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Image Transfer

Aspect Ratio1.78:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes

Image Transfer Review: The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is generally decent, with rough moments. Gaffigan looks solid and presentable, with plenty of fine detail during closeups, but the red velvety curtain used as the backdrop tends to get a little smeary. The oft-used audience reaction shots run the gamut too, from dimly lit to just plain muddy.

Not great. Not awful. More often good than bad.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishyes
Dolby Digital

Audio Transfer Review: Two choices under audio: 2.0 stereo and 5.1 surround. There's not a whole lot of flash here, so the stereo track works just fine, with Gaffigan's voice consistently clear. Bump up to the 5.1 and audience laughter is noticeably larger, creating more of a live feel, yet still not up to the "you are there" surround levels of Jeff Cesario's We Can Get A Hooker Tomorrow, which for some reason still resonates with me as one of the great standup audio mixes.

This one, however, is fine under either setting.

Audio Transfer Grade: B- 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 27 cues and remote access
1 Documentaries
18 Featurette(s)
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: All sorts of Gaffigan-y extras here, ranging from wacky animation, to a fairly standard interview, to a full-motion menu that features some cute video footage of his two young kids eating barbecue ribs.

The extras start with three episodes of Gaffigan's animated collaboration with Conan O'Brien, the Emmy-nominated Pale Force series, about those superheroes with the "spooky bloodless skin." There's three eps here: Sidekicks (03m:25s), Land Of The Robots (03m:40s), and Pale Christmas (06m:57s), and are available for individual viewing or via Play All. Next up is Our Massive Planet, in which Gaffigan portrays—via voiceover—some sort of animal expert who doles out nonsensical information while images of animals plays. The segments are Credentials (:53s), Primates (02m:14s), Zebras (02m:49s), and Dogs (01m:28s).

There's a bunch of promo material geared around Gaffigan's recent Sexy Tour, beginning with a largely mock Never Aired British Interview (06m:57s) and the Atlanta: Meet And Greet On Demand (09m:49s), made for Comedy Central. The Sexy Tour Friday Night Stand Up—also available with Play All option— is a collection of nine teasers meant to hype the tour, and feature Execs (01m:10s), Wardrobe (01m:10s), Omelette (01m:20s), Make Up (:54s), Models (01m:23s), PA (01m:32s), About Sexy (:42s), Call Director's Chair (01m:52s), and Sex Version 1 (01m:16s). On a slightly serious tone—at least as serious as a standup gets—is the longest single bonus bit, the XM/Sirius Interview (26m:33s) from the Unmasked series.

The disc is cut into 27 chapters, with no subtitle options.

Extras Grade: A+

Final Comments

Jim Gaffigan continues his spot-on observational standup with King Baby, a tight 70-minute set touching on most of his favorites topics: food, laziness, and more food. Damn, that pale guy is a hoot. Your mileage may vary on the replay value of a comic, but this is really funny stuff and certainly merits a rental.


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