Newton's Law (Blu-ray) (2017)
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Multiple
|Year Of Production||2017|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Jennifer Leacey|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|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|
Newton's Law is a legal comedy drama made and set in Australia which featured on the ABC. It is a good combination of screwball comedy, drama and mystery providing an entertaining experience for its run of 8 episodes. Like in many of these series, cases can span one or more episodes and there are linking character developments and some surprise links between cases. This is not another Janet King or Jack Irish as it is more of a comedy and certainly could not be described as gritty. It is closer in tone to Miss Fisher and was put together by the same team.
The concept is that Josephine Newton (Claudia Karvan) is a suburban solicitor who used to be a successful barrister, before having her daughter, 15 years ago. When a disgruntled client burns her office down she is offered a chance to return to the bar at Knox Chambers, however she encourages her former assistant to open up a solicito's practice in a caravan in the basement carpark of the new chambers. At chambers she is supported by fellow barrister, Lewis Hughes (Toby Schmitz) who has a hidden soft spot for her romantically. The eccentric head of chambers is Eric Whitley (Andrew McFarlane). The office manager, Jane Russo (Jane Hall) is uptight and is annoyed by Josephine's presence. The solicitor's practice is now led by Helena Chatterjee (Georgina Naidu) and the cast includes some qurky interesting characters such as young investiger, Skye Stewart (Miranda Tapsell), Johnny Allbright (Sean Keenan) and Zareb Mulumba (Makwaya Masudi). Josephine tries to balance being a barrister on big cases, helping her old colleagues and being a parent, generally with a struggle.
If you are a bit tired of angst and grittiness in your Australian television but still want some drama and mystery this show may well be the answer for you. The cast certainly seem to be enjoying their quirky characters and storylines are interesting and entertaining. The 8 episodes are spread across two discs and each runs for just under 1 hour.
The video quality is very good.
The series is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced and in 1080i high definition as it was shown on television.
The picture was nicely sharp throughout. The shadow detail was good.
The colour was very good.
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 obvious layer changes during playback.
The audio quality is also very good without setting the house on fire.
The discs contain a English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1.
Dialogue was clear and easy to hear and understand.
The surround speakers were used for music and some directional effects.
The subwoofer supported the music mostly.
|Surround Channel Use|
A decent set of short featurettes which lack a little substance. They are in 1080i with DTS HD-MA 2.0 sound.
The menu included music and motion.
Short interview snippets with cast and set up director mostly discussing their characters. Jennifer Leacey, the director, also talks about casting.
Short featurette on some of the actual law behind the series.
Featurette on the development of the series.
Tour of the Chambers Set.
Featurette on the young refugee actor from Burundi.
Featurette on production design, costumes and set design.
Featurette on the challenges of being a working mother.
Featurette on the other characters and actors not featured in the interviews.
The actual court room used for court scenes and details of different setups for different cases including props.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This show does not yet seem to have been released outside of Australia.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good.The extras are quite plentiful but lack substance.
|DVD||Panasonic DMR-PWT500, 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|