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Underbelly - The Trilogy

4.2 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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UNDERBELLY uses the framework of the war waging within the underworld, and the war between the underworld and the Purana Task Force, to explore a complex array of individual stories and relationships some touching, some incredible, all breathtaking. It is a series that examines the kaleidoscopic nature of loyalty, love, revenge and pride when the normal and identifiable emotions of human attachment are moved from the context of social decency to social indecency. Based on actual events, this explicit, gripping and violent trilogy exposes the shocking true story of the crime wave that rocked Australia from the 1970s until the early 2000s. Includes three, 13-episode series of Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities , The Golden Mile and War On The Streets .

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Product Details

  • Actors: Caroline Craig, Jacqui James, Paul Tassone, Dennis Kelly, Daniel Roberts
  • Directors: Greg Haddrick, Brenda Pam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 1755 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MTHRDW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 2, 2011
The fascinating television import "Underbelly" finally gets a U.S. distribution, and it's about time! 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 four complete 13 episode seasons and a series of TV movies.

As with any program with many tales to tell, some are definitely more effective than others. While I may not personally think that every season of "Underbelly" merits a five star rating, I think that in scope and ambition--this set is a must see proposition and I'll gladly give it the highest rating for that reason. "Underbelly: The Trilogy" does present the first three seasons complete and uncut. Each season is, as I said, thirteen episodes with each program approximately 50 minutes in length.
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Americans rejoice, if you want down & dirty criminal entertainment these 3 seasons of various Australian crime waves kick... you know what! There is none of the navel-gazing-Mafia-Don-on-a-couch-with-a-shrink that ruined The Sopranos for me here. All 39 episodes were a heckuva lotta fun to watch. The Aussie flavor gives it a nice spin, but the appeal is universal. If you like stories about bad guys, drug dealers, good cops, bad cops & innocent people caught in their cross hairs you won't go wrong here. Thank whoever for making it available on our DVD players in "The States".
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This is one of my all time favorite TV shows. One reason is because I lived and worked in Carlton when all the Moran and Williams activities were going on. It made life quite interesting for me at lunch and dinner time on Lygon street.

The three series were great. My favorite was the first one and my least favorite was the Sydney based one. Obviously this comes from a Melbournian bias.. LOL

A few things about the dvds themselves.
There is no closed captioning or language options. So if you do not understand some Aussie slang, etc you will never pick up on it. Also there are no scene selection capabilities.

These are really good shows. I hope they do something on Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read now that he as passed on.
The flick "Chopper" was good but an Underbelly version could be great.
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I expected this to be captioned, as I am deaf. Big disappointment, I gave the set to one of my sons who likes crime DVDs and can hear. I ask Amazon to require sellers to post back side pictures of package to show what type of sound and captioning are available so as not to missrepresent quality of products..
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These 3 Seasons have great acting by mostly actors unfamiliar to me, good writing and direction. The only actor I ever recall seeing before is Dustin Clare as a sociopathic hitman in Seaon Two, who plays Gannicus in the Spartacus Starz series. Seaons One was good, but due to the facts, many good characters are killed very quickly after meeting them. Season Two is probably the best season, with more in-depth coverage of mainly two main criminals, one with some redeeming qualities and the other without, but both still pretty bad. Season Three introduces the strong female Federal agent Gerry Lloyd, played by Sigrid Thornton and goes more into the police corruption aspect of the drug business. While the seasons cover three different 10-year periods, the characters are mostly different, with a few characters that carry-over from the prior season, including the narrator. I would like to see more of Gerry Lloyd's story in future seasons. This 3 full-season box set is definitely the economical way to buy this series. Once you buy one, you will likely want to see the rest. Lots of non-gratuitous & gratuitous nudity by mostly "natural" women. Sub-titles for the hearing-impaired would have been helpful as in some cases it is hard to understand what a few of the characters are saying due to their Australian accent, but that is not a major problem, as you get the gist of what is going on.
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Excellent movies, they should not be compare to the Soprano,which had the same character for each season. Each season had new storyline, new characters role but overall a good gangster series.
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I began watching this series as I noticed that Dustin Clare was in one of the seasons, then I was hooked. I rarely like music on a sound track as it tends to drown out the speakers, but in this case the eclectic selection of music underscored and enhanced a full throttle, all the stops out, ride. Like watching a 12 hour music video. None stop action! I particularly liked the 'style' the fast cutting with brief freeze frame for a title to let you know the name of each new character and his sometimes whimsical by line - "Guido Caletti, Greengrocer", the slightly skewed reality reminded me of some foreign films I have seen. The only thing they did not do was talk to the camera.

The series has been compared to the Sopranos. No way. The Sopranos was a black comedy. Although there was an overall series arc, each one-hour episode could stand alone; whereas Underbelly is a serial, and each episode continues where the previous one left off.

I found the show to be refreshingly different and thoroughly enjoyed seeing unknown actors and fresh locations. Australia has a huge stable of very good actors. Unfortunately after this series many of them will be seduced by Hollywood and end up in routine formulaic police dramas. My only gripe with the DVD is the lack of captions or subtitling which makes it difficult for me being hearing impaired.
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