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Outrageous Fortune: Series One [Region 4]

Robyn Malcolm , Grant Bowler , James Griffin , Rachel Lang  |  Unrated |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Robyn Malcolm, Grant Bowler, Antony Starr, Siobhan Marshall, Antonia Prebble
  • Directors: James Griffin, Rachel Lang
  • Producers: Outrageous Fortune - Series One - 3-DVD Set ( Outrageous Fortune - Series 1 ), Outrageous Fortune - Series One - 3-DVD Set, Outrageous Fortune - Series 1
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 4 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Umbrella Entertainment
  • Run Time: 564.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C3366O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Wests are a one-family crime wave with a proud tradition of thievery, larceny and petty crime - until now. When patriarch Wolfgang West is sentenced to four years in jail, his wife Cheryl decides enough is enough; the family are cleaning up their act and going straight. Can the Wests live up to Cheryl's resolve and stay out of crime? It's not easy to be a saint when you have the DNA of a sinner.

Outrageous Fortune is a bold family comedy-drama about the wrong sort of people trying to do the right thing. A bold, fresh series by turns bawdy, actionpacked, satirical and trashy, this is cutting edge contemporary drama.

Episodes:
Slings and Arrows
The Rub
A Little More Than Kin
The Cause of This Defect
The Infants of Spring
But Never Doubt I Love
Foul Deeds Will Rise
My Dearest Foe
When the Blood Burns
The Fat Weed That Roots Itself
It Cannot Come to Good
To Be Honest as This World Goes
Go, Bid the Soldiers Shoot ...Outrageous Fortune - Series One - 3-DVD Set ( Outrageous Fortune - Series 1 )

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5.0 out of 5 stars Put down the cannolli... June 13, 2013
Format:DVD
Step away from the Sopranos. The Wests are more fun than the Corleones and grittier than those Jersey folks. Who'd have thought New Zealand would give us one of the best crime families ever seen on the big or small screen.

When paterfamilias and career criminal Wolfgang West (Grant Bowler) gets sentenced to four years in the pokey for his last job (and has to serve 3 without possibility of parole), Mom Cheryl (Robyn Malcolm) decides it's time to take the family out of the petty crime game and go legit. Her children by and large disagree, her attempts to find legitimate employment are just as difficult as they would be in real life, and the straight and narrow turns out to be kinda crooked in its own way.

The family is unabashed Trash. Daughter Pascalle (Siobhan Marshall) dreams of becoming Rachel Hunter and thinks stripping in cheesy dives is a step in the right direction. There are two twin sons: Jethro is already on the straight and narrow, a fresh-from-passing-the-bar lawyer; his identical twin, Zack, is adorable but slow. Very, very slow...the possible result of being locked in a freezer when he was eight. Both twins are played by Antony Starr. Starr pulls of an incredible trick: he manages to look enough like himself to convince you he is twins, but not quite exactly like himself. The different hair helps, but Starr masters a completely different physicality for both brothers, their facial expressions and body language are distinct and different, without being overdone.

Youngest daughter Loretta (Antonia Prebble)wants to be David Lynch/George Romero/Tim Burton when she grows up. She managed to miss a couple of years of school by blackmailing one of her teachers (and her attorney brother's long time lover).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real fortune! May 6, 2009
By Dan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having lived in New Zealand for a couple years, I didn't expect much from this series. Being such a small country, home grown television tends to be done on the cheap and usually very forgettable.

But this is a brilliant drama-comedy about a criminal family trying to play it straight, and realizing that those on the right side of the law are every bit as amoral as they are.

The characters are well-developed and have their endearing flaws and quirks; the dialogue is witty (Learn a bit of Kiwi slang and Maori references for the full effect.), and the plot twists are unexpected and will leave a smile on your face. Clips from New Zealand rock bands are featured throughout the series.

It has a bit of an "Arrested Development" meets "Desperate Housewives" feel to it, but it is its own brand of drama and humour and not a copy of either show by any means.

New Zealand broadcast TV is much more risqué than broadcast TV in the U.S., so you'll see a fair bit of unedited swearing and partial nudity. This merely adds to the silliness and absurdity of the characters and plots.

ABC is doing a remake of the show for U.S. audiences, but given broadcast standards in the U.S. it will probably be as watered down as some of the Britcom remakes. Get the original. It's worth it.

This is a Region 4 PAL-format DVD but can be watched on a PC with a DVD drive (that must be set to Region 4) or a "region-free code-free" DVD player (which you can get on Amazon for $40-50) like this one: PHILIPS DVP3140 - ALL REGION CODEFREE MULTI SYSTEM DVD PLAYER WITH DivX. PLAYS PAL/NTSC DVDS FROM ANY COUNTRY ON NTSC TV. REMOTE INCLUDED.

TV3 in New Zealand is about to start production on Season 5. Seasons 1-4 are already available on DVD. Pick them up while you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Outrageous! August 10, 2009
Format:DVD
One of my best friends who is from New Zealand introduced me to this show. Hopefully the US remake will force a region 1 release of the awesome kiwi original. It's my favorite kind of show...one that can make you laugh and cry. Truly one of a kind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a taste of kiwi low life trying to make good October 30, 2008
Format:DVD
This is up to about the 6th season on tv in NZ. It is about a criminal family TRYING to live on the right side of the law.It has been snapped up by a number of different countries and is apparently being re-written for US tv. buy this DVD you'll have a taste of the original.
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