Take Away (2003)

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Released 17-Dec-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-Rain
Audio Commentary-Marc Gracie (Director), Mark O'Toole & Dave O'Neil (Writers)
Credits-Alternative Credits
Featurette-Burgies TV Commercial
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 84:28
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Marc Gracie
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Vince Colosimo
Stephen Curry
Rose Byrne
Nathan Phillips
Matthew Dyktynski
Brett Swain
Tom Budge
John Howard
Dave O'Neil
Alethea McGrath
Matthew Green
Peter Rowsthorn
Andrew Maj
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $39.95 Music Yuri Worontschak


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     If you don't expect too much from this movie, it's not without its own silly charm. It's dumb, and it knows it's dumb, and it plays on its dumbness, but it has moments of daggy giggles and wry smiles, and overall, the actors hold it together pretty well.

     Trev (Stephen Curry) and Tony (Vince Colosimo) are fast food competitors whose shops are but one store away from each other. Their competitiveness is generational, as both have inherited their businesses from their respective fathers. Trev is the good old Aussie slob whose father was a hamburger genius, and Tony is an Italian metrosexual devotee of Tony Robbins' motivational courses and has a passion for hand crafted food. Their rivalry is overcome, though, by the imminent threat of the opening of a "Burgies Bar" right next door, and it's a 2 Davids against a corporate Goliath battle as the pair, and assorted sidekicks, join forces to defend their businesses.

     What ensues is essentially a cartoon caper - subtle as a brick through a plate glass window, complete with fart jokes - that is low on credibility and high in clichés - where you know the outcome pretty much from the beginning, but you're more or less willing to take the ride.

     There are no real surprises, and it's really not destined to equal the likes of The Castle or Priscilla when it comes to memorable Aussie comedies, but it's a daggily fun way to while away an idle 80 or so minutes. Just don't expect too much, and be generous with your plot requirements.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced which the box claims to be the original theatrical release format.

     While this film suffers from occasional low contrast, the luminance overall is quite acceptable. There is no low level noise and reasonable grain levels in general and mostly there was good detail in the shadow areas.

     The colours were vibrant and mostly accurate although they had occasional tendencies to bleeding (32:41). Skin tones were overall well represented.

     There seemed to be a consistent problem in this print with the compression, resulting in frequent occasions where nothing in the scene appeared sharp or in focus. At 19:28 and at 53:13 in particular, it was difficult to find any sharply resolved part of the image. This was a frequent distraction and diminished the viewing experience. There was little evidence of aliasing, and other film to video artefacts were at a minimum.

     Subtitles were clean, accurate and timely throughout.

     This disc is dual layered, but I did not detect a layer change.

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Audio

     There are three audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There is also a Dolby Digital 2.0 English track available, and an English Audio Commentary track in Dolby Digital 2.0. I listened to both soundtracks.

    The dialogue was mostly clear and audible, with occasional muffles that did not overly deter from the aural experience. Audio sync did not appear to be an issue.

     The music by Yuri Worontschak included 3 songs that were written by the director, Marc Gracie, and it was clear that they had a lot of fun in the process.

     The surround channels were actively used throughout the presentation, and the subwoofer had quite a bit of work to do, particular in the final scenes, but never overrode the piece.

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Extras

     There was a full menu of extras available.

Menu

     The menu design is themed around the movie. It is 16x9 enhanced. The main menu features a custom designed takeaway menu board, which was fun and easy to navigate. The theme from the music plays incessantly (and rather irritatingly) in the background.

Alternate Credits (2.55)

     The main cast introduce you to their own favourite take away haunts.

Burgies Commercial (0:27)

     We'd seen most of it already. Ho hum.

Trailer (02:28)

Director's Commentary - Marc Gracie (Director), Mark O'Toole & Dave O'Neil (Writers)

     A very chatty, blokey, in-jokey affair where the participants clearly have a marvellous time reminiscing about the film. Occasional technical references, location information and goss about cast and crew.

R4 vs R1

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

     This disc does not appear to be available apart from as an R4 presentation.

Summary

     This film is not a contender for a classical comedy piece, but it's a generally good natured, over-the-top Aussie melodrama, with all the usual suspects and stereotypes emblazoned on the screen. Disengage brain and indulge if you will in some junk food for the mind.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Mirella Roche-Parker (read my bio)
Monday, December 22, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDSinger SGD-001, using S-Video output
DisplayTeac 76cm Widescreen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationTeac 5.1 integrated system
SpeakersTeac 5.1 integrated system

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