Not Suitable for Children (Blu-ray) (2012)

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Released 14-Nov-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 95:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
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Region Coding 4 Directed By Peter Templeman
Studio
Distributor
Icon Entertainment Starring Ryan Kwanten
Bojana Novakovic
Alice Parkinson
Clare Bowen
Laura Brent
Katie Wall
Case ?
RPI ? Music Matteo Zingales


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 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

     Perennial party boy Jonah (Ryan Kwanten) is living the life he always wanted. Refusing to grow up, never wanting to settle down, he is living in a party house with his best mate Gus (Ryan Corr) and their friend Stevie (Sarah Snook). Every weekend they have a mammoth party for which the guests pay an entry fee. Is there anything better than having a party life where you also party for a living?

     Things come to a crashing halt when, during a moment of… umm, intimacy, Jonah discovers that he has a lump on his left testicle. A visit to the doctor brings the bad news. It is cancer. The good news? It is easily treatable. The second bad news? Not only will he need to lose the testicle but the effect of the treatment will render him unable to father children, permanently. Suddenly the man who never wanted to settle down and never wanted to have kids is forced to look at his own life and work out where his priorities lie. With time running out he realises that he has a biological need to procreate. Trouble is, who with? With his Peter Pan ways Jonah has burnt an awful lot of bridges with former girlfriends.

     He turns to Stevie as a guide to finding the right woman. Will it be a former girlfriend who takes sympathy on his plight? Or his most recent girlfriend from whom he is estranged, Ava (Bojana Novakovic)? Or will he enter into an arrangement with a lesbian couple from Stevie's work?

     Not Suitable for Children is a well-made and thoroughly enjoyable Australian comedy. Director and cowriter Peter Templeman has worked mainly in television in the last few years although his short film The Saviour was nominated for an Oscar in 2007. He achieves a fairly breezy quality with the film making it perfect for a Friday night.

     It is great to see Ryan Kwanten doing more films in Australia after Red Hill. He has made a great career for himself in America with his performance as the lovably dumb Jason Stackhouse in True Blood where he spends half of the show naked from the waist up showing off his taut physique. Here he plays a somewhat ragged version of Jason, Jonah is not too bright either!

     There is a good supporting cast with Sarah Snook looking all the world like Australia's answer to Emma Stone. She has a great ability to deliver both the comedic and dramatic aspects of the role. Not Suitable for Children is a light comedy which deserved to do better at the box office. Its turns may be somewhat predictable but the journey is worth taking.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Not Suitable for Children was shot on the Arri Alexa camera and transferred to film to be projected at a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. That ratio has been preserved for this Blu-ray release.

     The film is sharp and crisp throughout. Though the milieu might be inner city grunge the clarity of image is superb.

     The flesh tones are accurate with the level of detail on faces very pleasing. The colours are bright and vibrant.

     There are no technical problems with the transfer.

    There are multi-coloured subtitles in English for the hearing impaired.

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Audio

     Not Suitable for Children carries a DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue can be heard clearly throughout.

    There are no technical problems with the transfer.

     The surround sound and sub-woofer don't really contribute a lot.

     There is an original score by Matteo Zingales which conveys the ups and downs of the emotional ride of the film. The soundtrack consists of a number of Australian indie dance and rock acts with notable inclusions of The Mess Hall. Funnily enough, one of the moving moments in the film is accompanied by Can You Get to That from 70s funky funksters Funkadelic.

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Extras

    This Blu-ray release contains no extras.

R4 vs R1

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

   

     This Blu-ray is available in Region B only.

Summary

     Not Suitable for Children is an enjoyable experience from beginning to end. It is a fairly swift moving comedy with dramatic elements.

    The Blu-ray transfer is pleasing throughout both in sound and vision terms.

    A pity about the extras.

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© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC-LX 81 7.1
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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