Newton's Law (Blu-ray) (2017)

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Released 5-Apr-2017

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Drama Interviews-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Multiple
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2017
Running Time 474
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jennifer Leacey
Studio
Distributor
ABC
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Claudia Karvan
Toby Schmitz
Georgina Naidu
Jane Hall
Andrew McFarlane
Case ?
RPI ? Music Greg Walker


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
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

     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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     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.

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Audio

     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.

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Extras

     A decent set of short featurettes which lack a little substance. They are in 1080i with DTS HD-MA 2.0 sound.

Menu

     The menu included music and motion.

Interviews- Claudia Karvan, Toby Schmitz, Georgina Naidu, Sean Keenan, Jennifer Leacey (2:26, 2:37, 2:45, 2:16, 2:21)

     Short interview snippets with cast and set up director mostly discussing their characters. Jennifer Leacey, the director, also talks about casting.

Legal lessons from Newton's Law (2:46)

     Short featurette on some of the actual law behind the series.

Inspiring Women on Screen (2:33)

     Featurette on the development of the series.

Set Tour with Jane Hall (2:40)

     Tour of the Chambers Set.

Introducing Makwaya Masudi (2:04)

     Featurette on the young refugee actor from Burundi.

Look of Newton's World (4:03)

     Featurette on production design, costumes and set design.

Having it All (2:28)

     Featurette on the challenges of being a working mother.

Meet the Ensemble (4:13)

     Featurette on the other characters and actors not featured in the interviews.

In Court with Newton's Law (2:02)

     The actual court room used for court scenes and details of different setups for different cases including props.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    A fun and entertaining light legal dramedy.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are quite plentiful but lack substance.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, 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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