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Cloudstreet (2011)

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 365 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089LT95E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

SDH subtitles
BONUS Behind-the-scenes segments including Adapting an Australian Classic, Creating the World of Cloudstreet, From Novel to Script to Screen, Creating the Magic, Creating the Music, and more

Editorial Reviews

"Winton is a one-man band of genius." -Los Angeles Times
"Funny, warm, real, heartbreaking and altogether masterly" -The Guardian (U.K.)

"Stunning" -Western Mail (U.K.)
"Infused with Winton’s rich language" -The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Adapted by Tim Winton from his award-winning novel, this acclaimed Australian miniseries is gripping, poignant, and gorgeous. Set around Perth from 1943-63, it tells the story of two rural families, each scarred by catastrophe, who end up sharing a large, ramshackle house that shudders and groans with memories of its own.

The Lambs are hardworking, God-fearing, and devastated by a horrific accident. The Pickles are luckless and derelict, blown by the winds of fate and their own bad decisions. The families couldn’t be more different, yet they find common ground beneath the same roof. Years pass and they stay together, shouting, brawling, laughing, loving, and enduring. Exquisitely filmed with an outstanding ensemble cast led by Kerry Fox (An Angel at My Table), Cloudstreet is "a triumph" (The Australian).

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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As I understand it, Tim Winton's "Cloudstreet" is virtually required reading in the Australian educational system. It is both studied and beloved as a contemporary masterpiece. When a TV miniseries adaptation was announced, it was met with enormous anticipation. Some claim that this is as solid an interpretation as you're likely to get considering the complexity of the source material. Others have claimed that the series misses the mark somewhat, once again citing that the book itself would be extremely difficult to bring to life. The narrative includes an immense cast, it is spread over several decades, and there is a metaphysical (even surreal or magical) element that oftentimes removes the tale from the land of the conventional. As this DVD release is geared toward the North American marketplace, it's fair to assume that many of those that discover it will not have had the benefit of reading the novel. I, myself, fall into that camp and am looking at "Cloudstreet" from the perspective of someone who is new to the story. Sometimes intoxicating, sometimes maddening--I will say that this six part series is wholly unique. I wanted to love it more than I did, but it is certainly never less than fascinating and wildly ambitious. Recommended for serious audiences (this is a not a casual view), one thing is for certain--"Cloudstreet" never plays it safe.

The story revolves around two rural working class families that decide to share a residence in a suburb of Perth. Both are coming from years of struggle, and one family is coping with a recent tragedy. This immense new home begins to symbolize new life, new possibility. Over the episodes, the house itself is a central and stabilizing character in its own right--the thing that repeatedly keeps the disparate plot threads tied together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Cloud Street calamity of couples and children July 15, 2012
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Odd families embark on life under one Perth roof. Strange situation, peculiar characters drive this series based on Australia's most popular novel. Dysfunctional with a capitol "D". Depiction of poor, low-class, depressed people not unlike though lives encountered in Oklahoma's "Grapes of Wrath" or Ireland's "Angela's Ashes." But this Cloudstreet lot of whackos can't seem to help themselves. The acting is good enough to repulse intellectual viewers. Not Pulitzer level.

SDH SUBTITLES for all 6 episodes of this story told through the mind of the brain-damaged Fish Lamb.

~~~~~1 Lamb boy is mentally injured in a near-drowning. Sam Pickles loses fingers on his working hand then inherits a house; but he's a gambler with a wife & 3 kids. The Lamb parents with 6 kids lease half the house, yard, & even get their own private privy. Filmed around Perth, Australia.
~~~~~2 Oriel & Lester lamb open a store, growing food in their yard; intent on bettering their lot. Dolly Pickles takes to drink & men. Simple Fish latches on to a pig while his brother Quick witnesses an accident. It's a hard life on Cloud Street as WWII ends.
~~~~~3 Years later, both families yet sharing the house, except for Orry who prefers canvas I in the back yard. Terrible, horrible lives continue plaguing members. Troublesome to watch. One child can take no more.
~~~~~4 Bob Crab's still in the area, a man who has unfinished business with the house. A Lamb boy spreads despair beyond the family. Pa Pickles goes into hiding from betting debt; his wife leashes her lust on Pa Lamb, easy pickin's being a man long without.
~~~~~5 Grief again visits the Cloud Street abode. Will it come again? Quick returns glowing like a space alien. Weird. A pig sings. What's with that?
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As I understand it, Tim Winton's "Cloudstreet" is virtually required reading in the Australian educational system. It is both studied and beloved as a contemporary masterpiece. When a TV miniseries adaptation was announced, it was met with enormous anticipation. Some claim that this is as solid an interpretation as you're likely to get considering the complexity of the source material. Others have claimed that the series misses the mark somewhat, once again citing that the book itself would be extremely difficult to bring to life. The narrative includes an immense cast, it is spread over several decades, and there is a metaphysical (even surreal or magical) element that oftentimes removes the tale from the land of the conventional. As this DVD release is offered toward the North American marketplace, it's fair to assume that many of those that discover it will not have had the benefit of reading the novel. I, myself, fall into that camp and am looking at "Cloudstreet" from the perspective of someone who is new to the story. Sometimes intoxicating, sometimes maddening--I will say that this six part series is wholly unique. I wanted to love it more than I did, but it is certainly never less than fascinating and wildly ambitious. Recommended for serious audiences (this is a not a casual view), one thing is for certain--"Cloudstreet" never plays it safe.

The story revolves around two rural working class families that decide to share a residence in a suburb of Perth. Both are coming from years of struggle, and one family is coping with a recent tragedy. This immense new home begins to symbolize new life, new possibility. Over the episodes, the house itself is a central and stabilizing character in its own right--the thing that repeatedly keeps the disparate plot threads tied together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Oddly Fascinating
I have never read this book nor heard of the author to be honest. This is a very complex story with lots of characters so in some ways I think I may have disliked the book due to... Read more
Published 22 days ago by LimeyLe
3.0 out of 5 stars UMmmmmmmmmmm?
Very good acting, BUT, you needed to know from the BEGINNING, that it's the story seen through the eyes of the younger boy,
and you don't find that out until after it's ended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by aussiegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
One of the best series we have seen. Great acting, writing, scenery. Rented from Netflix, but we wanted to own and rematch this marvelous series.
Published 3 months ago by John M. Sewell
4.0 out of 5 stars So- this was a thoughtful presentation
I had to think little and suspend reality more than normal- but all in all worth the time spent watching..
Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Nulph
4.0 out of 5 stars Kerry Fox Owns It
In Cloudstreet, Kerry Fox truly, deeply and a little madly embodies central character (well,at least in this iteration) Oriel Lamb, matriarch of an unfortunate Australian family... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jean Musmacher
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Cloudstreet
This so much reminded me of "Carnavale", which I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot in Cloudstreet was a little more drawn out, and I found myself getting bored and fast... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pleased as Punch
1.0 out of 5 stars Threw it away
Terrible. Stopped watching after 15-20 minutes. Same reaction by others. Eventually threw it away. Do not want to subject anyone else to this disgusting, stupid show.
Published 12 months ago by Linda Paris
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts about Cloudstreet
I just started watching this mini-series on DVD after reading about it in People Magazine. As an American, I didn't have much knowledge of Australia's role in the war or life in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marianna Steriadis
5.0 out of 5 stars Cloudstreet: A unique Australian television miniseries
"Cloudstreet" captures the story of two very different Australian families living under one roof, and their colourful lives are both tragic and inspiring. Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by Nicholas R.W. Henning
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