Fawlty Towers-Volume 2: The Psychiatrist (1975)
|Category||Comedy||Menu Animation & Audio|
|Year Of Production||1975|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
John Howard Davies
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Fawlty Towers is without a shadow of a doubt the greatest television comedy series ever made. If you haven't seen it, you should. If you have seen it, you should watch it again because it just keeps getting better. One thing which has surprised me about rewatching this material is how much I am laughing despite having seen this series numerous times.
This series was previously available on DVD, having been released in Region 4 as a box set back in 2001. Now the series is being re-released as four separate discs, each containing three episodes. Based upon what I have seen so far, there seems to be no reason to buy these discs if you have the set. Additionally, if you want to own the entire series, the 3 disc set is still available for about $50 and these discs are nearly $20 each. It just doesn't add up. This disc has no extras and the video quality does not seem to have changed (it was quite good to begin with). The box set had quite a lot of extras. Our review of it can be found here. One nice thing about this reissue is that each disc includes a different version of the sign outside the hotel. This one features Watery Fowl.
This second disc contains three episodes, which are split between Series 1 & Series 2 of the original series. I can't really see why these three episodes have been put together on one disc. The episodes included (which are all excellent) are
In short, this is great television but the original box set seems to be a much better buy. However, this may be useful present for someone in your life if you only have $20 to spend.
The video quality is quite good considering the age of the series. Based on the previous review I think these transfers are the same ones used previously.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was nicely clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. As you would expect grain is evident throughout but the level is reasonable for the age of the show. The shadow detail is pretty ordinary. The bright studio lighting would certainly add to this problem.
The colour was quite dull generally speaking and there was some bleeding, flaring (comet trails) and chroma noise.
There is some aliasing and posterization to be seen.
There are subtitles in English. They are clear and easy to read.
The disc is single layered.
The audio quality is fine.
This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono soundtrack encoded at 192Kb/s.
Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync. This is obviously the critical part of the audio transfer.
The music consists mostly of the famous theme which is slightly distorted during the opening credits.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu design is very good, featuring scenes from the show. It allows for episode access and subtitle selection.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The series does not seem to have been released in this format in Region 2.
The video quality is good for a series of this age.
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|