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directed by Ian Fitzgibbon, Elliot Hegarty, Natalie Bailey
UK 2017

 

A British remake of the 2006 Israeli sitcom MESUDARIM - itself based on the true story of the sale of 1998 sale of Israeli tech company Mirabilis' assets to AOL for $407 million - LOADED finds the quartet of slackers - ideas man Josh (HORRIBLE HISTORIES' Jim Howick), pitch man Leon (EMMERDALE's Samuel Anderson), stoner artist Watto (UNCLE's Nick Helm), and timid coder Ewan (CHICKENS' Jonny Sweet) - behind the tech company Idyl Hands and its hugely popular smartphone game "Cat Factory" learning that money does not make things easier but magnifies existing problems when they sell to an American company. Josh gives his parents "the world" in the form of a world trip but his parents decide to use the spending cash gifted to them Leon to spend time from one another. Josh's on-again-off-again girlfriend Abi (THE DETECTORISTS' Aimee-Ffion Edwards) does not seem to want his money but she does want his support in her terrible start-up ideas; yet Josh still finds himself trying to buy her affection away from "friend" Greg (Tom Stourton, DECLINE AND FALL). Watto tries to reconcile his new found wealth with all of his non-conformist, social rebel, and rock star ambitions while Ewan still finds himself unable to assert himself in leadership after having long been the invisible fourth member of the team due to his technically-oriented function and his shyness. Leon dives headlong into ostentatious hedonism with a new pad for the group, a boat, and other swag but finds his loyalty to the team tested by Casey (IN PLAIN SIGHT's Mary McCormack), the cut-throat executive from their American owners who is pushing them to "sell out" by focusing their creative efforts on a sequel to "Cat Factory" (although Josh is not too sold on the misogynist-rape-culture-promoting viking world-building game alternative). Through eight episodes, the quartet face additional challenges from a lawsuit brought about by a friend of Watto's for infringement - which is complicated by Leon's bullheadedness when advised to settle - Casey's redefining of their roles, a visit from Casey's boss (Michael Brandon, FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET) that proves the first of many blows to Casey's own aggrandizing self-image, Watto's addictions and strained relationship with his mother, Ewan reconsidering how he fits into the group, Josh's fears about Abi's faithfulness, and Leon finding his attempts at "smug-bombing" various naysayers from investors to his former schoolmaster not as satisfying as well as questioning his perception of himself as an up-and-coming mover and shaker.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 8 May 2017 - 26 June 2017 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Acorn Media - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Acorn Media

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 5:34:05 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.83 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Strreo
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option; 2:46:30):
� - 1: 'Lawsuit' (16:9; 41:14)
� - 2: 'Leon's Teacher' (16:9; 41:38)
� - 3: 'Josh's Mum and Dad' (16:9; 41:50)
� - 4: 'Watto's Mum' (16:9; 42:04)
� Picture Gallery

� Disc Two:
� Episodes (with
� - 5: 'The Boat' (16:9; 42:05)
� - 6: 'The Red List' (16:9; 41:54)
� - 7: 'The Expo' (16:9; 42:00)
� - 8: 'The End of Cat Factory?' (16:9; 41:50)

DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 48

 

 

Comments

With eight episodes spread over two dual-layer DVDs, Acorn's presenation of LOADED is bright and colorful but softness is apparent in long and wide shots. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track gets the job done in terms of dialogue, music, and effects, and optional English HoH subtitles help things along for some of the more rapid exchanges. The sole extra is a picture gallery.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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