The Norman Gunston Show-Volume 3 (1975)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Unedited Tim Allen Interview
Notes-Guarantee Of Excellence
Trailer-Segment from Volume 1; Segment from Volume 2
Trailer-Malcolm; Secret Policeman's Ball
Trailer-What's Up, Tiger Lily?; The Natural History Of The Chicken
|Year Of Production||1975|
|Running Time||67:56 (Case: 75)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Simon Francis|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
††† Following on from Volumes 1 & 2 of this The Best Of The Last Norman Gunston Show, this time Norman meets with the likes of Ian Botham, Lionel Ritchie, Tim Allen and GunsíníRoses and features a musical number from African band Mahotella Queens. Normanís, and McDonaldís, comedy is hit and miss for me. He can be clever and laugh-out-loud funny one minute, and average the next, even embarrassingly un-funny at times. Again, this collection is no exception to the way I feel about McDonald, with it including some great interviews with Tim Allen and GunsíníRoses, and also some downers with Ian Botham and his musical rendition of ďUnforgettableĒ. Maybe itís just me, but I donít like his attempts at musical comedy.
††† The overall running time of 75 minutes does seem a bit short for each disc, and perhaps all of this footage could have been put on a single disc, or even onto a 2-disc set.
††† The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.
††† Being produced for Australian television, The Norman Gunston Show doesnít feature top production levels. The transfer cannot improve on the source material, and the fairly low-budget production comes up quite well. The sharpness is only ever adequate, and the shadow detail fares no better. The fact that the show features multiple shooting locations results in differing lighting quality. A constant, but never distracting, low level of noise and grain keeps this transfer from becoming anything more than expected.
††† Colours seemed consistently decent throughout the entire collection of clips, never bleeding or oversaturating.
††† MPEG artefacts were non-existent, but there were occasional film artefacts present, particularly during the first 30 seconds of the Tim Allen interview.
††† Being a single layered single sided disc, there is no layer change.
††† There is only one soundtrack, English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. The dialogue was always clear and I did not note any dropouts. I noticed some inconsistency with the dialogue quality, but this was due to the variability between the studio and the outside interview environments. The soundtrack is clear of any distinct background noise or hiss. There were no problems with audio sync either.
††† The few minutes of music contained within these clips came across very well, and was always clear.
††† Being a mono soundtrack, the surround and LFE channels were never required.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-525, using Composite output|
|Display||Teac 82cm 16x9. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||5 Sony speakers; Sherwood 12" 100w Powered Subwoofer|