Blue Water High Volume 4 DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 6.0
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
175 minutes
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer:
Felix Staica

8.0


Blue Water High (Volume 4)

Recipe for making a global teen hit: take hunky guys and sexy babes, put them in swimwear at an elite surfing academy in sun-drenched mythical Aussie beach-dom and let hormones do the rest. This show was originally on the ABC and its stories revolve around the travails of up-and-coming surfing super-stars. Sometimes it’s their protein-rich dieting or jealousies or even competitive spirits run asunder. There are clashes which always find a good resolution. 

The photography is quite clean and as you’d expect, very well lit. The locations are equally stunning and undoubtedly complement superbly the infamous ‘Where the bloody hell are you?’ tourism campaign. When it comes to the actual acting however, well it’s the standard you’d expect from Neighbours or Home and Away

I recently had a chance to watch the very first season of the original Degrassi Junior High series from the late 1980s. While our society has changed a lot since then, and Blue Water High obviously has a more contemporary feel and hip ‘edge’, you can’t help but feel the production values were much higher in the Canadian show. And yes, while it was preachy and touchy-feely about all ‘serious’ issues facing your average adolescent, I can’t help but feel a more profound empathy with parts of the large and diverse ensemble cast—something lacking in the surfie-clones of the surf show. But maybe it is the nostalgia for my own days of watch ABC talking… 

If you’re not buying this for someone in the intended demographic, there really isn’t much to recommend the show beside the talent, and that wouldn’t be for skilled line delivery. 

Felix Staica






 
 



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