Underbelly Razor: 3-Disc Set [Blu-ray]
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Australia released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: THIS IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF ORGANISED CRIME IN AUSTRALIA - Before Gangitano, Moran and Mr Asia, Australias underbelly was ruled by the deadliest crime lords ever Women! Welcome to the decadent and deadly world of Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine two legendary vice queens bound by their hatred for each other. Kate and Tilly reigned over rival empires built on gambling, prostitution, drugs, extortion and murder. Their battle for supremacy left a scar on Australias history and became our nations first bloody war. As gang fought gang, criminal turned on criminal and Kate and Tilly finally faced each other, the streets ran with blood and everyone would feel the cut of the razor. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Australian Film Institute, ...Underbelly Razor - 3-Disc Set ( Under belly: Razor )
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The prior 3 installments in this fantastic series were all well done and "Razor" didn't disappoint. The "razor" gained prominence as a weapon of choice during this time period, as guns were both costly and offered extensive prison terms if arrested in possession. This is also unique in that females were the major crime bosses. The brothel owner versus the bootlegger. The format is reminiscent of the prior Underbelly series. There are frequent dramatic pauses w/monologues where characters come and go.
I think that what makes all the Underbelly Series work is in dispelling both the concept of "the criminal mastermind" and equally "efficient law enforcement"
The entire Underbelly Series (including "The Long Green Cloud - NZ") should be on everyone's collective short lists of programming to have available for an EOTWAWKI "bug out" shelter!
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The costume and set design was perhaps the most challenging of all the series to date, yet this was achieved with convincing authenticity.
There are numerous historical extracts woven into the story, which includes: strict gun laws, loopholes in drug laws that allowed dentists to legally purchase cocaine, the rise of the New Guard, exploits of Francis de Groot, insight into the career of one of Australia's first policewomen Lillian May Armfield, and numerous turf wars between Leigh and Devine.
It is pleasing that "Underbelly" continues to give Australian actors an opportunity to showcase their talents, and is providing viewers with enthralling television drama.
Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Author