Ali G-Ali G, Aiii (2000)

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Released 30-Jul-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-Ali G's Christmas Message To The Nation
Easter Egg
Rating Rated MA
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 James Bobin
Steve Smith
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen
Case ?
RPI $36.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Swedish
Danish
Dutch
Norwegian
Finnish
English
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Ali G is back in the second of his DVDs to be released in Region 4. Now with his own show and elevated status, the rapper from Berkshire is very much 'da man'. From one of the most interesting sets seen on British television, Ali hosts a show that features interviews in a similar fashion to those found on Innit, but adds a whole lot more. For a description of this interview style, see the review of Innit.

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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

This DVD's picture was sourced from video and overall is of slightly better quality than that found on the previous DVD. Most of the material is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with the exception of a couple of segments framed at 2.35:1. None of the material presented is 16x9 enhanced. The segments involving Borat have been produced to look like they are from a low budget foreign production with a grainy and orange look to them.

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.

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Audio

The audio is again in English Dolby Digital 2.0 with only average fidelity. Stereo separation is feeble. There are no drop-outs and audio sync was not a problem. A small amount of distortion is occasionally evident.

The surrounds are mostly quiescent, and like the previous DVD, Innit, only become audible when the audience laughed.

The sub remained on vacation.

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Extras

There are a few extras included on this disc.

Menu

All of the menus were animated, scored and 16x9 enhanced.

Outtakes

There are three minutes worth of outtakes after the end of the last segment.

Christmas Message

A ten minute Ali G Christmas Message that is 16x9 enhanced.

Easter Egg - Bonus Interview

An Easter Egg accessible via the main menu that allows you to view a bonus interview.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The Region 2 version is the same as the local one.

Summary

More high quality humour that will not be for everyone but those who are not easily offended should really enjoy this disc.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Gavin Womersley (read my bio)
Sunday, August 25, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using Component output
DisplayToshiba 117cm widescreen rear projection TV. Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderRotel RSP-985 THX Ultra certified surround pre-amp.
AmplificationParasound HCA-2003 3x300w THX certified power amp, NAD 208THX 2x300w power amp.
SpeakersVelodyne HGS-18 1250w 18 servo-driven subwoofer, Celestion A3 front speakers, A2 rear speaker (full range) and A4c center channel speaker.

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