Feature 6.5
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 6.5
Distributor: Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time:
190 minutes
Classification:
PG
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

6.5


Butterflies: Series One

Butterflies deals with the age old adage of time passing us all by so quickly and what to do when we are trying to spice it all up. Ria and Ben Parkinson have been married for many years and their life has been fairly dull and unfulfilling until Ria meets a businessman in secret for excitement. Despite the fact that there is really nothing untoward in the relationship, they are just friends, we find that Ria feels guilt over what has been happening and the exploration of self begins.

I guess one of the main questions that revolves around this series is will Ria ultimately have an affair? Both Ben and Ria otherwise live vicariously through the actions of their children and one can almost understand the predicament that they find themselves in.The only really tough call is that the acting, plot and everything is quite dated, making it truly only something that someone who lived through that time period might find amusing unlike gems such as As Time Goes By and To The Manor Born which are timeless through very clever scripting. 

Audio and Video is surprising good on this transfer with the audio being a mono mix in Dolby. There are a few video artifacts but nothing too pressing to really complain about.  

Extras are Production Notes, Filmographies and an interesting interview with writer Carla Lane who goes into more detail about the series and what the general thinking was behind it all. This was done fairly recently and despite the fact that Butterflies never really takes off, she does drop some nice tips about the show and also the title as although Ben collects butterflies, there's more to it than that. Unfortunately I'd have to say rent this one and work out if you'll ever watch it again before throwing good money down.






 
 



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