Stories from the Golf (2004)
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
|Year Of Production||2004|
|Running Time||68:06 (Case: 90)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
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|
|Subtitles||None||Smoking||Yes, incl Drugs|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
I love Australian comedy in all its many forms and guises, so I decided to give this series which was shown on SBS a go, despite knowing very little about it.
Stories from the Golf is a series of 13 short episodes each of approximately 5 minutes. The premise is that each episode tells the story of a different person who hires the same Volkswagen Golf from a car hire yard. Each person has a different reason for needing the car and gets themselves into a different comedic situation. Most of the characters are played by the married couple who are the Writer/Directors, Wayne Hope & Robyn Butler. Both of them are faces I have seen before in Australian television productions without really registering their names. There are a couple of other actors/comedians who I also recognised amongst the cast such as Bob Franklin & Matt Parkinson. As is often the case with series like this, some episodes are very amusing and others really fail to hit the mark. On balance though, this is a blackly funny and interesting comedy series which I enjoyed watching.
The episodes are:
If you like your comedy a bit off the wall and interesting this is worth checking out.
The video quality is disappointing for something this new.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is most likely the original aspect ratio.
The picture was not overly clear and sharp, especially in the first episode. There was some light grain, presumably a result of the MPEG compression. There was however no evidence of low level noise. The shadow detail was decent.
The colour was decent but certainly not vibrant or exciting.
Artefacts were plentiful including aliasing such as on the fence at 0:45 and the house at 1:20, lots of jagged lines (which were worse in early episodes), minor examples of edge enhancement and some macro-blocking in large expanses of colour.
There are no subtitles.
The audio quality is adequate, and perfectly suited to the material.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The music by Craig Pilkington is good without really standing out.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included stills, and the ability to select episodes separately or play all.
This is quite amusing and is basically a completely tongue-in-cheek interview with Wayne Hope & Robyn Butler interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage and bloopers. The spend their time slagging off the crew and generally making fun of themselves. Bravo!
A collection of behind-the-scenes photographs set to music. Moderately interesting but you would probably only look at it once.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is only available in Region 4.
The video quality is average.
The audio quality is fine for the material.
The disc has two extras, one of which is quite amusing.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 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 Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|