Utopia (2014)

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Released 3-Oct-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Satire None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2014
Running Time 213
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up ?
Region Coding 4 Directed By Rob Sitch
Santo Cilauro
Tom Gleisner
Rob Sitch

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0
English Descriptive Audio 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

    The team from such TV shows and movies as The Late Show, The Castle, The Panel, The Hollowmen and more include people such as Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Jane Kennedy. They have collaborated again to bring us the hilarious satire on Government Infrastructure programs and Government departments in general, Utopia. This time the focus is on a semi-government organisation the Nation Building Authority, led by CEO Tony (Rob Sitch). They have been given a mandate to plan and deliver major infrastructure projects for the future of Australia and Tony for one is committed to delivering. Unfortunately, he is surrounded by political interference, incompetence, corruption and a myriad of other problems which mean that getting anything past the planning stage is nearly impossible. Within his team there is only one other person who seems to have the competence and desire to get things done, Nat (Celia Pacquola) who tries to help Tony achieve something. They are however, significantly outnumbered by those getting in the way of actual achievements, such as Jim (Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann) who is the political liaison getting the instructions and requests from their political masters or marketing head, Rhonda (Kitty Flanagan) who just wants enough achieved to be able to make an announcement, actual outcomes are irrelevant. Other team members with varying degrees of competence include Scott (Dave Lawson), Hugh, Nat's offsider (Luke McGregor), Tony's 'challenged' PA, Katie (Emma-Louise Wilson) and kooky receptionist, Amy (Michelle Lim Davidson).

    The style here is very much like The Hollowmen, with a documentary/fly on the wall feel to proceedings. The acting is pretty much spot on, with Rob Sitch, Lehmo and Kitty Flanagan probably being the highlights. The set contains all 8 episodes over 2 DVDs from the first season, with a second planned. There are some great running jokes such as the name of the authority and the logo plus some great one-liners and sight gags.

    A funny satire of Australian government bureaucracy. Highly recommended.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is very good.

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

    The picture was quite clear and sharp.

    The colour was good although faces were a little pale at times.

    There were no noticeable artefacts other than some minor motion blur.

    There are subtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read.

    There are no noticeable layer changes during playback.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good.

    This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 2.0 and an audio descriptive track in the same technical format.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand throughout.

    The music is incidental except for the theme tune.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    No extras.


    The menu included music.

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 point.


    A hilarious satire on Government bureaucracy from the team behind The Late Show and The Castle.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras have not appeared due to government ineptitude.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, January 16, 2015
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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