It's 1939. Nicole Kidman is an English aristocrat whose nasty husband has just been murdered. She tries to take over the Australian cattle ranch that she has inherited from him. Hugh Jackman is a gruff local drover to whom she finds herself obliged to turn for help.
This movie was the first Blu-ray that I ever watched, and I certainly started with a cracker. I'm not usually a big fan of mainstream movies - fantasy and science fiction are more my cups of tea - but Australia is so extraordinarily good in so many different ways that I quickly fell in love with it.
Hugh Jackman - well, what can I say? I can't imagine how any movie star could be more charismatic. And Nicole Kidman is very nearly his equal. As for the plot of the film, it reminds me of a wonderful soup that my Mum used to make that used a bit of every ingredient in the kitchen - it's a pride-and-prejudice romance, a western, a murder mystery, a war movie, a comedy, a historical epic...And each of these different elements works. It leaves you feeling as richly satisfied as a movie possibly could, and wondering why movies this wholesome and entertaining are so very, very rare.
With the Blu-ray being as cheap as it is, this is a movie that you owe it to yourself to watch in high def. The cast and crew toiled in the desert to bring you the movie's spectacular landscapes, and you really should see every single pixel of them. Blu-ray also maximizes the spectacle of the Pearl Harbor-like war scenes, and makes the most of the soundtrack's rich mixture of music.
A disc for everyone with a heart.