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  • Widescreen 1.78:1
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  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
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    English - Hearing Impaired
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  • Theatrical trailer
  • Short film - The World Today

The Craic

Roadshow Entertainment/Roadshow Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 85 mins . M . PAL

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This Craic is as unfunny as a plumber’s butt crack, with a transfer that’s just as pretty too. Now where else can we find big, gaping cracks – in the toaster, that’ll do pretty things to a DVD*. The Grand Canyon – that’ll get rid of this disc for good. Maybe it’s just me but I never want to see this disc again – once is enough. A crack like the Grand Canyon is definately a must see, but this Craic definately isn't in the same league of must-see 'wonders'.

* note: don’t try this at home

The Craic, starring stand-up comic Jimeoin, failed to hit the spot with this guy – sure, the cow line is funny, but the rest of the film tries to be funny but really doesn’t get there. Even at just shy of 90 minutes, the laughs are too few and far between, especially given the nature of some real Aussie comic gems that throw out the laughs faster than we can take them in. Now, admittedly, not being a fan of Jimeoin probably doesn’t help this cause, but there is just something missing from the comedy – oh that’s right, wit. It’s definitely not the worst comedy ever, but then again it’s no cracker either.

Fergus (Jimeoin McKeown) and Wesley (Alan McKee) are two Irish fellas who get a smidge of trouble back in Ireland and decide to hide out down under in Australia. Ooh, but trouble is looming as their visas reach their expiry date, and no, not the small plastic card variety, so the pair go on the run from the immigration officials. But then, by coincidence, the trouble in Ireland has too decided to hide out in Australia, and the bad guys soon catch a sniff of these Irish blokes running around the Queensland outback, meeting a cast of typically colourful Australian characters including to backpacking Aussies and a psychotic melon farmer.

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Presented in the widescreen aspect of 1.78:1, this transfer is very close to the original aspect of 1.85:1, and is anamorphically enhanced. Colours, while richly mastered, look a little sloppy and uneasy, resulting in a rather colourful mess on screen. This not-so-charming appearance is exacerbated by the lack of clarity and detail in the image, something that has been caused by the small budget of the production process. It’s not totally unwatchable, but definitely isn’t going to win “picture perfect picture of the year” or any such award. I think that we are becoming accustomed to clean and clear transfers and the beauty of digital television that these imperfections are just unexpected and heavily frowned upon in our crystal clear visual world today. Most annoyingly though are some rather large reel cue marks that occur consistently and regularly throughout the film, something that should have been cleaned up for the DVD transfer. Maybe it’s a “Roadshow for Australian films” thing, as Priscilla suffered the same fate. Fitting snugly on a single layer, with plenty of room to spare, The Craic is supplied to us with a single English for the Hearing Impaired subtitle track which, to be honest, is used quite constantly throughout the opening of the film due to some rather thick accents, but more on that in the 'audio' area.

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The sole Dolby Digital 5.1 English effort is reasonably nice, but nothing that is really aurally exciting. Dialogue comes thick and fast from the centre channel, and is distinguishable for most of the film. They keyword there is most. Some phrases come rather heavily doused in a rich Irish accent and are almost indistinguishable to decipher in a limited time frame, resulting in the aforementioned subtitles being turned on. Synch is, thankfully, spot on – just imagine the mess if that went skew-whiff. Surround and sub action is limited to the odd effect, but generally these are fairly dormant throughout the film, giving the impression of a stereo track rather than a surround track.

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The two extra features, presented from a simple menu, are a 40 second letterboxed theatrical trailer and a three minute short film which is totally unrelated to The Craic, similar to the short film found on the DVD for Cosi.

  Overall  
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The Craic is ultimately a disappointing film on a disappointing DVD. The story of the film, while interesting enough, tends to be a little tedious and rather unrewarding, with the occasional laugh far to sparse for a good comedy. The transfer too has a few questions to answer for, namely with the rather poor video transfer and ordinary audio transfer. The lack of extra features is expected for such a low-budget film, and the two included are nothing special in the least. Fans of Jimoein may appreciate it more, but there are better comedies out there that are sure to give you more than just the occasional giggle.

P.S.: Apologies to the plumbers out there. You don’t all show your butt crack, but that’s all I’ve seen. And admit it, it’s not all that pretty either.


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      And I quote...
    "This Craic is as unfunny as a plumber’s butt crack, with a transfer that’s just as pretty too..."
    - Martin Friedel
      Review Equipment
    • DVD Player:
          Sony DVP-NS530
    • TV:
          Sharp SX76NF8 76cm Widescreen
    • Receiver:
          Sony HT-SL5
    • Speakers:
          Sony SS-MSP2
    • Centre Speaker:
          Sony SS-CNP2
    • Surrounds:
          Sony SS-MSP2
    • Subwoofer:
          Sony SA-WMSP3
    • Audio Cables:
          Standard Optical
    • Video Cables:
          Standard Component RCA
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