The Tom Green Show-Something Smells Funny (2000)
Featurette-Production Team on Tom
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Ray Hagel|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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||Yes, during and after credits|
I haven't seen The Tom Green Show, but I get the impression that it is the show you should watch if you think that Candid Camera, or, more appropriately, Sam Newman's Street Talk (The Footy Show, AFL version) doesn't go far enough, or if you think South Park is too politically correct.
There is some studio content, and some direct-to-camera, but a fair bit is vox-pop - confronting people in the street and getting their reactions.
This disc is just under 59 minutes long, and it has 34 chapter stops - that's 1:44 minutes per stop. It is a series of grabs from the show, with no connection between them. Six of the grabs are out-takes, and one is "banned from TV". If you were familiar with the show, then this disc might bring back memories (nightmares?). If you are not, then it will come across as disjointed, with some of the scenes making little or no sense at all. Some examples are:
"Mustard Inspector" - Tom Green, in a white coat, enters unsuspecting supermarkets to inspect their mustard. Apparently inspecting mustard involves gargling it, having it poured all over your body, and wiped all over your face. Unfortunately it was sweet American mustard - it would have been funnier with English mustard.
"Hip Hop Camping" - Tom Green, as a character, attempts to show how to go camping. He tries, unsuccessfully, to light a camp fire, open a can of beans, and get a drink from a cactus. His lack of success may be attributed to attempting to light the camp fire with a stick of dynamite, to attempting to open the can of beans with a stick of dynamite (he did blow the label off, but only dented the can), and to break open the cactus with a large stick of dynamite. This sounds funny, but it wasn't.
"Burning Feet Man" - Tom Green wraps his shoes in rags, douses them with gasoline, and sets fire to them. He runs around, playing a super-hero to bemused passers-by. He needs his feet extinguished at regular intervals.
"Cow Brain Boat" - Tom Green, playing a character, demonstrates how to build a model boat from cow brains. This is possibly the most tasteless scene, as it has him beating on four severed cows' heads with a baseball bat and an axe.
"Glenn's Tattoo" - Tom Green plays a guitar and sings a song about children to his co-host's bare buttocks which have a felt pen drawing of Tom Green's face on them - this drawing is supposed to be a tattoo.
"Slutmobile" - Tom Green gets an airbrush artist to paint a pornographic scene on the bonnet of his parents' car, captioned "Slutmobile". He is surprised when his parents are unimpressed.
"Cooking Tips" - Tom Green's co-host pours, squirts, and throws food all over Tom Green, who is running through the audience. Some of the foodstuffs include flour, oil, eggs, and what looked like raspberry cordial. The audience members get liberally bedaubed.
This material is not a coherent whole. It is much more like a "deleted scenes" extra. Perhaps they left the programme off this disc, and all we got was the extra?
The entire DVD is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and is not 16x9 enhanced, which is to be expected for a TV programme.
The image is not razor sharp, but offers perfectly acceptable sharpness, although not as good as you would get from film-sourced material. It is clear throughout. Shadow detail is acceptable for videotape-sourced material. There is little apparent low level noise.
Colour levels were good, with no hint of oversaturation.
There were few artefacts to be seen, the most noticeable being the occasional touch of aliasing, most noticeably at 18:56 on a corrugated iron fence, but nothing serious.
The only soundtrack on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 mono English track, which of course is the one I listened to.
Dialogue was clear and easily understood except in a few cases (Tom Green speaking while running a loud petrol motor, for example). There were no visible audio sync problems.
There was very little music, and what there was rarely called attention to itself.
My surround speakers and subwoofer took the night off, but they weren't missed; there were a few explosions that could have used the subwoofer, but nothing special.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video quality is quite good, considering that it comes from videotape.
The audio quality is acceptable.
The extras are fine - more than I'd expect for a TV programme.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-737, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics matte white screen with a gain of 1.0 (280cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front Left and Right: Krix Euphonix, Centre: Krix KDX-C Rears: Krix KDX-M, Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5|