Bill Bailey-Live at the Apollo: Part Troll (2004)

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Released 24-Mar-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Featurette-D V Diary
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 93:22
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (73:19) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By None Given

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Bill Bailey
Case ?
RPI $29.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.75:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    If you are not sure who Bill Bailey is and have just clicked through on the off chance that this may interest you, then please let me explain. Bill Bailey is an English comedian, best known in this country for his role as the beardy weirdo Manny Bianco on the BBC comedy series Black Books, which first aired in Britain in September 2000. If you have not heard of (or especially if) you don't like Black Books, then thanks for your time. On the other hand, if you like Black Books or English comedy in general, hang around because this is a very funny show and well worth a look.

    Bill Bailey - Part Troll is a 90 minute live comedy performance filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo (a large theatre) during Bill Bailey's tour of Britain in 2004. The tour was called Part Troll, which refers to him believing he was part troll during his childhood. Generally speaking, nearly all of the comedy and song parodies included here hit the mark with only a small section of jokes about drugs not working for me. Some of the topics covered include religion, travelling, Australian customs, hunting, vegetarians, America, Popular music, the Taliban, George Bush (including the musical scale of Evil), public transport, England's position in the world, philosophy and rock music. The parodies of U2 & Kraftwerk were very amusing indeed. There were some references which would only be understood in England, however, generally the comedy was not specific. Despite his distance from them his interplay with the audience and his ad-libbing were highlights of the show. Visually, he had a number of instruments on stage which he used during the performance including a Theremin and films were played on a large screen behind him. A well produced show, which I enjoyed very much.

    Recommended for stand-up comedy fans, especially if you enjoy Black Books.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is presumably the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. The shadow detail was very good.

    The colour was generally good, however there was a bit of noise in some coloured backgrounds.

    The only noticeable artefact was some occasional mild aliasing.

    There are no subtitles.

    The layer change occurs at 73:19 and caused a slight pause.

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


    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains two audio options, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s, and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s. I really like what they did with the 5.1 track here, making you feel like you were sitting in the middle of the audience. It really gives you the feel of a live comedy show, including the slight echo of a large theatre. Please note this soundtrack is very loud so turn down you amplifier from its usual volume if you value your ears!

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The surround speakers added mostly crowd noise and also some music. As I mentioned above this really created the atmosphere of a live show well.

     The subwoofer was not used very much, really only adding minor bass to the music.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



    The menu included motion, and the ability to select scenes, the music sections only and choose audio tracks.

Augenblik (4:40)

    A short featurette showing development and rehearsals for the Kraftwerk parody. Mildly amusing.

DV Diary (25:32)

    One of the most boring 25 minutes I have EVER spent. Basically digital video footage taken by Bill in every services, hotel room and dressing room on the tour. Inspects the trouser press and tea & coffee making facilities in every hotel room. Don't do it to yourself!

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is available in Region 2 in exactly the same format.


    A very funny live show by the beardy weirdo from Black Books, Bill Bailey.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The disc has two extras of very dubious quality.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, April 14, 2005
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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