Rock n Roll Nerd: The Tim Minchin Story (2008)

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Released 6-May-2009

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General Extras
Category Documentary Menu Audio
Deleted Scenes-Montreal 2006 (3:26)
Deleted Scenes-"I'm So Tired" (Tim writing a musical) (3:35)
Deleted Scenes-Rock N Roll Lifestyle (1:42)
Deleted Scenes-Tim writing a song for BBC radio, Edinburgh 2005 (3:33)
Deleted Scenes-"You Grew On Me" (Tim playing at home) (3:50)
Deleted Scenes-"Mitsubishi Colt" Montreal 2006 (13:37)
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2008
Running Time 89:40
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (74:58) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Rhian Skirving

Madman Entertainment
Starring Rhian Skirving
Tim Minchin
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Jackson Jackson
Tim Minchin
Harry Angus

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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 None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Rock + Roll Nerd documents over a three year period the rise of musical comedian Tim Minchin - from obscure Melbourne artist to decorated international performer.

    The documentary picks up in 2005 just as Tim shapes his new image, conceding that he needs to "look better" if he wants to make anything of his career. Clips of Tim prior to his makeover are barely recognisable, but make for a hilarious diversion. A successful stint at the Melbourne Comedy Festival sees Tim invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a considerable step up where the venue is enormous and the pressure is on. Additional stress comes from a family angle, as Tim's partner falls pregnant and they face the prospect of having to survive with no income.

    Rock + Roll Nerd is as revealing as it is entertaining, and that's where it succeeds most of all. It's by no means all sunshine and rainbows, as the bad reviews are not shied away from in the slightest. The emotional highs and lows of Tim's journey make for an intriguing learning experience and a fascinating insight into the business decisions that face a newcomer to the industry.

    While a considerable amount of time is spent as a fly-on-the-wall so to speak, some time is dedicated to Tim's stage performances. It's here that he really shines, in fact it's equally fascinating to gauge his development as a performer through these glimpses into his stage routine. If you're more interested solely in Tim's comedy, then his So Live DVD is probably more up your alley, however, if you're at all interested in the man and his humble beginnings, this documentary is a must.

    My review of Tim's So Live DVD, filmed at the Sydney Opera House and also available on Madman in Region 4, can be found here.

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Transfer Quality


    The entire documentary has been captured digitally on HD cam (16x9) and looks as good as you would expect of a contemporary production. A handful of retrospective clips showing Tim in performance (before he changed his image) seem to be sourced from analogue video, possibly VHS, but any brief detriment to the video quality is more than made up for in their sheer hilarity.

    Video grain of the mildest variety can be seen in darker shots, such as backstage, but as a whole the image is sharp, clear and consistent. MPEG compression artefacts are completely absent.

    No subtitle streams are included.

    This disc is dual-layered (DVD9 format), with a layer transition placed during a black, silent moment towards the end of the feature at 74:58.

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    A single stereo soundtrack accompanies the feature (Dolby Digital, 224Kb/s). As far as stereo soundtracks go, this serves the documentary perfectly.

    There's nothing remarkable to report here, the interview segments are well recorded and dialogue is crystal clear. Musical passages are similarly well balanced and easy to follow. Audio sync is perfect.

    There are obviously no examples of surround or subwoofer activity to report.

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    The menu pages are static, with a brief audio clip looping in the background. The menu pages and all of the below extras are presented in 16x9 widescreen.

Deleted Scenes-Montreal 2006 (3:26)

    We're given a glance of Tim's Montreal debut as the closing act of the Just For Laughs comedy festival, then follow he and his wife back to the hotel afterwards where they discuss his experiences playing in a covers band.

Deleted Scenes-"I'm So Tired" (Tim writing a musical) (3:35)

    Tim sits at the piano in his home and performs a moving number from his musical, which I presume is a work-in-progress.

Deleted Scenes-Rock N Roll Lifestyle (1:42)

    A conversation with Tim while he's doing the ironing.

Deleted Scenes-Tim writing a song for BBC radio, Edinburgh 2005 (3:33)

    This is a fascinating glimpse into how Tim works, as he shapes a song while pausing now and then to scribble notes. This was performed on the final day of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2005.

Deleted Scenes-"You Grew On Me" (Tim playing at home) (3:50)

    Like the performance of I'm So Tired above, this is Tim at home running through a song which was, at the time, a newie to be incorporated into his show.

Deleted Scenes-"Mitsubishi Colt" from Darkside show in Montreal 2006 (13:37)

    Tim interacts with the crowd in this excerpt from his Montreal performance before performing Mitsubishi Colt, an hilarious beat poem that has become one of his signature tunes.

R4 vs R1

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

    This title is only available in Region 4 at the moment. Given Tim's popularity in the UK, I would expect a Region 2 release is on the horizon too.


    Rock + Roll Nerd is an excellent documentary, showcasing a unique Australian talent.

    The DVD transfer quality is great.

    The extras are worthwhile.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Saturday, June 13, 2009
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DVDDenon DVD-3910, using HDMI output
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-3806 (7.1 Channels)
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora III floor-standing Mains and Surrounds. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Center. Mirage 10 inch powered sub.

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