Ballykissangel-Series 1 (1996)
|Year Of Production||1996|
|Running Time||292:27 (Case: 324)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.29:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.29:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
In the late nineties one of the most popular BBC/ABC series revolved around the residents of the small Irish town of Ballykissangel and its new English priest, Father Peter Clifford (Stephen Tompkinson). The series ran for 6 seasons from 1996 to 2001 and covered a total of 57 episodes. This first series included 6 episodes, which are spread across two discs. Clifford has been reassigned by the church from England and arrives to find himself mistrusted because of his relative youth and Englishness. Over the course of this first series he builds the trust and friendship of the locals until he becomes a fully accepted member of the community. The plotlines of the episodes revolve around the mild adventures and inter-personal relationships of the various villagers. The key residents are:
In addition to these there are many other regular characters, however most of the story lines, certainly in this first season, revolve around those mentioned above. The other characters provide local colour and comedy relief. This is an entertaining and colourful comedy drama which has interesting storylines and slowly developing relationships which catch your interest. I had not seen the series before and found the first couple of episodes a bit slow and felt the series did not really pick up fully until episode 3. By the end of series 1, I was enjoying the show much more than I did initially and would be keen to see the next series.
This DVD production is a bit slapdash with only the episodes (no extras), no chapter selections, no time coding on each episode and even a mistitled episode on the back cover. Luckily, as you can see below the video quality is pretty good, so it's not a total loss. If you want the episodes, this DVD set is OK, but it certainly could have been better and a series that was this popular when shown on television would certainly be worth spending a bit more time on.
The episodes included are:
The video quality is good but not spectacular.
The feature is presented in a 1.29:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout, a bit better than you might usually expect for television of this age, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was at best average. Some grain was evident especially in backgrounds.
The colour was a bit dull but nothing to complain about really.
Artefacts included some mild aliasing on car grilles and the like, some occasional edge enhancement and some little bits of macro-blocking especially in backgrounds.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read.
The layer change causes a short pause on each disc.
The audio quality is fine.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.
Dialogue was mostly clear and easy to understand except for some accents but this is an issue with the original material rather than the transfer. There was no problem with audio sync.
The music by Shane Davey suits the show well, including some lilting Irish themes and the odd touch of whimsy.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu was very simple and still.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This series is available in Region 2 in the same format as ours or in Region 1 with quite a few extras. The differences are as follows:
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 1 seems to be the best bet.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is fine.
|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||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer|