The Worst Week of My Life-Series 2 (2004)

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Released 4-Sep-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Outtakes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 201:23
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Mark Bussell
Justin Sbresni
Dan Zeff
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Nina Humphreys


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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 No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

The Worst Week of my Life is an English comedy series which first aired on the BBC in 2004. Subsequently, it has been shown in Australia on the ABC and in total three seasons of it have been made. The third series, based on the build up to Christmas, showed on local TV just before Christmas 2007. Now, Roadshow are releasing the second series on DVD, following on from the first series they released a few months ago.

These seven episodes cover the seven days of a week leading up to the birth of publishing executive, Howard Steele (Ben Miller) and his now wife Mel's (Sarah Alexander) baby, one day per episode. To put it mildly, the week does not go well as Howard strikes many problems, both accidental and caused by his own stupidity. He then makes things worse by trying to cover the problems up. This time his problems include allegations of sexual harassment, being arrested, his heavily pregnant wife, the cottage they are planning to move into, the funeral of his wife's grandmother and his father-in-law's CBE. Mel's family includes her High Court judge father, Dick (Geoffrey Whitehead), socialite mother, Angela (Alison Steadman) and her ex-SAS Uncle Frasier. Other important characters are Eve, Howard's long-suffering PA and Ronnie, his embarrassing father.

This is a very funny show featuring lots of sight gags, amusing (if unbelievable) situations and some excellent comic acting by the whole cast. Some scenes are certainly belly busting in their hilarity, especially as the family get more and more sick of Howard's mistake prone life. A lot of the comedy is either slapstick or based on the class differences between Howard and his wife's family. Ben Miller is excellent as the accident prone Howard and Geoffrey Whitehead and Alison Steadman do great work as his long suffering parents in law. There is also a nice undercurrent of heart in this show which aids its believability. Recommended for fans of slapstick and English comedy generally.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The video quality is reasonable but marred by a low bitrate.

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

The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some light grain throughout which tended to be heavier in darker scenes and sometimes turned into macro-blocking in backgrounds.The shadow detail was decent.

The colour was good but sometimes marred by inconsistencies in broad expanses of colour.

There was also some mild aliasing.

There are subtitles in English. They were clear, easy to read and included some summarisation from the spoken word.

The layer change occurs between episodes.


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Audio

The audio quality is good.

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

Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

The music used is mostly the nice theme song but it suits the show well and sounds good on this transfer.

The surround speakers were not used.

The subwoofer did add bass to the music plus some tension noises.

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Extras

Menu

The menu features rotating stills, the theme tune and a nice cursor motif.

Interviews (13:14)

This featurette includes sound bite style interviews with cast & crew along with scenes from the show. They discuss the situation in the second series along with how the characters develop. Interesting but light.

Outtakes (2:37)

An amusing selection of stuff-ups.

R4 vs R1

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

This show is also available in the same format in Region 1 & 2 plus as part of a set including all three series in Region 2 only.

On this basis lets just call it a draw.

Summary

The second season of a very amusing class difference and slapstick based comedy series from the UK.

The video quality is reasonable.

The audio quality is good.

A small selection of extras are included.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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