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Jubilee (2000)

Jubilee (2000)

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Released 16-Apr-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 93:06
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michael Hurst
South Pacific Pict.
Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Cliff Curtis
Theresa Healey
Hori Ahipene
Kevin Smith
Jaime Passier-Armstrong
Charley Murphy Samau
Marise Wipani
Taungaroa Emile
Ross Duncan
Vicky Haughton
Eru Potaka-Dewes
Stephen Tozer
Bruce Hopkins
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Billy Williams (Cliff Curtis) is a likable bloke, who knows everybody in his tiny New Zealand town of Waimatua - "the Home of the Kumera." He's on the organising committee organising the local school's 70th jubilee, but when the snooty Mr Crawford (Stephen Tozer) announces that this year's festivities will include no booze, Billy finds himself the unwitting champion of the hour, taking over the arrangements and barely holding on to his sanity and his marriage to the very frustrated and confused Pauline (Theresa Healey) in the process.

     I generally like Kiwi flicks, which frequently have a wonderfully low-key, human and warm element in them. And in some ways, Jubilee does have some of those elements. However, overall, this little number feels a little self-conscious and stumbly. The characterisation is rather monodimensional and the plot is rather pedestrian and predictable.

     Although it has occasional moments of charm, it feels somewhat underdeveloped and unsympathetic. Not abysmal, but by no means great either.

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Transfer Quality


     This transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1

     The presentation feels like its origins are video tape rather than film. Low level noise is present, and there's not a great deal of detail in the shadows or the highlights.

     The colour range is rather limited although skin tones are rendered reasonably well.

     This transfer is dusty and compressed and doesn't really impress.

     This is a single layered disc, with no layer change to distract.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     The soundtrack is delivered in English Dolby Digital 2.0.

     The dialogue is relatively clean, and there are no significant audio sync problems. There are no subtitles.

     There is no one credited with the music, and most of it is incidental.

     There is a surprising amount of direction from the speakers, although there's no subwoofer activity.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



     The menu is static with theme music.

R4 vs R1

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

      This does not appear to be available as a DVD in R1 so we have a winner by default.


     Although it has a certain homespun charm, there are better little quirky Kiwi films to enjoy.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Mirella Roche-Parker (read my bio)
Friday, October 29, 2004
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
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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