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  • Actors: Daniel Roberts, Paul Tassone
  • Directors: Ken Cameron, Shawn Seet, Tony Tilse, Grant Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 568 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009DA73VW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two crime titans, two corrupt cities and an ever growing body count...Australia, 1976. Hard drugs hit the nation like a tsunami. Drug money flooded the underworld. With the new money came a new breed of hard men and willing women. Two names stood above all others blazing across the underworld and changing the face of organized crime in Australia forever Aussie Bob Trimbole and Kiwi Terry Clark.
Bonus Feature: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 15, 2012
Format: DVD
The fascinating television import "Underbelly" finally got a U.S. distribution earlier this year in a three season set, but now the individual seasons are being released separately. I first became aware of "Underbelly" when I read that it was Australia's answer to "The Sopranos." Since that first comparison, I've heard the same point made countless times. To be frank, other than the fact that they are two adult series set in the criminal underworld, I don't think that generalized statement is very apt or has much bearing on whether or not you'll enjoy this show. If you are expecting a rich "Sopranos" type narrative and continuing storyline, this isn't quite going to fulfill your expectations. But that doesn't make it any less intriguing. The general tone of "Underbelly" is a bit more lurid. The show itself has much more of a docudrama feel, recreating significant true events in Australia's criminal history complete with plenty of gratuitous nudity and violence. With edgy camera work, quick cut editing, and a propulsive soundtrack--this is a show that aims at getting in your face. And for the most part, it succeeds. One of my favorite elements of the show is that each season is its own unique entity with new characters and charting a new story. Heck, it's become somewhat of a franchise with five complete 13 episode seasons and a series of TV movies so far.

A Tale of Two Cities (2009) 4 1/2 Stars: This series picked up Australian Film Institute awards for Best Lead Actor (Roy Billing) and Best Screenplay for a dramatic program. Chronologically, this is Season Two in the series but without a continuing story, the order is less important although I like to see how something progresses.
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Loved it. Great acting. Must see! The actors look like the real people. Never a dull moment. I am obsessed!!!
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"A Tale of Two Cities" is a very well done drama about the Aussie mob. This series is a pretty unique telling of the Australian underworld beginning in the 1970's up to the present day. Its interesting in that it is not a traditional TV series in the way recurring characters are used in each season. "Underbelly" is more of a collection of mini series, each 13 parts with different characters in each season.

This season is chronologically the first in that it takes place between 1976 and 1987, but technically "Underbelly" began with "War on the Streets," using the same concept yet telling the story of the predominant gangs Australia during the late 90's and early 2000's. I have not yet seen the other seasons, but this season is comprable to most mob shows in America. The production value is not quite up to HBO standards, but the acting and writing is extremely complex and gives a great depiction of how organized crime is found in all parts of the world. There are alot of similarities between the Aussie gangs as seen here and other drug syndicates in the U.S and elsewhere. They essentially operate in the same way, using murder to enforce their rule and bribery to ensure protection from the law.

That said, this is the Aussie version, so their are some distinctive characteristics. Mainly, the proximity to South East Asia provides the smuggling routes for the heroin syndicate run by Terry Clark and Bob Trimbole. Clark is played by Matthew Newton with ruthless efficiency, while Roy Billing represents the Calabrian Mafia, Aussie edition. These two real to life men established a decade long grasp on the drug trade in Eastern Australia. Through their story, the viewer witnesses a somewhat typical rise that marks the careers of most gangsters who grow too big, too fast.
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