Judge David Johnson has a soft underbelly that's vulnerable to lightning attacks.
Wow…Who knew Australia was such a dangerous place to live? Sure, I knew about the poisonous snakes and the insects that want to eat you, but I wasn't aware of the drug wars that raged throughout the region for latter third of the twentieth century. That's right—Aussie gangsters will mess your @#$% up!
I guess their police blotter never made it stateside, because I wasn't aware of Australia's lurid past. Thankfully, Underbelly has arrived to get us all up to speed. And let me tell you, fans of serialized crime drama, there is a lot to sink your teeth into here.
The complete series of Underbelly (also known as "The Trilogy") runs three seasons, with each logging in at 13 episodes. That's nearly 1,800 minutes of dramatized crime nonfiction.
Season One: A Tale of Two Cities
Season Two: The Golden Mile
Season Three: War on the Streets
That's a lot of storytelling. Honestly, if you're into crime sagas, you'll find plenty to embrace with Underbelly. It might take a few moments to equate the normally adorable and quirky Australian accent with violence, but give it time—visions of Yahoo Serious will be replaced with memories of gunshots and stripper orgies.
Oh, the strippers! The packaging warns of the series' lurid nature, and it's true. This is TV drama you'd only find on stateside pay cable, with all manner of bloodshed, profanity, and liberal nudity (though "The Golden Mile" is oddly more restrained when it comes to the sleaze than its brethren).
Solid tech specs: standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 Dolby surround. Extras are sparse, limited to behind-the-scenes featurettes for "A Tale of Two Cities" and "War on the Streets," and a genuine newsreel segment about Carl Williams.
Not Guilty, mate!
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Scales of Justice
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