Grumpy Old Men-Series 1 and 2 (2003)

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Released 17-Aug-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Animation
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 232:22 (Case: 234)
RSDL / Flipper No/No
Dual Disc Set
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-S/C-Dual
RPI $29.95 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 Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Grumpy Old Men is a television series made for BBC2 in the UK, which features well-known (at least in the UK) celebrities, mostly from television, radio and the print media, talking about things which annoy them. The things that annoy them vary from the modern world to young people and many topics in between. They are mostly in the 40-60 year old age group. The series started in 2003, with a second series in 2004 and a third in 2006. This set contains the first two series, a total of eight episodes, spread over 2 DVDs. Each episode runs for a little under half an hour and is vaguely related to one topic.

    The assembled talent includes such names as Bob Geldof (1st series only), Rick Stein, Bill Nighy, Arthur Smith (a highlight), Rick Wakeman, Rory McGrath, Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear (2nd series only), Will Self, Bill Bryson (2nd series) and lots of others. The show is narrated in a very droll way by actor Geoffrey Palmer. The show is very amusing and spawned another series - Grumpy Old Women. There are also two Christmas specials which have previously been released on DVD locally.

    Specifically, the episodes are:

Series 1

  1. Is This The World We Created? - This episode includes an introduction to why men of the age group are grumpy generally and then they specifically discuss music, clothing, piercings, sex, flares and celebrities.
  2. Stuff - Cars, computers, cell phones, technology & 4WDs.
  3. A Life In The Day - Newspaper Inserts, coffee, exercise, health, banks, fast food, Ikea, parking, smoking & restaurants.
  4. So Who Is To Blame? - Women, liberation, children, local councils, political correctness, Thatcher, Blair, royals and television.

Series 2

  1. Is It Just Me? - Rules, sex, dogs, pets, holidays, airlines, the English abroad, other nationalities, football and patriotism.
  2. Nanny State - Everybody telling what to do and not do, cameras in the street, cancer, prescription drugs, smoking, prams, parenting, instructions, taking legal action.
  3. Meedja - Newspapers, columnists, breakfast TV, 24 hr news, celebrities, reality TV, news, advertising, BBC, pay TV.
  4. Going Large - Body issues, food then and now, TV chefs, flash restaurants, wine and health food.

    There are lots of great laughs to be had here, especially if you fit the demographic (or will soon, like me). The second series is better than the first. I think the new celebrities introduced improve the show. Recommended.

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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 other than little bits of aliasing.

    There are subtitles in English. They were clear and easy to read.

Video Ratings Summary
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Film Artefacts


    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 regards to audio quality.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    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.

    Each series is available separately in Region 2 and not available in Region 1. It would seem that at least the Season One episodes run at least 10 minutes longer on the UK release. On this basis, I would recommend the Region 2 version. Very strange indeed.


    A fun vox pop style special of English celebrities complaining about everything that annoys them.

    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?)
Thursday, August 31, 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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Comments (Add)
Thanks for subtitles - Neil
Series 1 seems edited. - REPLY POSTED