Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009)
Main Menu Audio
Deleted Scenes-Seven Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer-Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee
Teaser Trailer-Madman Propaganda
|Year Of Production||2009|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Shane Meadows|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Unknown||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|
With his last two films, British filmmaker Shane Meadows seems determined to avoid being pigeonholed. Following his dark 2004 film, Dead Man's Shoes and the confronting, This Is England, Meadows surprised everyone with a gentle and moving film, Somers Town. His latest venture, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is an even further departure from those dark dramas. Although all of Shane Meadows films contain elements of humour, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is his first genuine comedy. It is a low-budget, faux documentary made with a limited crew and shot using a utilitarian style.
The premise is quite simple. Le Donk (Paddy Considine) is an ex-band roadie who is now trying his hand at managing a "wannabe" rap artist, Scor-zay-zee (Dean Palinczuk). With a small documentary film crew in-toe (headed by Shane Meadows, playing himself), we follow Le Donk as he wheels and deals to secure Scor-zay-zee a supporting gig with British band, Arctic Monkeys. Naturally, not everything goes smoothly.
Much of the dialogue is seemingly improvised and many of the jokes may be lost on foreign audiences, but Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is still a reasonably enjoyable film. There's no doubting this is a casual and modest film by Shane Meadows, but then again I don't believe it was ever intended to be much else. Worth a look.
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which is 16x9 enhanced. While I couldn't actually confirm the original aspect ratio, it appears correct.
The transfer exhibited decent sharpness throughout. Blacks were clean and shadow detail was very good. Colours appeared natural and well balanced. There were no MPEG artefacts evident in the transfer. Film-to-video artefacts weren't problematic and film artefacts were non-existent.
Unfortunately, there are no subtitles available on the disc. This would have been handy in a few scenes to assist with some heavy accents.
This is a DVD 9 disc. The layer change is well placed and occurs at 57:00.
There is only one audio track available on the DVD, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 Kb/s), which is surround encoded.
As I mentioned previously, some accents in the film are a little heavy at times, but generally I coped with the dialogue fine. Regardless, any issues with comprehension certainly didn't stem from problems with the transfer. Audio sync appeared to be accurate.
Original music is credited to Scor-zay-zee. This is obviously all the rap music used in the film. However, there is also quite a bit of music from other artists, including Meadows regular, Gavin Clark.
It's nothing startling, but the surround encoded audio track supplied some nice crowd noise and music through the rear channels. The subwoofer came to life during music scenes.
|Surround Channel Use|
The main menu is static, 16x9 enhanced and features a sample of rap music from the film.
A selection of seven scenes, which failed to make the final cut.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
While it's miles from his best work, Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is a mildly enjoyable film from Shane Meadows. The main characters aren't particularly endearing and much of the humour is hit and miss, but at least the film doesn't wear out its welcome.
The video and audio transfers are fine. The deleted scenes are quite amusing and worth a look.
|DVD||Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu Ray Player, using HDMI output|
|Display||Hitachi 106cm Plasma Display 42PD5000MA (1024x1024). Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080i.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Panasonic SA-HE70 80W Dolby Digital and DTS|
|Speakers||Fronts: Jensen SPX7 Rears: Jensen SPX4 Centre: Jensen SPX13 Subwoofer: Jensen SPX17|