The Moodys Collection (2014)

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Released 7-May-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Audio Commentary-2 epsiodes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Featurette-Making Of
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time 419
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor
ABC
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Ian Meadows
Patrick Brammall
Rachel Gordon
Phil Lloyd
Danny Adcock
Tina Bursill
David Field
Darren Gilshenan
Sacha Horler
Jane Harber
Guy Edmonds
Case Slip Case
RPI $39.95 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

     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.

     Highly Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     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.

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Audio

     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.

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Extras

     Some decent extras.

Menu

     The menu was still and silent.

Disc 1

Commentary - Episode 1

     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.

Commentary - Episode 3

     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.

Behind the Scenes (23:41)

     A jokey and self-deprecating behind the scenes featurette that includes cast interviews and on-set footage. Not bad.

Disc 2

The Making of The Moodys (6:29)

     Pretty standard making of which quickly covers the new settings, production design, the characters, use of improvisation and the writing process.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    Two very funny Aussie comedy series which follow the Moody family.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    A decent selection of extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, May 30, 2014
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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