Wilfred-The Second Series (2009)

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Released 19-Apr-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Making Of
Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 195:58 (Case: 200)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Tony Rogers
Studio
Distributor
SBS
Madman Entertainment
Starring Jason Gann
Adam Zwar
Cindy Waddingham
Case Amaray-Opaque-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music Sam Mallet


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

     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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good.

    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.

   
    

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

    

Menu

    The menu features music but was still. Episodes could be selected individually.

Making-of (27:13)

    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.

Wilfred Bites (6:42)

    Various what I presume to be deleted scenes of Adam & Wilfred talking, mostly about sex. Some mildly amusing stuff

Outtakes & Bloopers (5:30)

    Nothing overly amusing here but probably worth a look.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    Aussie comedy series, Wilfred, comes bounding back for a second season of hilarity and offensiveness.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    Small selection of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, May 21, 2010
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 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 DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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