Mother & Son Volume 4 DVD Review - www.impuslegamer.com -

Feature 8.5
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   N/A
Total 8.2
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
256 minutes
Classification:
PG
Reviewer:
Felix Stacia

8.0


Mother & Son (Volume 4)

I had never seen this show when it was on TV, mainly because I was too young and it seemed to Ďstuffyí. I also always had the idea that it was far too old fashioned and not good if youíre a claustrophobe: almost all the shots are in a studio. I have since watched the fourth volume of the DVD collection and found these juvenile preconceptions to be true. Furthermore, the show, which ran from 1984 to 1994, lacks the dynamism of ubiquitous American sitcoms we all know. It is much more static, with the characters almost always to be found in the lounge-room or kitchen. 

Having said all that, I am so glad I did watch this show. The appeal has to be in Geoffrey Atherdenís amazing writing and the addictive bittersweet love between mother Maggie Beare (Ruth Cracknell) and son Arthur Beare (Garry McDonald). I had never realised that she was suffering from dementia which is the whole reason for him living with her. The comedic tension this state of being creates is hilarious. Add to this the successful yet manipulative dentist brother Robert (Henri Szeps) who is always scheming to make more money and you have yourself a classic sitcom. 

Ironically, this show has hardly aged! All the humour still works perfectly. Everything is kept to a Beare (hehe) minimum, which I donít mind at all. 

As far as the DVD transfer goes, itís curious that on the two-disc fourth volume, the first disc has six episodes and the second has only three. I was also confused by the episodes included, because they do not follow the original broadcast order as it appears on www.tv.com. There is no bonus material and there arenít even any subtitles, not even in English: I sometimes like to keep them on to clarify slurred words. 

The sounds is two-channel and the quality of the video seemed fine to me, but Iím not that picky about these things. I would recommend this show either for collectors or huge fans (who probably will get all the volumes) or those people who can afford to fulfil their curiosity about a great Aussie sitcom. 

Felix Staica






 
 



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