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The Best Of The Colbert Report

review by Zach B.

 

 

Starring: Stephen Colbert

Running Time: 175 minutes

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Stereo

Released: November 13th, 2007

 

 

All of these "Colbert Report" segments are presented in their original televised aspect ratio, of 1.33:1 full screen. Not that you are watching this show for sheer visual quality, but things look pretty decent: good color saturation, and accurate fleshtones. However, there is quite a bit of contrast - lots of noise and some edge halos, and probably because of having 3 hours of material crammed on a single disc, some noticeable artifacting. Again though, this isn't something meant to be a home theater staple - this is a disc you pop in for laughs.

 

This "Best Of" release features English Dolby Digital Stereo tracks, but there is not much to say. Given the nature of "The Colbert Report," there is a lot of talking - so the biggest compliment I can give this release is that Colbert and whom he speaks to all sound clear. Music cues are audible, as are the cheers and applause from the crowds. Fidelity is pretty high, too. Given what the show is, this is all perfectly fine.

 

Not even a copy of the Miriam-Webster Dictionary so we can look up "truthiness" for ourselves? Bah.

 

Like Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report" is a brilliant outlet for topical comedy. While season sets on DVD would be prove to be impossible for this series, this release flawlessly sums up the show's appeal, providing a lookback at some of its most memorable segments since its debut. So whether you were there right from the start when Colbert gave the world "truthiness," or want to see what the fuss was all about with the green screen contest or Bill O'Reilly appearance, this is a great release for any fan of the show. Bring on volume 2! (In a few years, probably... or at least when the writer's strike ends...)