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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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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

Product Details

  • Actors: Kerry Fox, Stephen Curry, Essie Davis, Geoff Morrell
  • Writers: Tim Winton
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 365 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089LT95E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 22, 2012
Format: DVD
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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Great Australian series. So many unexpected things that happen not like American films. American series you can usually tell the out comes, but this Australian series kept me guessing which made it good.
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Bought this because the subject matter looked very unusual plus I wanted to see more of Essie Davis (Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries). Was not disappointed in the series or Ms. Davis performance as Dolly Pickles. If you like the actors and actresses in Miss Fisher, you will also be pleased to see that Hugo Johnstone-Burt is a key character in this series. He plays Fish Lamb a very different character than Constable Hugh Collins.
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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 which hooks up with another unfortunate Australian family to share a haunted house in Perth. The film, based on Tim Winton's popular novel of the same name, includes much magical realism as well as just plain spookiness. Also, a good amount of tragedy and some comedy ensues, but love and new birth offer redemption.

My favorite character, besides Fox's, is a wonderful talking pig, apparently a reincarnated sea captain who sings chanties and dances a hornpipe, and (more realistically) expects to end up on the table at Christmas. Magical realism is an acquired taste, but it looks like it's here to stay, at least as long as folks continue to need a little magic in their lives. And who can blame them for that in our otherwise coldly scientific, less religiously mystical world. Plus, it sells tickets/dvd's.
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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 forwarding over some parts of it.
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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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