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    Alan Partridge Blu-ray Review


    Jun 10 2014 04:54 PM | Todd Erwin in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
    Steve Coogan brings his most famous character (in Britain) to the big screen in Alan Partridge, a humorous black comedy about a disc jockey (played by Colm Meaney) who takes a radio station and its crew hostage after being fired by the station’s new management. Coogan plays the title character, a fellow DJ who is sent in by the local police to negotiate the terms of surrender.

    Title Info:

    • Studio: Magnolia
    • Distributed By: N/A
    • Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA
    • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
    • Rating: R
    • Run Time: 1 Hr. 30 Min.
    • Package Includes: Blu-ray
    • Case Type: Blu-ray Eco keepcase
    • Disc Type:
    • Region: A
    • Release Date: 06/10/2014
    • MSRP: $29.98

    The Production Rating: 3.5/5

    The character of Alan Partridge began in 1992 as the host of a fictional talk show on BBC Radio 4, Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge. The character was so popular that the series transitioned to television, followed by another television series, I’m Alan Partridge in 1997, a mockumentary about Alan’s radio show Mid Morning Matters on Radio Norwich. To a degree, the film Alan Partridge picks up some seventeen years later with much of the same cast, but losing the mockumentary approach, instead telling a straightforward story.

    As the film opens, media conglomerate Gordale Media has just acquired North Norfolk Digital, wanting to transition the station to a new format they are calling “The Shape: The Way You Want It To Be.” This means making some major changes at the station, including streamlining the on-air talent. Trying to smooth things over with the new management, Partridge barges in to a meeting to welcome them aboard, but sees on the agenda that they will be discussing letting either him or late night DJ Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney) go, and proceeds very awkwardly that management should “Just Sack Pat.” Farrell is then asked to clean out his desk during Partridge’s show, goes home, and returns that evening during a rebranding party and takes control of the station at gunpoint. Partridge manages to escape, and is then asked by the police to return to the station and negotiate Farrell’s surrender.

    Alan Partridge is the type of comedy that viewers will either love or hate, and a great deal of that has to do with the film’s main character being extremely unlikeable. Much of the humor comes from the complete awkwardness of the situations Coogan’s character gets himself into, along with his interactions with those around him. It helps that Coogan is very comfortable portraying Partridge (after all, it’s what made him a star in the UK), and quite often director Declan Lowney allows the cameras to roll and let Coogan break loose. Colm Meaney is, perhaps, underrated as a character actor, and gives a very sympathetic performance as the quite often down on his luck sad sack Pat Farrell. The rest of the supporting cast is very good, but many are carry overs from previous incarnations of Alan Partridge. The film has no big laughs, but I did find myself laughing softly throughout, thanks to some humorous one liners by screenwriters Peter Baynham, Coogan, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, and Armando Iannucci.
    Just Sack Pat

    Seals Out The Freshness

    Video Rating: 4/5 3D Rating: NA

    Magnolia’s 1080p AVC encode retains the film’s intended theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1. Colors are accurate and consistent, never over saturated. Detail is very good, particularly in the textures of the actors’ faces and clothing. Contrast is handled well, with deep blacks and bright whites, with very little evidence of washing out. Shot digitally with the Red Epic camera, the “print” is obviously free of any defects.

    Audio Rating: 4/5

    For most of Alan Partridge, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is in standard comedy mode, with clear dialogue directed mostly to the center channel and music spread nicely across the front and rear soundstages. LFE is used briefly, especially when Pat Farrell begins shooting his rifle, and discrete surround effects are employed sparsely.

    Special Features: 3/5

    Making of Alan Partridge (1080p; 12:05): The cast and crew discuss making the movie, interspersed with clips from the film and behind the scenes footage.

    Behind The Scenes (1080p; 1:42): An assembly of raw behind the scenes footage set to music from the film’s soundtrack.

    AXS TV: A Look At Alan Partridge (1080i; 2:56): A watered down version of the first documentary, made for the AXS TV channel (partially owned by the same parent company as Magnolia).

    Also From Magnolia Home Entertainment (1080p; 5:15): Trailers for Stage Fright and Best Night Ever, plus a promo for the Chideo website.

    BD-Live: As of street date, the link still suggests viewers check back for updates.
    Theatrical Trailer

    Overall Rating: 3.5/5

    Definitely not for everyone, Alan Partridge is an amusingly dark and very British comedy that brings Steve Coogan’s alter ego to the big screen. The disc is not quite as feature-packed as its Region B release from Studio Canal, but most Americans aren’t aware of the title character or who Steve Coogan is.

    Reviewed by: Todd Erwin
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    I'm a loyal fan of Steve Coogan and will be watching this tonight. I encourage fans to watch the full-length 'The Trip' if they can get their hands on it (the shorter version is on Netflix) - Coogan is terrific in that and it's also very funny and features Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey) as well.Thanks for the review!

    I meant to post this last week, but I loved this film. I often smile and chuckle at comedies that I like, but I gaffawed on a at least a few occasions. I sincerely hope there is more where that came from! 

    Steve is a comic genius , always loved his chat show on TV. Can't wait to get hold of this blu ray.

    I originally caught this on a flight to England and thoroughly enjoyed it so much so that I ordered the blu ray from Amazon UK - I am normally ambivalent about Steve Coogan but have turned around to least watching out for his performances thanks primarily due to this and his work in Philomena.



    Netflix has added this to their rotation this month, for those who prefer to view before they buy.