Adam Hills-Characterful and Joymonger: Live (2008)

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Released 4-Dec-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Alternative Version-AUSLAN version
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2008
Running Time 99:34 (Case: 148)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Adam Hills
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI ? Music None Given

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 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 is his second live comedy DVD , following on from Live in the Suburbs. This one is slightly strangely named Characterful and Joymonger which doesn't really make much sense until you realise that these were the titles of two previous sets of material he used at the Edinburgh Festival, which have been combined together into the one show on this DVD. The show was recorded last year at The Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. The show is divided into two sections, Characterful (43:27) and Joymonger (56:07). There was obviously an intermission in the live performance between them.

    This is a very funny show, better than the previous DVD which was pretty funny in itself. Adam is his usual relaxed and gregarious self, interacting well with the audience and managing to make fun of them in a non-threatening way. One of the interesting elements in this show is the addition of an AUSLAN sign language translator. This may seem like just a politically correct attempt to attract a particular audience however he uses the sign language translator as part of the act using her for comedy as well as just translating. Other topics include England, Canadians, reality TV, toilets of the future, the English language and surrealism in the first half. In the second half he also gets onto prostate checks, Steve Irwin, flying, terrorism, American, the Queen and his artificial foot.

    An edited version of this show was shown on the ABC recently.

    An excellent live show by a talented comic.

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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 light 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 also an option to have the AUSLAN signer permanently displayed on the screen in a white bordered box.

    There is a layer change during the second half of the show which caused a significant pause.

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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.

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Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    The menu was still and silent but functional. Subs are available for extras.

Disc 2

Audience Outtakes (20:50) 

    A large selection of audience interaction scenes (6 in all) from the same show as the main feature. There is certainly some funny stuff here and others he struggles to relate to. Definitely worth watching.

Backstage Shenanigans (13:41) 

    Follows Adam before the show, during intermission and afterwards as he warms up, tells stories, chats to friends and talks about his career. Quite interesting..

The Helpmann Awards 2007 (2:45) 

    Footage of Adam's mum accepting his award for Best Comedy Performance using a speech he wrote for her.

A Little Bonus from Cork (11:41) 

    A live show in Cork recorded by an audience member using Adam's camera. Funny stuff. 4x3



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 set has a good collection of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, March 07, 2009
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
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