Cold Feet-Complete 3rd Series (2000)

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Released 2-Feb-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation-The Meaning Of Love
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 385:34 (Case: 384)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Declan Lowney
Mark Mylod
Nigel Cole
Tom Hooper
Studio
Distributor
Time Life Video & TV
Shock Entertainment
Starring James Nesbitt
Helen Baxendale
John Thomson
Fay Ripley
Robert Bathurst
Hermione Norris
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music The Other Two


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This very popular television series from the 1990s has had a slightly strange history on DVD. This first series was originally released four years ago by Universal. The review from then can be found  here. At the time many were annoyed by the fact that subsequent series were not released. Now in 2006, the first series has been re-released by Shock/Time Life along with the second and this third series. One assumes the other series will follow. An excellent summation of the concept and characters can be found at the link above, so I won't go into that in detail here.

    This second season was made in 2000 and continues the fine quality established during season two although it could be argued that season 2 was the peak. There are eight 50 minute episodes included in the season (two more than previous seasons), spread over two discs. The episodes are:

  1. (47:59 ) - David and Karen have new twins. Jenny and Pete are separated. Jenny is looking for a job.

  2. (48:07 ) - Pete is looking for a place to live permanently. Jenny starts seeing a new man and Rachel might be pregnant.

  3. (48:16 ) - Rachel and Adam are trying new ways to get pregnant. David is turning 40 and does something silly. Pete starts a romantic relationship with another existing character.

  4. (48:07 ) - Rachel and Adam are still trying to get pregnant. David's silliness continues. Pete joins a gay soccer team.

  5. (47:40 ) - A big announcement is made. Pete is lonely. Karen reignites an old flame.

  6. (48:30 ) - This is a big and important episode involving Adam's buck's weekend and Rachel's hen's event. Lots of big issues come to a head.

  7. (48:21 ) - Pete finally asks for a divorce and the wedding plans continue despite arguments.

  8. (48:34 ) - The wedding episode. Full of drama and romance.

    Another high quality season of a very good English comedy drama. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is better in most respects than the first series, however, it is in the wrong aspect ratio and has obviously been pan and scanned.

    The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced - which is not the original aspect ratio. I believe that would have been 1.78:1. As per our site policy I will deduct one rating star for this. The cropping can be quite obvious.

    The picture is a bit better than Season One in sharpness terms but still nothing special. It is equivalent to Season Two and is still quite grainy. The shadow detail is a little better than Season One but not great. I didn't see any particular examples of low level noise.

    The colour is certainly better with less issues and better saturation than Season One.

    Artefacts are also generally improved although I did notice some edge enhancement which I didn't notice in Season One. There is still some minor aliasing around. There are some occasional white lines.

    There are no subtitles except some occasional burnt-in ones for Spanish.

    The layer changes must now be between episodes.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    The audio quality is decent.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was mostly clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync. Some accents and a bit of mumbling made some lines of dialogue hard to decipher. Subtitles would have been a great help.

    The score of this series is by Mark Russell which is reminiscent of the era without being overly dated.

    The surround speakers added some mild atmosphere when played with Pro Logic II.

     The subwoofer was not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu included music, quotes from the dialogue and motion plus the ability to select episodes and scenes.

R4 vs R1

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

    This series is available in both Region 1 and 2. The Region 2 version is the same as our original local release. This Region 4 version of this series (when compared to Region 1) misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

    Region 1 is the pick here.

Summary

    The third series of an entertaining comedy drama series from England.

    The video quality is decent but no more.

    The audio quality is decent.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, February 05, 2007
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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