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Australia [DVD] [2008]

Nicole Kidman , Hugh Jackman , Baz Luhrmann    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson
  • Directors: Baz Luhrmann
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QE1BEI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,671 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Watching the early reels of Australia, there's certainly no doubt who's in charge: this could only be a film by Baz Luhrmann, that wacky purveyor of all things over-the-top. In this old-fashioned, 165-minute hymn to his native continent, Luhrmann travels back to the late 1930s/early '40s, for a scenario that would not have been out of place at MGM in that era. Straightlaced Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) journeys Down Under and is put under the protection of--crikey--a rugged cattle driver known only as the Drover (Hugh Jackman). When the two are forced to team up (along with a motley crew of misfits) to take a herd of cattle through the hostile landscape, their way is challenged by the dastardly plans of the local beef baron (Bryan Brown) and his elaborately evil lieutenant (David Wenham). At some point you realize that this film's main commodity is not cattle, but corn: Luhrmann piles on the melodrama and the old-school climaxes with his usual frantic glee. Employing "When You Wish Upon a Star" and the Japanese air force to make his case is not beyond Luhrmann, and he reaches big here. Those with a taste for un-ironic silliness might just go for this stuff, but even fans of the Baz will have their patience tested by the broad comedy and the absence of discernable chemistry between Kidman and Jackman. Australia does manage to skewer the culture's prejudices against the Aboriginal people, but in this context such a victory comes across as rather tinny. --Robert Horton

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good! 6 May 2009
A surprisingly good film. Didn't quite know what it should be for the first hour or so, comedy? fantasy? silent movie spoof? But it gets better and settles down to an old fashioned romp, fun and easy to follow, just a litttttttle long but otherwise worth a watch.
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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful old-hollywood epic 15 Feb 2009
The reason this film got bad reviews was simple... people took it the wrong way. Some reviewers were saying that people were laughing in the cinema at the beginning, well so was I. Infact I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes, because it's funny. It's INTENTIONALLY funny. Baz Luhrmann himself stated that he tried to put a bit of everything in this film including "high comedy" as well as high drama. If you've seen Baz's films before and loved them then you'll love this. Like Moulin Rouge, it begins humourously before taking you through a rollercoaster of emotions to moments of extreme sadness and tension. It looks beautiful and it's played beautifully by all of the actors. Basically this is Baz Luhrmann's nod to the old classics, it's reminiscant of "The African Queen" and "Gone With The Wind" and has obvious nods to "The Wizard of Oz". If you think they don't make films like they used to, this is highly recommended. Don't take it as fact, just let yourself enjoy it and you'll soon be swept along with the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missed oportunities 14 Jan 2014
By Bill
It is set in Northern Australia an inhospitable land with a certain raw beauty. So the filming in the outback is stunning especially in the Blu-Ray version. It is not a nature documentary so you are left frustrated on that score.

It covers the preparations for war in Darwin with loading of supplies onto ships. The special effects of the harbour are no match for the quality of the images in the outback filming. This jars the (rather weak) story line.

There is a romantic story line between Lady Ashleigh and Drover however MS Kidman makes a very unconvincing cattle drover.

The Australian Aboriginals were treated appallingly up till the 1970's in Australia and now there is a tendency to go the other way in praising any native Australians achievements. The stereotypes in this film do nothing to illuminate this delicate subject.

So in nearly 3 hours of tedium it has failed to be a nature film, a convincing period piece, a convincing love story or shed an insight into the aboriginal culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Hugh Jackman's finest work? 3 Nov 2012
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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.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but in fabulous in many ways 27 April 2009
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This is a far from perfect film; never sure what he wants to achieve, Luhrmann allows it to try and cover all bases from western to romance to action adventure to story of conscience. That said, if you're a fan of the Luhrmann vision you will love this film. It has all the stylistic and romantic elements of previous movies like Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet and Hugh Jackman in particular shows some genuine class as the Drover - who is a very typical Luhrmann hero; a man's man with a dream. I'm less convinced by Nicole Kidman (who I genuinely liked in Moulin Rouge) and there are times when the chemistry between the two is totally unconvincing. The story of Nullah the Aboriginal boy feels hackneyed and overly corny at times, a deliberate pull on the heart-strings, but again it's very typically Luhrmann and its very hard not to like Brandon Walters.

You have to want to like this film, you have to buy into Luhrmann's vision and you have to allow its flaws to pass you by. If you can you will find some absolute gems of style, direction and story-telling and above all an entertaining film that leaves you feeling as though you've seen a genuine modern-day epic
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine story of love, culture, and history! 5 Feb 2009
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Having seen the movie more than once has given me a more nuanced appreciation of this epic movie. Its storyline tackles the relationship between two people coming from different cultures who eventually found themselves together -- initially at odds, in love, and part of a family unit -- all amidst the backdrop of the sprawling Australian outback, the divide of races and social strata, the age-old clash between good and evil, and the onset of the second world war in the Pacific! The movie experience is like curling up with an extraordinary epic novel - and at the end feeling what a well-spent afternoon it has been!

The movie's length does justice to this tale of love and adventure in a faraway culture and of unusual natural beauty. The cinematography provides all the lush scenes of the Australian landscape, the rush of blood in some of the most awesome action scenes, and the loving closeups of the story of the relationship between Lady Sarah Ashley, The Drover, and their defacto son, Nullah! The musical score gives the movie the perfect complement to the excellent cinematography. The story unwinds from an initial meeting full of comedic winks ( including the now famous shower scene - featuring the leading man!) and clashing cultures. It then dawns on the central role played by the child Nullah and his aboriginal culture. Plus what would an epic movie be without the quintessential villains? As the movie progresses and we witness the triumph of the independent cattle company versus the monopoly, it also gives us a slice of Australian history and its development in its early frontiers. When the second world war breaks out and it marches down to Darwin, we are caught in another story between good and evil, so cinematically well-portrayed.
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