We Can Be Heroes: Finding the Australian of the Year (2005)

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Released 1-Sep-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 164:35
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Matthew Saville
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Chris Lilley
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    The satirical mockumentary is one of my favourite forms of humour. I am a huge fan of the movies of Christopher Guest including This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. Accordingly, I was very interested to see this locally produced satirical mockumentary which I missed when it was shown on the ABC. This six part series was written and co-produced by local comedian Chris Lilley, who also stars as the 6 major characters. He does a fantastic job as a comedic actor in portraying such wildly varying characters, from country teenagers, to a middle aged woman, to a young Chinese PhD to a teenage school girl. He manages to capture the mannerisms and vocal style of each of the characters extremely well.

    The six episodes follow the lives of 5 nominees for Australian of the Year as they vie to be chosen firstly as state finalists and then as the sole candidate for their state. As the series progresses we learn more about the reality of each character rather than their initial image. The five nominees (all played by Lilley) are:

    Some of the characters are intentionally more farcical than others which means that the tones of the stories vary from very satirical to quite poignant. This series has some extremely amusing moments and obviously features significant improvisation from both Lilley and the support cast. To my mind there is not quite enough material here to fill all six episodes, however, that is not to say that it is a major issue. All comedy series are patchy to some degree or another, even great series like Monty Python, especially where improvisation is involved. One of the other great touches in this series is the theme tune which consists of people singing 'G'Day, G'Day'.

    The humour is not politically correct at all, poking fun at political correctness and people who do things for appearance's sake. The series is narrated by Jennifer Byrne which certainly adds to the documentary style.

    A funny series which is also very innovative. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was fine but rarely needed.

    The colour was excellent throughout.

    The only noticeable artefact was aliasing which occurred infrequently and was mild in nature. An example can be seen at 6:09 in Episode 1.

    There are no subtitles.

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    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 which is the most critical ingredient in a comedy series.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu included an intro, music, motion and the ability to select episodes and scenes.

Deleted Scenes/Bloopers

    A mixture of extra material from each of the characters. The material included is split into sections for each character, including:

R4 vs R1

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

    This series does not seem to be available outside of Region 4, which is not very surprising. The disc is actually coded for all regions.

Summary

    A funny locally produced satirical mockumentary.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    Extras consist of deleted scenes, extra improvisations and bloopers.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Sunday, November 13, 2005
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