Until I watched these discs, the only
experience I had of this Australian TV show was having seen the rather
uninteresting commercials on television. You may remember the whole “he says,
she says” campaign. Unfortunately this advertising campaign made the show look
rather girl-oriented, and so I chose to exercise my “boys are strong, like
king kong” mentality and avoid watching it.
It seems that either I am very stupid, or the
ads for the show were very misleading, because Crashburn is actually a VERY
entertaining slice of Aussie TV for boys and girls alike. Sure enough, at its
core, it explores the relationships between men and women in their 30’s and
40’s, but it is all done with humour, panache, and a healthy dose of
What we get here is six episodes of this
chronically under-rated (by me, at least) Aussie drama. The acting is, for the
most part, great, and the issues and situations the characters find themselves
in are both interesting and amusing. The “he says, she says” structure is
pretty cool too, offering two different perspectives on each situation.
Overall this is an entertaining slice of
Australian television, and a pretty perfect way to kick back with your
girlfriend/boyfriend and have a laugh together. Good stuff.
The video quality is great, which really
is to be expected of a show that’s only a year or two old. Everything’s nice
and sharp, and it’s presented in widescreen, which is just lovely. It’s not as
grand as a top-notch movie release but it’s great nonetheless.
Audio is similarly good, although as this
is basically a drama series there’s nothing there that will astound audiences.
But everything is crisp and clear as it should be, with no cause for
The extra features aren’t really very
impressive. Basically all we get, aside from the obligatory “Madman Propaganda
(ie previews)”, is a bunch of static text screens featuring short bios for
each character. It’s not a bad read, but something more interesting would have
been nice. Disappointing.