Kath & Kim-Volume 2 (2003)
Main Menu Audio
Outtakes-Yumor, More Yumorous
Featurette-Wine Time (2)
Featurette-Bit Of Huffy Puffy
Featurette-Get The Gist , Really Get The Gist
Featurette-Aussie, Aussie, Aussie
|Year Of Production||2003|
|Running Time||198:34 (Case: 215)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Ted Emery|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||None||Smoking||Yes, only Poine Loights though!|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This DVD has one word to say to you - Look At Moiye, Look at Moiye, Look At Moiye! Kath & Kim is a modern classic Australian television series. The first series introduced us to the fur-coat-and-no-knickers lifestyle of the mother and daughter duo from Fountain Lakes. The second series allows for a more than welcome return for those femmes fatale Kath Day (Jane Turner), daughter Kim (Gina Riley) and her second-best friend Sharon (Magda Szubanski). Let's not forget those great hunks o' spunk Kel Knight (Glenn Robbins) and Brett (Peter Rowsthorn). The series has attracted some criticism for presenting the great unwashed face of modern day Australia. Thankfully, it has also attracted a huge, dedicated and devoted following amongst all of us who are not too proud to laugh at ourselves, and to accept that this is "yumor", not documentary. I, for one, am a huge fan of the hilarious characters created by Turner and Riley.
In the second series of the show that has coined at least half a dozen everyday catch phrases, Kath is now married to Kel - becoming the wonderfully named Kath Day-Knight. Brett and Kim are reunited, and Sharon finally manages to find true love - and a true friend. The series is spread over two discs, and presents all eight episodes from this all too short series:
The series is hilariously funny in parts, but I felt it falls ever so slightly short of the heady heights reached in the debut season. The introduction of Sandy Freckle and Gary Poole do add some more interest, and the stock characters are all still wonderfully portrayed, but perhaps the familiarity of the characters has bred a little contempt? Don't get me wrong, this is wonderful television, but it just lacks the innovation so evident in the first series and the jokes are verging on becoming repetitious. Highly recommended for those unfamiliar with the wonderful characters - but ensure you watch the premiere season (the review of which can be found here) first. An absolute must buy for fans of the series.
Look, let me cut to the chase fairly quickly here. The overall video transfer of this disc, typical for a modern digital television series, is very good indeed - pretty much reference quality in fact.
The series is presented in its original televised aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it has been 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer, as might be expected for such (extremely) recent material, is essentially flawless. It is wonderfully sharp throughout, and you would be very hard pressed to find a better example of an Australian television image on DVD today. There is some deliberate grain introduced in the later episodes where flash-backs are used to illustrate some of the history of the characters. This is very well done, and despite the fact the characters still look pretty much like their current ages, the cars and clothing used all look wonderfully authentic.
Shadow detail is good, and that goes for black levels too with no evidence of low-level noise. Colours are bright, realistic and well rendered. There are endless opportunities for soft furnishings, Fountain Gate and Kath's unique wardrobe to demonstrate rock solid hues with red, yellow, cerise and purple aplenty. Skin tones are natural throughout.
The transfer is essentially free from MPEG artefacts. Aliasing is pretty well absent, with only the merest shimmer cropping up on my system if I looked really, really closely. There is the odd instance of moire patterns cropping up, for example on the roof of Kath's house during aerial shots. There was no significant edge enhancement. There are no scratches or flecks evident - this is about as pristine as it gets.
Incredibly, and to the shame of the ABC, there are no subtitle tracks present. This is positively unforgivable for a vintage 2003 Australian television series.
The series is spread across two RSDL discs, with four episodes per disc. I could not locate the layer change on either disc, so I assume that they are sensibly placed between episodes.
The overall audio quality of this disc is very good, if a little unremarkable. There are no significant defects at all.
The sole audio track is in English Dolby Digital 2.0 encoded at 224 kbps.
Dialogue was always crystal clear and audio sync was fine. This is of course essential given the nature of a show like this, where the dialogue contains a joke in every second line!
The theme song is provided courtesy of the vocal cords of Gina Riley - and what an amazingly powerful voice she has! Incidental music generally plays a small part in the show but is credited to Jeremy Smith, a frequent musical contributor to Australian television comedy shows.
The frontal soundstage is quite satisfactory. With Pro Logic II enabled, the surrounds do see some limited use, but the series is of course dependant on the witty dialogue emanating from the front speakers. Every mis-pronounced phrase and Freudian slip is presented in its original stereo glory for all to hear clearly. One of the most striking aspects of the soundstage is notable for its absence - a canned laughter track. It makes a refreshing change not to be spoon-fed by the director, and it gives the show a much more fly-on-the-wall feel.
The subwoofer may see some use for redirected bass depending on your audio set-up, but obviously LFE effects are absent. My sub was active throughout, based on the status of the auto-detect indicator, but audibly it never really drew any attention to itself.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are seemingly quite a few extras on the discs, but in reality they are quite short, repetitious, and add little to the overall value of the DVD.
The menus are static photographs of the characters, accompanied by the theme music. Selecting menu options usually leads to a suitable catch-phrase sound bite. There are four chapter stops available for each episode, no choices of audio or subtitles, the option to "Play All" or the following extra features (all presented at 1.78:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 kbps):
Infectiously funny bloopers running for 5:58.
The wine time chat sessions between Kath and Kim, running for 4:30. Usually extended or shot from slightly different camera angles.
An extended take of Kath and Kel's boxercise regime, running for 1:15.
A pointless condensed version of the episodes from Disc 1, running for 4:13.
A slightly outrageous Pirate joke from Kim running for 0:28. To access, just (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) enter the extras screen, then press "Right" when the "Main Menu" roller is highlighted and a love heart under the photograph of Cujo will become highlighted. Press enter and the clip will play.
A series of bloopers running for 4:12. Bloopers always make me smile.
The wine time chat sessions between Kath and Kim, running for 3:51. Usually extended or shot from slightly different camera angles.
Sharon's Commonwealth Games selection process extended to run for 3:06 - hilarious!
Running for only 0:23, Sharon decides to forget about Mark.
A pointless condensed version of the episodes from Disc 2, running for 4:36. I cannot imagine why this was considered a good idea - smacks of "filler" to me.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This DVD does not appear to be available in either Region 1 or Region 2. Buy this no matter what it costs, wherever you can get it from.
Kath & Kim - Series 2 is a genuine televisual treat. The Bogan humour is sometimes a little overplayed but welcome nevertheless. The script writing is first rate, the cast are always excellent (and totally credible) and the plotlines always provide a genuine giggle. This is a series I am sure all fans will be collecting. Undoubtedly this is modern Australian yumor at its very, very best. Hugely recommended.
The video quality is reference standard for an Australian television series.
The audio quality is perfectly fine for a television series.
The extras are a tad disappointing - but heck, the main course is so delicious who cares?
|DVD||Harmony DVD Video/Audio PAL Progressive, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TX-47P500H 47" Widescreen RPTV. 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||Onkyo TX-SR600 with DD-EX and DTS-ES|
|Speakers||JensenSPX-9 fronts, Jensen SPX-13 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 surrounds, Jensen SPX-17 subwoofer|