HOME   News   Reviews   Adv Search   Features   My DVD   About   Apps   Stats     Search:
  Directed by
  • Full Frame
  • English: Dolby Digital Stereo
    English - Hearing Impaired
  • Animated menus

SeaChange: Playing With Fire - Series 2 Episodes 7-13

ABC/Roadshow Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 359 mins . PG . PAL


While the ABC brought us the complete first series of SeaChange in a single foldout digipak, they've split the second series into two separate conventionally-packaged sets.

There were six episodes in the first package, and seven in the second. Hard to understand the rationale - if you're really itching to have Part One of the second set, that itch certainly will still be there until you have Part Two as well. And the packaging for Series One was a lot more handsome than these conventional sets.

Anyway, here's Part Two of Series Two, and the overall quality - casting, scrptlines - is fully maintained.

It's useless discussing storylines. The unfolding of layers within the characters as the series progresses is more important.

Diver Dan has gone, replaced by journalist Max (William McInnes), but the relationship which develops between him and Laura (Sigrid Thornton) is subordinate in this series to other rich characterisations - as Heather Jelly (Kerry Armstrong) comes to grips with the truth about her parents and Bob Jelly (John Howard) tries to deal with the new person he has discovered is his wife.

The final episode is a ripper. A desperate person has laid siege in the courthouse, holding hostages until an unlikely swag of demands is met. A very very desperate person indeed - and the hostages are determined to protect their captor, and make sure the demands are met.

For this episode, the series' creator, Deb Cox, returns as writer and co-director. The episode nicely sets the stage for the final series of SeaChange - there are 13 more episodes to come, and then the little town of Pearl Bay will have gone forever, leaving only the memory of one of the most delightful escapist creations of Australian television ever.


The full screen image is sharp and clear, with fine colour detail.

As with the previous series, it is astonishing that the ABC did not have the foresight to film these episodes in widescreen, with an eye to future commercial exploitation. As it is, these packages present the series in best possible condition.


The two-channel Dolby Digital stereo is crisp and clear, with maximum clarity needed for a mainly dialogue-driven series. There's nothing exceptional here, just high-quality television-standard audio.


The only extra features are the nicely rendered animated menus.


If you have Part One of this second series of SeaChange, then purchase of this second set is virtually obligatory.

The one advantage of having the series split into two sets is that it presents a much more feasible rental option than a combined 13-episode set.

  • LINK: http://www.dvd.net.au/review.cgi?review_id=3736
  • Send to a friend.

    Cast your vote here: You must enable cookies to vote.
      And I quote...
    "SeaChange stands as one of Australia's best 'escapist' television sitcoms. You can't beat quality scripting and casting..."
    - Anthony Clarke
      Review Equipment
    • DVD Player:
          Panasonic A330
    • TV:
          Loewe Profil Plus 3272 68cm
      Recent Reviews:
    by Anthony Clarke

    A Fistful of Dollars (Sony)
    "An essential Spaghetti-Western, given deluxe treatment by MGM."

    "Falls short of being a classic, but it gives us Bill Murray, so it just has to be seen."

    Creature Comforts - Series 1: Vol. 2
    "Delicious comic idea given the right-royal Aardman treatment. "

    The General (Buster Keaton)
    "Forget that this is a silent movie. This 1927 classic has more expression, movement and sheer beauty (along with its comedy) than 99 per cent of films made today."

    Dr Who - Claws Of Axos
    "Is it Worzel Gummidge? No, it's Jon Pertwee in his other great television role, as the good Doctor battling all kinds of evil on our behalf."

      Related Links
      None listed


    Search for Title/Actor/Director:
    Google Web dvd.net.au
       Copyright DVDnet. All rights reserved. Site Design by RED 5