Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2000|
|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
Charley Murphy Samau
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is static with theme music.
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.
|DVD||Singer SGD-001, using S-Video output|
|Display||Teac 76cm Widescreen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Teac 5.1 integrated system|
|Speakers||fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie|