Offspring-Complete Third Series (2012)

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Released 1-Dec-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category TV Series Menu Audio
Bonus Episode-8 webisodes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Music Video
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 688
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (5)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Kate Dennis
Darren Ashton
Shirley Barrett
Sian Davies
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Slip Case
RPI $59.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Offspring is one of the few recent success stories for the Ten Network along with Masterchef. This comedy/drama/soapie with added whimsy has now been running for three seasons and has been renewed by Ten for two more seasons, which start production later this year. The success of this show is built around its bright and amusing style, quality writing and a fun and high quality cast including the excellent actress Asher Keddie (who is also really attractive!). Keddie has now won the Silver Logie two years in a row for most popular actress, for a combination of this show and Paper Giants.

     The show is based around the character played by Keddie, Nina Proudman. She is an obstetrician in Melbourne and struggles with her love life, her family and her work, often all at the same time. Her family include her father real estate agent Darcy Proudman (John Waters), her mother, Geraldine (Linda Cropper), her sister, Billie (Kat Stewart), her irresponsible younger brother Jimmy (Richard Davies) and Billie's husband, Mick (Eddie Perfect). Other important characters are the nurses in her unit, who are also friends and sometimes family, Cherie (Deborah Mailman), Kim (Alicia Gardener) & Zara (Jane Harber). There is also Nina's on again, off again love of her life, Patrick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez), a paediatrician in the same hospital.

     This series (of thirteen 45 Minute episodes) includes babies, revelations about the family, affairs and much more, all leading up to Nina's 35th birthday party in Episode 13. It certainly keeps up the quality of the first two series, with good measures of comedy, whimsy, drama and romance to keep the core audience happy. This is high quality Australian television, which looks set to continue for a few years to come.

    Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is very good.

     The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture is very clear and sharp for television on DVD. Shadow detail is good.

     The colour is very good, looking bright and vivid throughout.

     There is little to complain about in artefact terms with just a little very light grain on occasion

     There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read (in yellow text).

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Audio

     The audio quality is good.

    These discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. The sound is obviously quite front focused.

     Dialogue was mostly easy to understand and clear although the subtitles came in handy occasionally.

     The theme music and songs used are a significant portion of the shows atmosphere.

     The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

     A decent selection of extras.

Menu

     The menu is pretty straight forward, still with music but perfectly functional.

The Nurses - Webisodes

     Eight short episodes (3-4 minutes each) of the offshoot web series which focuses more on the nurses at the hospital. It is quite silly but fun for fans of the main show.

The Making of Australian Story (3:18)

     I don't really get the title of this extra but it is basically some behind the scenes footage which is all a bit silly but fun.

You Make Me Happy (2:51)

     Full version of the song from the show.

Ep 9 - Some Quality Time with Asher Keddie (6:06)

     There may be a stuff up in the menuing in this area because this link takes you to a general goof reel, whereas choosing the other link (next) takes you to something entitled 'Some Quality Time with Asher Keddie'. Regardless, they are both available. The one accessible from this menu item is a reel of behind the scenes footage, jokes and stuff-ups.

Ep 12 Goof Reel (7:53)

     This menu item accesses a joke behind the scenes featurette, showing how Asher Keddie really annoys everyone on set and they all hate her. Funny.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This show is only available locally at this stage.

Summary

    A fun and enjoyable high quality Australian comedy/drama/soapie with added whimsy.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras are decent.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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