The Moodys Collection (2014)
Audio Commentary-2 epsiodes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
|Year Of Production||2014|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||None Given|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Comedy has always been a mainstay of Australian television especially the ABC. One of the newer Australian comedy series is set around a family called The Moodys. So far there have been two separate series about the family. The first from 2012 was called A Moody Christmas and was set across six years of family Christmas celebrations. The second from 2014 is called The Moodys and is set across one year of 8 various family celebrations and events such as an Easter Holiday together, birthdays, weddings, Australia Day BBQ and more. This release, The Moodys Collection gathers both series into one two disc set. They are also available separately, however, this combined set seems to be an ABC shop exclusive.
The series revolves around a dysfunctional Australian family where the parents are nearing retirement age and the children are the age of adults if not always actually acting like adults. The series is set in the suburbs of Sydney, at a guess somewhere in the southern/eastern suburbs like Kensington or Maroubra. The main family members (who appear in both series) are,
The show is very funny with a good combination of 'comedy of the uncomfortable' and some fun satire of Australian families and society. It is well put together and well written. The second season is probably even stronger than the first with many hilarious moments.
The video quality is good but not without issue.
The series are presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout. Shadow detail is very good.
The colour is pretty good without being spectacular.
There was some minor motion blur.
There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired which were clear and easy to read.
There is an obvious layer change on Disc 1.
The audio quality is good.
The discs contain an English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0. The soundtrack does the job without setting the world on fire.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout.
The music is good suiting the natural nature of the show. It especially stands out during some family montages.
The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
Some decent extras.
The menu was still and silent.
The better of the two commentaries by Trent O'Donnell (Writer/Director) and Ian Meadows. They chat about production design, locations, the cast, tell some on-set anecdotes and bring up some trivia. Well worth a listen.
A commentary by Phil Lloyd (Writer/Creator/Actor) and Patrick Brammall. They chat about shootings, locations and other topics but try to be funny instead of informative. It can be a bit slow at times.
A jokey and self-deprecating behind the scenes featurette that includes cast interviews and on-set footage. Not bad.
Pretty standard making of which quickly covers the new settings, production design, the characters, use of improvisation and the writing process.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This set is only available locally at the moment.
The video quality is good.
The audio quality is good.A decent selection of extras.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp 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 Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|