More Great Comedy Moments (2003)

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Released 26-Jun-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 85:51
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Various
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Dawn French
Jennifer Saunders
Chris Barrie
Adrian Edmondson
Rik Mayall
Harry Enfield
Julie Walters
Victoria Wood
David Jason
Rowan Atkinson
Mel Smith
Stephen Fry
Hugh Laurie
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $28.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    More Great Comedy Moments is a compilation of some great (and some not so great) excerpts from BBC TV comedy series. It provides almost an hour-an-a-half of fond memories and some still funny moments.

    I could remember ninety per-cent of the shows and there were only a couple which I actually didn't like - both originally and on this trip down comedy lane. (Bottom and Filthy, Rich and Catflap - I'm looking in your direction). If you are a fan of British comedy, and fancy a disc which can be watched in tiny chunks, or enjoyed as a feature length presentation, then this may be up your alley.

    Highlights for me were French & Saunders performing a scene from Silence of The Lambs, Harry Enfield as an annoying teenager and Allan Partridge being "himself", with the absolute cream of the crop being Acorn Antiques from the excellent team of Victoria Wood and Julie Walters. The full list of shows from which sketches are included are:

French & Saunders Only Fools & Horses (2)
The Young Ones Absolutely Fabulous (2)
Rab C Nesbitt Smashy & Nicey
Acorn Antiques Not the Nine O'clock News
Dear John KYTV
Red Dwarf Just Good Friends
Brittas Empire Harry Enfield and Chums
Filthy, Rich & Catflap Knowing Me, Knowing You
Waiting For God Kenny Everett's Television Show
Bottom Victoria Wood - As Seen on TV
The Smell of Reeves & Mortimer Fast Show
Ever Decreasing Circles Fry & Laurie

    For my money, this disc would not bear too many repeat viewings and would probably be better for an evening's rental than a purchase. It certainly does whet your appetite to watch more of some of these shows though - perhaps that is the idea?

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality of this disc understandably varies with the age of the source material. Overall, however, it is pretty darn good with no really major flaws.

    The excerpts are presented in the original televised aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and are of course not 16x9 enhanced. The video transfer, unsurprisingly, leans toward the soft side (for example Absolutely Fabulous) but this varies between excerpts with some quite sharp (for example KYTV). Colours are occasionally a little washed out on some of the older shows, with a touch of over-brightness in the transfers (The Young Ones and Not the Nine O'clock News), but are generally of an acceptable standard. There is no significant colour bleeding. Black levels are satisfactory given the source materials.

    The transfer does have some minor MPEG artefacts from time to time (for example pixelization and ghosting during The Fast Show). There is some occasional aliasing or minor shimmer present (for example on the chairs during the Victoria Wood restaurant sketch), but it is not overly distracting. Edge enhancement was not a major issue on my set-up.

    The transfer is mercifully free from scratches and specks and this lack of significant film (or video) artefacts is impressive given the age of some of the clips.

    I sampled the English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles and found them to be legible, well timed and accurately reflective of the on-screen dialogue throughout, albeit with the odd dropped phrase or word.

    This is a single sided, single layered (DVD 5) disc so there is no layer change.

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Audio

    The overall audio transfer is clean and clear throughout.

    The sole English audio track is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 encoded at a measly 192 kbps.

    The soundtrack is serviceable, albeit a little hollow, and is without any major flaws. There are no clicks, pops or hiss evident. Dialogue is clear, despite the obligatory BBC laughter tracks, and I noticed no issues with audio sync.

    There is no musical score per se, although the menu is accompanied by a rendition of (if memory serves) Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

    As might be expected for television comedy shows, the surrounds and subwoofer are unused.

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Extras

    There are no extras on this DVD.

Menu

    The menu consists of photographs of some of the comedy characters accompanied by the abovementioned music and some animated titles. It allows you to either play the excerpts in sequence, individually or (cleverly) in a random sequence and also to toggle the subtitle track.

R4 vs R1

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

    This particular DVD does not appear to be available in Region 1. The Region 2 version appears to be identical to our own (the Region 4 is in fact also coded for Region 2). I would suggest you buy the cheapest version available.

Summary

    More Great Comedy Moments is a reasonable compilation of BBC television comedy shows from the eighties and nineties. It provides more than a few laughs and brought back many memories for me. I would suggest it has limited replay value however, and may be more worthy of an occasional rental rather than an essential purchase.

    The video quality is generally good given the source materials.

    The audio transfer is uninspiring, but technically acceptable.

    There are no extras.

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© Daniel O'Donoghue (You think my bio is funny? Funny how?)
Friday, August 01, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDHarmony DVD Video/Audio PAL Progressive, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX-47P500H 47" Widescreen RPTV. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-SR600 with DD-EX and DTS-ES
SpeakersJensenSPX-9 fronts, Jensen SPX-13 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 surrounds, Jensen SPX-17 subwoofer

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