Status Anxiety (2004)
|Category||Documentary||Main Menu Audio|
|Year Of Production||2004|
|Running Time||145:00 (Case: 148)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
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|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Now I want you to tell me honestly - the last time you went to that friend's house, you know, the one with that plasma screen with almost an acre of surface area, did you feel just a little pang of jealousy? Did you entertain, however briefly, thoughts of your own inadequacy, chiding yourself for the lack of financial success that would enable you to make such an alacritous purchase? If the answer is yes, guess what? It appears, from contemporary thinker Alain de Botton's latest consumer friendly philosophy treatise, the three part documentary Status Anxiety, aired on the ABC earlier this year, that you are not alone. De Botton informs us, in his undeniably erudite yet never condescending tone, that we as humans are in an unending search for two types of love. Firstly, romantic love, and secondly, but no less importantly, love from the world - feeling like our presence on this earth is worthwhile. This, according to de Botton has a far more shameful and secret history, and has become harder to bear in the increasingly meritocratic societies the crumbling of old world feudalism and autocracy allowed to develop.
Philosophy can seem dry and crusty - something old, bearded men in togas did in sweaty bathhouses, but the great strength of this documentary is de Botton's ability to couch potentially confusing philosophical theories in easy to understand language. He takes us on an intriguing and eclectic journey through the United States and the United Kingdom, introducing us to rabid right wing propagandists, nudists, bohemians, social climbers...the list goes on. This varied and sometimes I thought too disparate collection of anecdotes, quotes from a who's who of the great thinkers of the past few centuries and some very funny and some very disturbing interviews manages somehow to coalesce into an unfocussed yet somehow engaging whole. There will be times when you wonder what the point of it all is, but that I think is part of the point. In a world obsessed with outcomes and the bottom line we seem to have forgotten that thinking for thinking's sake has gifted us some of the most defining attributes of our modern world. De Botton's work is well worth investigating, and a great place to start would be Status Anxiety.
We have been presented with an excellent 16x9 enhanced transfer at an approximately 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Bearing in mind that this was a made for TV documentary this is a fantastic presentation.
There are excellent levels of sharpness throughout. Blacks were clean and clear and shadow detail was excellent.
Colours are realistic and life-like, and well rendered.
MPEG artefacts weren't a significant problem at all. Occasionally there was some aliasing but this was not a major distraction.
For a recent production one would expect minimal film artefacts and that's what we get. The print looks very clean indeed.
All in all, this is a very commendable transfer.
The audio transfer is eminently suitable for the material.
Dialogue is extremely important to this production, after all it is all about de Botton espousing his philosophical views, and the transfer presents it cleanly and clearly.
Audio sync is beyond reproach.
There are no major distortions, clicks, pops or blemishes to report.
The surrounds and subwoofer are quiet throughout but one never misses them.
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There are no extras.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This title is not yet available in the U.S. so our local product is the one to go for. Region 4 all the way.
A fascinating documentary that if not always absolutely convincing, is terrific food for thought.
The video and audio are of excellent quality.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Yamaha DVR-S100, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 76cm Widescreen Trinitron TV. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Yamaha DVR-S100 (built in)|
|Speakers||Yamaha NX-S100S 5 speakers, Yamaha SW-S100 160W subwoofer|