Cold Feet-Complete 4th Series (2001)
|Category||Comedy||Menu Animation & Audio|
|Year Of Production||2001|
|Running Time||408:10 (Case: 454)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Pan & Scan||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This very popular television series, which started in the 90s, has had a slightly strange history on DVD. This first series was originally released 4 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 the first series has been re-released by Shock/Time Life along with the other four series. 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 fourth season was made in 2001/2 and continues the fine quality established during the previous seasons. This season probably has more marital/relationship strife that the previous ones with quite a number of affairs and break-ups along with the usual dramas and comedic touches. This season also features the first new major character since the series began and sees one major character disappear. The new character is Jo Ellison (Kimberley Joseph), an Australian girl who works with Rachel. There are 8 episodes (one of which is a 70 minute extended episode) included in the season spread over three discs. The episodes are:
Another high quality season of a very good English comedy drama. Recommended.
The video quality is quite good, however it has obviously been cropped to fit a 4x3 screen, probably for analogue TV broadcast.
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 star for this. The cropping can be quite obvious.
The picture was reasonably sharp. There is some light grain throughout which is worse in some passages, occasionally becoming macro-blocking. The shadow detail is decent but not great. I didn't see any particular examples of low level noise.
The colour was quite good but there was some minor bleeding..
Aliasing was a bit more prominent in this compared to previous seasons, but not terrible. There was also some edge enhancement.
There are no subtitles.
The layer changes are quite obvious and occur during episodes on all three discs.
The audio quality is decent.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s. The sound is generally quite front and centre focused except for music which uses the front speakers.
Dialogue was mostly clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.
The score of this series is by Mark Russell which is reminiscent of the era without being overly dated. It includes a catchy theme song.
The surround speakers added some mild atmosphere when played with Pro Logic II.
The subwoofer was not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included music and motion plus the ability to select episodes and scenes.
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 two different versions and the recent one is the same as our original local release. A previous Region 2 release which is still available (at least on amazon.co.uk) was in 16x9 enhanced widescreen and included an extra called 'Cold Feet Backstage'. This older version seems to be the version of choice. It has not been released in Region 1.
The video quality is good, but has been cropped from the original widescreen.
The audio quality is decent.
|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|