Adam Hills-Live in the Suburbs (2006)

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Released 1-Nov-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Menu Animation
Featurette-Farmers Markets, Packenham Upper
Featurette-Terminator(Glass House)
Easter Egg
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 70:24 (Case: 86)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jordan Robinson

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Adam Hill
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
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 No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Adam Hills is probably best known, certainly in Australia, as the host of popular ABC-TV music quiz show, Spicks & Specks.However, he was a stand-up comedian long before that show started in February 2005. This DVD contains a live show from 2006 at the Cardinia Cultural Centre in an outer Melbourne suburb called Pakenham, which is a semi-rural area near the Dandenongs.

The show is very interactive with the audience and he is relaxed and comfortable with them. His opening stunt is a bit underwhelming but after than he warms up and delivers a very funny show covers topics as diverse as terrorism, disabilities (including his own missing leg), Australians, Steve Irwin, travelling, other cultures and accents and making fun of the local suburb names especially Pakenham Upper. Some may be surprised by some of the ruder jokes, however, compared to many comedians he is quite tame and good natured.

Visually, there is not much to look at here as he show consists of Adam on the stage, talking to the audience.

Annoyingly, there is no time coding on this DVD.

An enjoyable live show by a talented comic. I believe this DVD has just been re-released at a reduced price.

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Transfer Quality


The video quality is very good.

The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which would be the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced widescreen.

The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout, despite some graininess. Shadow detail is fine.

The colour was very good with no colour artefacts.

There were no noticeable artefacts.

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

There is no layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


The audio quality is good.

This DVDs contain one audio option, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

Dialogue was clear and easy to understand which is all that really matters for a live comedy DVD.

The surround speakers were not used.

The subwoofer was not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use



The menu was still and silent but functional.

Farmer's Market (6:55)

Adam visits the Pakenham Farmer's Market the day after the show. Mildly amusing.

Pakenham Upper (1:56)

Adam visits the place with the amusing name.

Interview (2:19)

A short chat with Peter Helliar about his worst gig ever.

Terminator (1:26)

An appearance by Adam on The Glass House where he impersonates Terminator 2. The also appears on the Best of the Glass House DVD.

Easter Egg (3:02)

I am not sure if this is actually meant to be an Easter Egg or is just missing from the menu. The only way I could find to access it was by choosing title 6 on my player. It is Adam's warm-up before the show in the dressing room and backstage.

R4 vs R1

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

This disc is only available in Region 4.


A funny live comedy show by Adam Hills, host of Spicks & Specks.

The video quality is very good.

The audio quality is good.

The disc has a small collection of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, August 11, 2008
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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) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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