Max And Paddys Road To Nowhere: Season 1 DVD Review
PictureThe picture here is presented as anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 with narrow black bars down each side of the image (these are only small so may not be noticeable on most TV's due to their over-scan). The transfer is as good as its original broadcast source - it obviously doesn't have a filmic quality about it but colours are good, detail levels perfectly adequate and there were no noticeable artefacts, grain, motion blur or any other DVD nasties. The image is (understandably) very similar to the Phoenix Nights DVD's.
SoundThis release has a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. Once again, this is a DVD of a TV programme so one cannot expect demo material here. There is a little ambient surround noise but the majority of the sound comes from the front three channels as this is a dialogue biased piece. The soundtrack works perfectly well for what is required and never really catches your attention for either good or bad reasons, but this neutrality is often better than an over the top audio track.
ExtrasThe extras on this disc are as follows :
Deleted Scenes (12m21s). This is a short collection of unused scenes from throughout the episodes - nothing particularly special and there is no guidance as to why they were removed which is a shame.
Outtakes (23m42). This is a more humorous extra as it has plenty of funny moments. However it is mostly Kay and McGuinness indulging themselves in in-jokes and making each other laugh so does become a bit repetitive and self-indulgent after a while.
There are also 2 trailers (1m25s) for the series and a photo-gallery slideshow (1m40s).
VerdictMax And Paddy's Road To Nowhere is good fun. I personally don't think it is a classic and wouldn't put it alongside Kay's best work to date, however it does still contain plenty of funny moments and such is Kay's talent, that even his lesser comedy is funnier than many newcomers' best attempts. The DVD itself is nice enough with decent picture and sound, although the extras aren't really worth returning to. Certainly one for fans and for those new to his work, I hope this will entice you seek out his other DVD's.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99
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