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  • Actors: Daniel Roberts, Paul Tassone
  • Directors: Tony Tilse, Geoff Bennett, Peter Andrikidis, 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.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
  • Run Time: 555 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009DA73X0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Straight from the headlines, the 10 year war that schocked a nation
Melbourne, 1995. The Carlton Crew is the dominant crime syndicate, and a decade-long gangland war is about to take place, which will bring the city to its knees. Tied to these events is the rise and fall of career criminal Carl Williams, the man who sought to be the king of Melbourne s underworld.
Bonus Features: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, On the News Reel: Carl Williams A Day of Reckoning

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on April 25, 2013
MINOR SPOILERS:

As my review for the "import version" may be getting lost, I thought I would keep K. Harris company over here!

Pros:

1.) There was a good deal of nudity & violence

2.) The filming technique reminds me of a Guy Ritche movie

3.) Shows how unorganized "organized crime" crime can be

4.) Really good soundtrack

5.) I increased my knowledge of Australian slang

Cons:

1.) It was difficult to figure out the actual organizational structure of the "Moran Mob" (referred to in the series as the "Carlton Crew"). With the exception of the Loan Sharking (Mario) and the attempt of the Moran Brothers to get into the "X" business, it was difficult to ascertain what everyone else was into. I couldn't even figure out to the last disc that Mick was the defacto head of the crew. Perhaps it is me, though I tend to like details and enjoy doing the "math" re: ill gotten gains. Unless I missed it there were only 2 references to money/profits (other than the cost of having someone killed): interest rates that Mario charged and some loose references to the production costs versus sale price of "X"

2.) For mobsters these guys were sorely lacking in the personal protection arena. No bullet proof cars, trained body guards, etc. Alphonse (AKA "The Black Prince") was the only one that even seemed to have a home security system, which apparently doesn't alert you when the front door is left open! Also, I don't think that I saw anyone "sweep" for listening devices! Perhaps things are done differently in Australia, however, anywhere else in the world and relative to the money that some of these guys were supposedly earning, I would have thought that they would have protected themselves better

All in I would give the series 4-1/2-stars, though still falling short on an aggregate basis to the Sopranos (some seasons were better than others).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 15, 2012
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. My recommedation is to get the set, you'll want all three seasons in it. 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.

War on the Streets (2008) 5 stars: This series picked up Australian Film Institute awards for Best Television Drama, Best Director, Best Lead Actor (Gyton Grantley), and Best Lead Actress (Kat Stewart). This story arc concerns the rise and fall of Carl Williams, an ambitious hood who rose to great heights within Melbourne's criminal underworld.
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By Ruby on February 13, 2015
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Love my Aussie shows. This is awesome!
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By kathleen kotorac on July 17, 2014
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Thanks so much
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steve b on August 27, 2013
Underbelly is not the Sopranos, The Wire or the Shield, it is not that good. Having said that it's Ok, its just a run of the mill gangster show which is not saved by either it's Australian setting or the fact that it's based on real events. Beware much of the story is open to question. These are after all professional criminals who lie as a matter of course.

If you like Aussie crime series try Blue Murder (not the British series of the same name) or the Great Bookie Robbery both of which are like underbelly based on real events and much better viewing.
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