musical score is superb. The music is definitely what makes John Safran's Music Jamboree, both for obvious and for more obscure reasons.

    The surrounded channels were unused during the course of the DVD. The subwoofer was also rather quiet, unless some rather heavy music was playing (e.g. the Slipknot clip), in which case it would spring to life.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    A truckload of extras have been included on John Safran's Music Jamboree, most of which appear on the second disc.

Main Menu Audio & Animation

    The menu design is like the cover art (i.e. red flames) with an animated intro of 4 big-headed Safran characters going down, down, down, down, to Jew'town by way of musical opening presented in Dolby Digital 2.0. Very stylish.

Featurette-"Languages" - French; Italian; Yiddish

    Each selectable language is actually a clip from the show but dubbed over with very stereotypical accents.

Featurette-Jew'Town Documentary

    A mockumentary of the filming for the music video clip Jew'Town.

Featurette-Footloose Rehearsals

    Rehearsal footage of John Safran trying to learn the moves to the music Footloose with three professional dancers (and not being very successful).

Featurette-Eminem Outtakes

    Outtakes from the spoof Eminem 'Stan' video clip.

TV Spots

    Various ads for John Safran's Music Jamboree featuring Les Murray (of SBS soccer fame) and John at the station urinal.

Featurette-SBS Hotline Feedback

    Clips from the SBS show Hotline Feedback which have both positive and negative opinions from viewers concerning John Safran's Music Jamboree and another local SBS comedy, Life Support.

Featurette-Not The Sunscreen Song

    Music video of Not The Sunscreen Song, John Safran's parody of the 1997 song The Sunscreen Song.

Featurette-John's Book Club

    A clip of John Safran reviewing books in his usual style.


    This is a clip shot for another of John Safran's shows, where he tries to infiltrate a McDonald's children's party. The way it was shot and the dialogue is very along the lines of CKY or Jackass. Truly funny stuff.


    John Safran and some Adelaide phone pranksters go out of their way to annoy and deceive a local talkback radio presenter. Being a person who despises these obnoxious idiots who have access to the radio waves, I found this segment particularly hilarious.

Featurette-Race Around The World

    This is John's entry tape for Race Around The World. Although poorly shot, you'll see why he won a place on the show.

Featurette-13 Secret Herbs & Spices

    A strange short black and white movie about Colonel Sanders and one irate chicken, played by John Safran.

Audio-Only Track-Raspberry Cordial: "University Elevator Music"

    A still picture of the Raspberry Cordial name accompanied by the audio track University Elevator Music.

Featurette-TVC 1; TVC 2

    Two trailers for this DVD set.

Featurette-Music Mole Collection

    This feature compiles all the Music Mole sections into an easy access menu. Nothing is different between the selectable clips and when they appear in the show.

Featurette-World Of Instruments Collection

    Just like the Music Mole Collection, only this is for the World Of Instruments clips. Again, nothing has been changed.

Trailer-24 Hour Party People; Cowboy Bebop; Better Living Through Circuitry; Kentucky Fried Movie

    Various trailers for other Madman titles.

Featurette-3RRR Propaganda

    This is an ad for the community radio station 3RRR.


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R4 vs R1

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

    Being an Australian TV show, it is extremely unlikely that there will be other region releases of John Safran's Music Jamboree. However the disc is region coded 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, so in the end everyone's covered so long as they can view PAL DVDs.


    Overall, John Safran's Music Jamboree is a fantastic local comedy which has been given exemplary DVD treatment. Although the humour might not be everyone's cup of tea, I for one immensely enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who was even slightly interested.

    The video quality was great, as was the audio. The extras are plentiful and only add to the collection of the TV series, making this a fine DVD set.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Mitchell Healey (Biohazard)
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
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