Tim Minchin-Ready for This? (2009)

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Released 9-Sep-2009

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Menu Audio
Booklet
Trailer-Madman Trailers
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 105:12
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Simon James
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Tim Minchin
Case Amaray Variant
RPI $29.95 Music Tim Minchin


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 Yes
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Tim Minchin is without a doubt one of the funniest, most accomplished Australian comedians to emerge in the past decade. In his productive career he has gathered awards from comedy festivals as varied as the Edinburgh Fringe, the Melbourne International and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in the US. No subject is taboo in Tim's performance, and that bright red MA rating you see on the DVD is well earned indeed.

    In Ready For This?, Tim performs his hilarious new material in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Sydney's Enmore Theatre. Two old favourites are thrown in; Canvas Bags and Dark Side are numbers from his earlier shows. Much of his new material addresses events and concerns that came to light in the Rock 'n Roll Nerd documentary, such as the reaction he received while using the "N" word to describe people of African origin. One song also retorts violently to a negative review of an early London show, published in the Guardian.

    I think it can be pretty safely said that Tim's comedy isn't for everyone, but if you appreciate intelligent, musical comedy with a socially observant sting this may be up your alley.

    You might also be interested in my reviews of Tim's earlier DVDs, Rock + Roll Nerd and So Live.

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Track Listing

1. Ready For This?
2. Prejudice
3. America
4. I Love Jesus
5. Gay
6. The Good Book
7. If I Didn't Have You
8. Sarah
9. Confessions
10. Canvas Bags
11. Pun
12. Bears Don't Dig On Dancing
13. Criticism
14. The Song For Phil D.
15. The Youtube Lament
16. Storm
17. Dark Side
18. White Wine In The Sun

Transfer Quality

Video

    This live performance was captured digitally, and has been transferred faithfully to DVD in a 16x9 enhanced, 1.78:1 ratio.

    This generally clear and sharp transfer is let down by heavy compression grain and occasional macro blocking. It's been some time since I've seen MPEG compression issues this noticeable, which surprised me when considering this is an essentially bare-boned title on a dual-layered disc. The image breaks up considerably during simple fades and strobe lighting effects. When the stage smoke machine kicks in, things get worse. The 105 minute feature occupies 6.1Gb of disc space, which in my mind doesn't equate to the level of compression artefacting on display.

    There are no subtitles included.

    A layer break is placed during the feature, but it was not noticeable on my equipment.

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Audio

    A single Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack graces the disc, encoded at a moderate 224Kb/s.

    This is a good replication of the theatre environment, Tim's vocal and his musical accompaniment are always distinct. Crowd noise is at an appropriate level and never overpowering. Sync is spot-on.

    I attempted to process the audio via Pro Logic II, with surprisingly suitable results; the majority of audience noise was separated to the rear channels. In the absence of a proper 5.1 mix, I admit that for this predominately vocal performance the stereo audio does a fine job.

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

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Extras

Menu Audio

    A simple, static, 16x9 menu, graphically identical to the cover art, with an audio loop of the main theme as background music.

Booklet (28 pages)

    The package includes a thick, 28-page colour booklet, containing all the lyrics from Tim's show. It's glossy and very well laid out, as though we were reading Tim's notepad or sheet music.

Madman Trailers

    After the usual anti-piracy spiel, are trailers for the films Save Your Legs, Not Quite Hollywood and Danny Bhoy: Live at the Sydney Opera House.

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. According to Tim's Facebook updates, a UK Region 2 equivalent is also on the way.

Summary

    Ready For This? is an excellent live show, showcasing a unique Australian talent.

    The DVD transfer quality is passable.

    A booklet is the only substantial extra.

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Friday, October 23, 2009
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910, using HDMI output
DisplaySanyo PLV-Z2 WXGA projector, Screen Technics Cinemasnap 96" (16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.
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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