Available in Victoria Australia
Shockingly addictive and voyeuristic, the controversial Australian
crime series is now available "Uncut" which follows the true story of
a ten year crime war between the Moran’s and the William’s family.
For those unaware of the phenomenon of Underbelly, it follows the
real world events of the rise of Carl Williams from gangland driver
to gangland crime lord which led to a brutal string of killings
that finally ended in 2004.
It also follows those linked to
Williams such as Jason Moran and Tony Mockbel who has just recently
been extradited to Australia from Greece. Although the Uncut edition
of Underbelly is quite addictive from its strong storyline, my
biggest gripe of the series is the glamorization of these real-world
criminals whom almost have this primeval drive of violence, drugs
and sex. With that said, the sex scenes of Underbelly Uncut are
quite vivid and at times almost pornographic in nature as silicone
breasts are displayed in their glory.
Putting the sex aside, the story is very well written and Carl Williams is portrayed as
the loveable underdog criminal dubbed “Fat Boy” by Piranha, a group
of detectives who have been ordered together to end these underworld
What sets Underbelly apart from the majority of Australian
drama is the high quality presentation of the series and the
exceptional acting talents of all those involved, whether it’s Vince Colosimo as the “Prince” or Frankie J. Holden as the leader of
Piranha, it all comes together perfectly.
Underbelly also had four
directors behind the creation of this powerful Australian drama that
starts quite strong, becomes a tad confusing and aloof in the middle and
revitalizes itself at the time of Carl Williams capture, at the end
of the series. Needless to say, we were addicted from start to
finish and although the creators do take an artistic license
approach to some of the stories, it nicely melds with the real-world
and audio quality of the series is presented in glorious widescreen
with extremely sharp images and vibrant colours that lend themselves
well to the backdrop of Melbourne. Production wise, it's definitely
one of the best Australian TV series ever made.
Unfortunately Underbelly is not
available in Victoria, however for those in other parts of
Australia, I would highly recommended Underbelly Uncut – Limited
Edition which proves that Australia can make high quality TV series as well as
the Americans and the British.
Gripping from start to finish,
Underbelly Uncut also boasts a
great documentary regarding the real-world fall of Carl Williams in
“Carl Williams – The Day of Reckoning” and a making of featurette
which nicely rounds out this spectacular Australian TV Series.