Wilfred-The Second Series (2009)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2009|
|Running Time||195:58 (Case: 200)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Tony Rogers|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The best comedy pushes the boundaries of good taste. This second season of Wilfred certainly does. It is undoubtedly offensive to a significant portion of the population but at the same time is also funny, sometimes hilariously so. Our review of season 1 can be found here . The basic situation of this comedy series is the relationship between a man, Adam (Adam Zwar), his girlfriend/fiancé, Sarah (Cindy Waddingham) and her oversexed, drug-smoking dog, Wilfred (Jason Gann in a dog suit).
This show certainly pushes the boundaries of what can be shown on free to air TV, although I suppose SBS tends to be more on the edge than other networks. It is deservedly rated MA15+ for language, sex scenes and references and drug use. This second season of Wilfred has amped up the sex quotient and certainly some episodes work better than others. The first three where Wilfred romances a neighbourhood cat and then visits Sarah's parents with Adam and Sarah are all very funny especially the interactions between Wilfred and his father and Wilfred and the possum. Some of the middle episodes such as The Ice Dog Cometh are more offensive than funny. The last episode involving Wilfred getting into a dog fighting ring is a ripper.
The concept of the show is certainly a good one, different, interesting and a good vehicle for comedy. Those easily offended or probably even able to be offended generally should probably avoid this show but there is much to enjoy for broad-minded fans of Australian comedy.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced which I would guess is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was reasonably sharp and clear without being really crisp. Shadow detail is decent without being spectacular. There is also some regular light grain.
The colour was very good with no issues.
There were no other noticeable artefacts.
There are no subtitles.
There is no obvious layer change in the episodes.
The audio quality is good.
This DVD contains one audio option, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.
Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand although a little quiet at times.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used in an noticeable way.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu features music but was still. Episodes could be selected individually.
A lengthy behind-the scenes featurette with some interview segments with the stars. Mostly shows footage of the show being shot and how the stunts were done.
Various what I presume to be deleted scenes of Adam & Wilfred talking, mostly about sex. Some mildly amusing stuff
Nothing overly amusing here but probably worth a look.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This seems to be the only global release of this series on DVD. It is coded for all regions.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is good.
Small selection of extras.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|