The D Generation-The Best & Second Best of (1986)

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Released 8-Jul-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1986
Running Time 179:31 (Case: 181)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (30:37) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Walter Boston
Helen Gaynor
Kris Noble
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Santo Cilauro
Marg Downey
John Harrison
Rob Sitch
Magda Szubanski
Michael Veitch
Tom Gleisner
Nicholas Bufalo
Tony Martin
Jane Turner
Geoff Paine
John Alsop
Mick Malloy
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $39.95 Music Gordon Gribbin


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.29:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits Yes, lots of funny stuff.....

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Plot Synopsis

    OK, let's start off with a quick quiz. Do any of the following statements make you smile or even laugh out loud?

  1. "Hail, General Testiclies"
  2. "Gott unt Himmel these Englanders fight like madmen"
  3. "Bossa Nova until the late hours of the afternoon in the Brown Corduroy room"
  4. "I almost there, Dad"

    If you smiled or laughed at all of these, you are a huge D-Generation fan and will probably buy this disc as soon as you can find it. If you remember only some of them, you'll probably want this disc to remind yourself. If none of them mean anything to you, check your pulse.

    If after checking your pulse, you are still not sure what I am am on about then have you ever heard of or enjoyed movies such as The Castle, The Dish or Crackerjack and/or television shows like Kath & Kim, The Late Show, The Panel, Fast Forward or Frontline? Well, the people involved in all of those productions began their television careers here, straight out of Melbourne University. During the mid 1980s, the D-Generation were a comedy troupe which had a successful television series on the ABC (and some on Seven). At the time the central members were Rob Sitch, Michael Veitch, Marg Downey, Magda Szubanski, Santa Cilauro & John Harrison. Also featuring were other well known faces including Jane Turner (Kath), Jane Kennedy, Tom Gleisner, Mick Malloy, Tony Martin, Nick Bufalo & Jason Stephens. The television show ran from 1986 to 1988 but the material here includes earlier and later footage, particularly of the third section.

    This disc contains nearly three hours of classic D-Generation foolishness and includes all the famous sketches such as The Thunderbirds, Homicide, The New Christ is Right, the married couple who constantly argue and try to kill each other, the yellow thing with hinges and many, many more. You will see many sketches and characters here which were later developed into fuller ideas on The Late Show and Kath & Kim.

    The disc contains three separate sections (although you can choose to Play All).

    Basically, if you are a fan this is great stuff. If you are not but have enjoyed any of their subsequent work mentioned above, you should check this out to see where it all began. Even if you don't know who these people are but enjoy good Aussie comedy give this a try.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Let's be realistic, this is mid 1980s television made by the public broadcaster on a small budget. The video quality is fine but nothing spectacular.

    The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio which would be the original aspect ratio. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Of course, due to the source material it is quite grainy and does not have the sharpness of modern television and movies. The second section is the best, the first section is softer and the third section contains quite a bit of amateur footage which is fairly poor. Generally the material seems to have been transferred well, but the quality is restricted by the source material.

    The colour was a bit washed out and some colour bleeding was present as you would expect from the age of the source material.

    There were a number of artefacts including tape tracking marks at 2:59, 6:53, 9:42 and 46:22 in the first section, some minor edge enhancement, aliasing on a dress at 24:20 in the second section and comet trails at 40:55 in the same section.

    There are no subtitles.

    This is a dual layered disc and the layer change is well placed at the end of a sketch at 30:37 in the second section.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is fine, but pretty much mono except on the odd occasion.

    This DVD contains only one audio option; an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand. There were no problems with audio sync except where some sketches included jokes about bad lip synching.    

    The surround speakers were essentially not used at all.

    The subwoofer was not used.

    

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Extras

    There were no extras.

Menu

    The menu includes the ability to choose a particular section or Play All.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is coded for all 6 regions but does not seem to be available outside of Region 4.

Summary

    This disc contains three hours of one of Australia's best comedy shows, The D-Generation.

    The video quality is fine considering the nature of the source material.

    The audio quality is fine.

    The disc has no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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