Ali G-Ali G, Aiii (2000)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Ali G's Christmas Message To The Nation
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||98:06 (Case: 104)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Subtitle Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Starring||Sacha Baron Cohen|
|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||Varies||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Ali's 1/2 hour long shows typically feature a studio interview, a skit or two, a song, and Ali-style interviews in the field with a whole variety of experts and/or noted persons. His 'interview' with the owner of Harrods is extremely funny. Ali takes this interview concept all the way with his Borat character. Borat is a fictional Kharzakstani 'personality' who is on assignment in Britain finding out what makes the English tick. He looks at manners, attends the rowing, and goes fox hunting. English people are very polite but Borat tests them sorely. The people he interviews, thinking he is the 'real deal', accept his rudeness and crudeness and ignorance because he is a foreigner and does not know any better. This is the source of considerable cringe-style humour.
Ali G's humour is still centred on sexual organs, drugs, and so forth, but there is plenty of laughter coming from other areas as well. His American interviews are classics. In fact, my first experience of Ali G was seeing the interviews with the guys in the FBI. After having breathing difficulties as a result of too much laughter, I was hooked. As with the previous disc, subtitles are provided for those who have yet to catch on to his delivery style. This disc is comprised of highlights from his television series and includes segments that never went to air.
The picture was quite sharp, and definitely a little sharper than that offered on the Innit DVD. The small number of dark scenes on this DVD were not at all problematic.
This is a fairly colourful DVD. This is not just in relation to his colourful set, for in this series Ali sports a wider variety of clothing, virtually all of it garish. His 'tracksuits' are blue and red as well as white and black. No colour bleeds or other problems were evident in this transfer.
MPEG artefacts were not problem for this transfer.
This is a single layered DVD so there is no layer change.
The surrounds are mostly quiescent, and like the previous DVD, Innit, only become audible when the audience laughed.
The sub remained on vacation.
|Surround Channel Use|
All of the menus were animated, scored and 16x9 enhanced.
There are three minutes worth of outtakes after the end of the last segment.
A ten minute Ali G Christmas Message that is 16x9 enhanced.
An Easter Egg accessible via the main menu that allows you to view a bonus interview.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
More high quality humour that will not be for everyone but those who are not easily offended should really enjoy this disc.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 117cm widescreen rear projection TV. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Rotel RSP-985 THX Ultra certified surround pre-amp.|
|Amplification||Parasound HCA-2003 3x300w THX certified power amp, NAD 208THX 2x300w power amp.|
|Speakers||Velodyne HGS-18 1250w 18” servo-driven subwoofer, Celestion A3 front speakers, A2 rear speaker (full range) and A4c center channel speaker.|