Grumpy Old Men at Christmas (2003)

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Released 1-Dec-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 59:03
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Alan Lewens

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Stuart Prebble
Stephen Bayley
Bill Bryson
Jeremy Clarkson
Felix Dexter
Bob Geldof
A.A. Gill
David Gower
Michael Grade
Jeremy Hardy
Tony Hawks
Simon Hoggart
Noddy Holder
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Ken McAlpine
James McColl
Alan Tilston

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/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 English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Grumpy Old Men at Christmas was a special made for the BBC in 2003. It is part of an ongoing series of shows for the BBC which started in 2003, featuring well-known men (certainly in England anyway) in their 40s, 50s and 60s b****ing about the changing world around them. Luckily, they are very entertaining and amusing while they are b****ing which makes these shows fun to watch. Scarily I often find myself agreeing with them. Maybe I am trying to prepare for turning 40 by learning how to be a grumpy old man.

    This particular special (which runs just under an hour) focuses on what the grumpy old men hate about Christmas including consumerism, family events, carollers, cards, advent calendars, pantomimes, nativity plays, gift giving, lights, Santa, songs, food, drinking, trees, office parties, crackers, the Queen's speech and the aftermath of Christmas Day. Featured grumps include journalists, chefs, comedians, DJs, musicians, actors, television presenters and more. Some are well known here and others are only really known well in England. The assembled talent includes such names as Rick Stein, Arthur Smith (a highlight), John Peel, Elliot Gould, Rick Wakeman, Rory McGrath, Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear, Will Self and others. The show is narrated in a very droll way by actor Geoffrey Palmer.

    This show is certainly entertaining and amusing and I found it enjoyable entertainment. I thought the less than 60 minute running time with no extras was a little disappointing.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

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

    The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Some sections included some background grain but this is not a major issue.

    The colour was very good.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were yellow, clear and easy to read.

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    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 256 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync. In terms of this show nothing else really matters in terms of audio quality.

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    The menu was still and silent and included the ability to select scenes and subtitles.

R4 vs R1

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

    This Christmas special is included on the DVD of the first series in Region 2, which probably makes it a better buy. The first two series are being released here soon.


    An fun vox pop style special of English celebrities complaining about Christmas.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, August 18, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output
DisplaySony 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 DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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