Kath & Kim-Series 3 (2004)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Lady Bump @ the Logies
Featurette-Interviews With Kath and Kim
Additional Footage-Bonus Wine Time
Featurette-Prue & Trude on The Panel
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-In The Raw With Kath & Kim
|Year Of Production||2004|
|Running Time||199:21 (Case: 248)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Ted Emery|
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||Yes|
Kath & Kim is undoubtedly one of the most successful of recent Australian comedy shows - it has just found a new audience in the UK, and I'll be intrigued to see how well it settles into the new neighbourhood. For those new to the franchise, the review of the first series can be found here. It was a refreshingly self-deprecating look into the - obviously heavily caricatured - lives of the denizens of Aussie suburbia. It was fresh, funny and left most fans begging for more. The second season is reviewed here and I found it to be a teeny bit more patchy than its predecessor - albeit still very funny. That sentiment goes doubly for this third instalment.
Whilst it is still able to raise many a chuckle, I cannot help feeling that we have seen most of this before. Personally, I fear that the joke is wearing a little thin and I suspect that any fourth season may have a more lukewarm welcome from viewers. Let's hope that the writers take a leaf out of the book of the creators of The Office and draw the show to a conclusion before it outstays its welcome.
In this third series, Kath (Jane Turner) is coping with her invasive former hubby Gary Poole (Mick Molloy), long-suffering Brett (Peter Rowsthorn) is coping with Kim's (Gina Riley) constant whining. Kel (Glenn Robbins) is shattered to discover his marriage to Kath may be nothing more than a sham. All the while, Sharon's (Magda Szubanski) eternal search for a man to love her continues unabated. The series is once again spread over two discs, and presents all eight episodes from the latest series.
The series is still extremely funny in places, but I cannot help feeling that it has run its course. The characters are doing everything we expect of them - and there's the rub. The mispronunciations, Freudian slips and gauche lifestyle are just on the verge of becoming grating. Perhaps the use of guest appearances - and this series has plenty including Rachel Griffiths, Kylie Minogue and Geoffrey Rush - can help build out the portfolio of characters a little more? In all honesty, it's hard to see how Turner and Riley will be able to sustain the joke for much longer, and I would hope they should consider drawing a veil over the characters before they completely run out of steam. Nevertheless, for die-hard fans, this set still offers plenty of fun and it will be a must-purchase I'm sure.
Once again the overall video transfer of this disc is very good indeed - pretty much reference quality for an Australian television show.
The series is presented in its original (digital) televised aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer, as with the previous release, is essentially flawless. It is perfectly sharp at all times. Shadow detail is good and black levels are deep and solid where needed. Colours are vivid and solidly rendered. As ever, the couture of the Fountain Gate ladies provide plenty of opportunity for some outrageously loud primaries. Skin tones are just fine at all times.
The transfer is essentially free from MPEG artefacts. Aliasing was absent on my (progressive scan) system. As in the previous series, when viewed on a standard television, moire patterns do crop up on the roof of Kath's house during aerial shots. There was no significant edge enhancement. There are no scratches or flecks evident - this is an unsurprisingly pristine transfer in that respect.
Disappointingly, and to the shame of the ABC yet again, there are no subtitle tracks present.
The series is spread across two DVD 9 discs, with four episodes per disc. I did not detect a layer change on either disc.
The overall audio quality of this disc is very good, if a little unremarkable. There are no significant defects at all.
The sole audio track is once again in English Dolby Digital 2.0 encoded at 224 kbps.
Dialogue was always crystal clear and audio sync was fine. All the "yumor" flows forth unhindered by hiss, clicks or dropouts.
The theme song is, as ever, provided courtesy of the fantastic vocal chords of Gina Riley. Incidental music once again plays a small part in the show but is credited to Jeremy Smith, a frequent musical contributor to Australian television comedy shows.
The frontal soundstage is perfectly satisfactory. With Pro Logic II enabled, the surrounds see some limited use, but the show relies on the clarity of the jokes springing forth from the front speakers every few seconds. Once again, the absence of a canned laughter track helps to make the show feel more like a documentary, and it works well.
The subwoofer may see some use for redirected bass depending on your audio set-up, but obviously LFE effects are absent. My sub was active throughout, based on the status of the auto-detect indicator, but contributed nothing tangible in the way of LFE.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are quite a few extras on the discs and they are generally more worthwhile than on the previous release.
The menus are nicely animated and are accompanied by some funny sound bites. There are four chapter stops available for each episode, no choices of audio or subtitles, the option to "Play All" or the following extra features (all presented at 1.78:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 kbps unless specified otherwise):
The ladies' made a real song and dance of their appearance, running for a brief 2:04.
You cannot help laughing at these bloopers running for 6:26.
An interview originally aired as part of A Current Affair and presented at 1.33:1 with compression artefacts galore, plus a promotional piece of the ladies in London, presumably done for a UK cable channel. They run for 6:54 in total.
If you (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) click on the "K" on the handbag, you get to see a short video clip of the ladies dressed as their opposite characters running for 0:19.
More funny outtakes running for 5:08.
A wine time chat session between Kath and Kim - plus Kylie Minogue - running for 1:17.
A brief collection of funny scenes that didn't make the show, running for 2:59.
Running for a healthy 14:22, our favourite upmarket shop assistants are hilarious on this great show - and then they are followed by the utterly charming Turner and Riley themselves.
An enjoyable behind the scenes look at the show running for 11:09.
If you (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) click on the love heart beneath the Polaroid on the main menu screen, you get to see a blooper featuring Kylie Minogue running for just over thirty seconds.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This DVD does not appear to be available in either Region 1 or Region 2.
Kath & Kim - Series 3 is the latest in the ongoing saga of the lovely ladies of Fountain Lakes. Whilst there is still a fair amount of fun to be had here, the Bogan humour is starting to become a little strained in my view. There are still plenty of great one-liners on offer, and some truly funny set-ups so fans will lap this up. Recommended.
The video quality is reference standard for an Australian television series.
The audio quality is perfectly fine for a television series.
The extras are a little more solid than the previous release.
|DVD||Momitsu V880 upconverting DVI player, using DVI output|
|Display||Sanyo PLV-Z2 WXGA projector. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-SR600 with DD-EX and DTS-ES|
|Speakers||JensenSPX-9 fronts, Jensen SPX-13 Centre, Jensen SPX-5 surrounds, Jensen SPX-17 subwoofer|