The Vicar of Dibley-Complete Third Series (1998) (NTSC)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Behind The Scenes Teaser For 1999 Red Nose Day
Featurette-1999 Red Nose Special
Featurette-The Real Vicars Of Dibley
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1998|
|Running Time||158:43 (Case: 230)|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
John Howard Davies
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
'We've been playing a fair bit of hide the purple parsnip' Alice Horton nee Tinker
This is one of the great English comedy series, along with shows like Black Adder, Mr Bean and Fawlty Towers. Leaving aside Fawlty Towers, the others all have something in common besides being English. Richard Curtis was involved with writing all of them. He is definitely one of the greatest comedy writers ever to hail from the British Isles. Besides those mentioned above he also wrote for Not the Nine O'Clock News and Spitting Image and wrote both Bridget Jones films, Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings & a Funeral. What a great set of work!
The Vicar of Dibley is set in the small village of Dibley in rural England and features the weird and amusing inhabitants of the village. The main character is the village Vicar, Geraldine Grainger (Dawn French), who is 'a babe, with a bob and a magnificent bosom'. In Series 1 she arrived in this small village as their new Vicar, much to the consternation of the villagers, as they were expecting a man. However, over the first two series she was accepted as the vicar and has become a very popular member of the community, especially with some of the menfolk. The other villagers who appear regularly in this series are:
The show is very, very funny with lots of great one-liners and humorous situations, and like many of the great English comedies they took their time to ensure the produced shows were of the highest possible quality. The same is true of the Four seasons of Black Adder and Fawlty Towers. This series arrived on British television nearly two years after the previous one, at the end of 1999.
This disc includes all 4 episodes in this series, each of approximately 40 minutes duration, which was longer than the previous series. Each episode includes a joke after the final credits, told by Geraldine and misunderstood by Alice. The episodes are:
At this stage no further series of The Vicar of Dibley have been made although there have been some more specials made quite recently, so we can keep our fingers crossed.
One of the great English comedies which should be in the collection of any fan of the genre.
'No, No, No, No, No...Yes'
The video quality is poor.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio. It is very disappointing that this DVD is presented in NTSC format considering that it is a television production originating from a PAL country. All three seasons of this show have been formatted in this way and it seems to be an issue with rights. The discs issued here have been in a similar format to those released in Region 1.
The picture was not particularly sharp or clear, and the clarity was also badly affected by various artefacts. I did not notice any low level noise. The shadow detail was reasonable.
The colour was not good and the whole show seemed a little overexposed and some colours, especially bright ones, were oversaturated. Additionally there was significant colour bleeding, especially whites and faces. David's bald head seemed to have a permanent halo.
Artefacts were also significant, especially edge enhancement such as at 0:50 in Episode 1 and then continuously. Sometimes the edge enhancement partially covered the colour bleeding mentioned above so that you had a black ring of edge enhancement followed by a halo of colour. Additionally there was some grain and aliasing especially noticeable during the credit sequence and a jacket in Episode 3. Last but not least there was significant macro-blocking in large walls or other expanses of colour. This is visible at 26:40 and 28:40 in Episode 1 and many other places.
There are no subtitles.
The audio quality is fine.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync, which is of course critical in a comedy show.
The music by Howard Goodall does its job but doesn't stand out. The theme song is sung by a real church choir and was originally written for a hymn.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music, dialogue from the show and an intro. It allowed for episode or scene selection or playing all.
This is a special made in 1997 which features the lead character from the show Ballykissangel, Father Peter Clifford, as he visits Dibley on a priest exchange program. Quite funny but too short. Features even worse video quality than the main program.
A short promo for the following special feature, which was obviously shown on the same channel to promote the special.
Another short special from 1999 made for charity. A film company wants to film in Dibley and when Geraldine finds out Johnny Depp is involved she throws a party to welcome them to the village. Many mystery guests turn up at her party including (SPOILER ALERT: highlight with mouse to read) Fergie. Funny stuff and a good addition.
This is a very worthwhile extra which is a documentary about Vicars who are outside the norm, focusing mostly on female Vicars including one who Geraldine's character was based on. Also includes vicars who are in motorcycle clubs and ones who stage sit-ins on their church roof. Includes snippets from the show (in much better video quality than the shows are presented) and interviews with the writer, Richard Curtis, and various cast members. Good stuff!
Text biographies for Dawn French, Gary Waldhorn, James Fleet, Emma Chambers, Trevor Peacock, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Liz Smith (who does not appear in this series) and writers Richard Curtis, Paul Mayhew-Archer & Kit Hesketh-Harvey. Interestingly, the menu includes a choice for someone called Roger Bluthal who does not exist. Luckily, choosing Roger Bluthal takes you to the biography of John Bluthal, who does exist and is on the show.
A gallery of stills mostly from the shows which includes approximately 35 photos.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
On this basis the Region 4 version of the disc is the winner. Season 3 does not seem to be currently available in Region 2, as far as I can tell.
The video quality is poor.
The audio quality is fine.
The disc has a good selection of extras.
|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)|