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The Slap [DVD] [2011]

Jonathan LaPaglia , Melissa George , Jessica Hobbs , Matthew Saville    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jonathan LaPaglia, Melissa George, Sophie Okonedo, Essie Davis, Alex Dimitriades
  • Directors: Jessica Hobbs, Matthew Saville, Robert Connolly, Tony Ayres
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 526 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005UA48F8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,889 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Based on Christos Tsiolkas' best selling novel, The Slap traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends. At an Australian backyard BBQ, amongst alcohol, friendship and a childrens cricket game a man slaps a child who is not his son. The child is parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. One cousin is forced to testify against another. Couples are caught in the crossfire. Beliefs are tested and relationships strained. The story unfolds through the points of view of eight characters and as the court case proceeds, as affairs begin and end, as a pregnancy is decided and marriages morph and change, each character s life is profoundly affected by the slap . Whose side are you on?

Reviews

"The most gripping series on television since The Killing" - The Times
"...thoroughly modern storm in a tea-cup." - The Mirror

The Slap is "very slickly made and develops real depth" - The Daily Mail

The Slap is a "well articulated yell of suburban rage, it takes some beating" - Radio Times

"A very adult exploration of contemporary, middle-class manners, brought to life by a set of accomplished performances" **** - Time Out

The Slap is what's "HOT ON TV" The Daily Star

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ABC do HBO 2 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
The book of "The Slap" by Christos Tsolkias has caused great controversy in Australia; dividing reading groups across the country for or against it. It hasn't generated much interest in the UK, though it was long-listed for the Man Booker in 2011, as well as winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize the previous year. The UK version of the book comes with a rave review from Colm Toibin, but I find myself agreeing with the review of the book in the LRB August 2010 by Melissa Denes [...] which said in essence that it had some great moments but also some really weak and crudely written moments. The TV series, in which the the brilliant and ridiculous underrated Tony Ayers played quite a significant role, is much better than the book, in the sense that it takes what is best in the story and turns this into gripping drama. The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) has done a magnificent job of doing drama of HBO standard. What is this story about? Tsolkias holds up a mirror to bourgeois suburbia and finds a world of selfish self-obsessed narcissism. On reading the book my sister opined "But I don't know anyone as horrible as the people in his book!". The TV series has a little more subtlety (and it is interesting to note that in my view a much better film was made of Tsolkias first book; the book was "Loaded", the film "Head On"; the latter really excellent though barely known outside of Australia). Even though the TV version allows a bit more light and shade in its portrayal of the characters, this is still TV drama that packs a bloody beauty of a punch. Essentially it is about a dispute at a family barbecue in which one child, who is outrageously acting out with no boundaries set by his parents, is belted across the head by another parent at the barbecue. Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure 18 Nov 2011
Format:DVD
...Maybe 'pleasure' is the wrong word, but I've been thoroughly gripped by this series, despite - or perhaps because of - the characters' deep dislikability. Everyone from the child at the centre of slapgate (by God, was he asking for it?) to the utter cad who administers the slap, and all points in between, is pretty ghastly but they're all superbly played by a brilliant cast, served with a superb script. Great stuff.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting 18 Nov 2011
Format:DVD
Ok, so I'm only 4 episodes in, but this series has me hooked! It plays like a thriller even though it is about a fairly ordinary subject, but as with all great drama the secret is the characterisation - which here is so well seen and played that it is a joy to watch - almost like watching a fly on the wall documentary. The characters are all flawed, which makes them so realistic and it makes for great debate with other viewers of the show. Should he or shouldn't he...?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Slap. 30 Jan 2013
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loathed the book - so much so that I literally hurled it to the floor - so what made me want to watch this, I really don't know. But I'm so pleased I did because it was a different kettle of fish altogether. Terrific acting from the ensemble cast, absorbing plot lines and some genuinely touching moments. A thoroughly well made and well directed piece of television entertainment. Thought-provoking too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unintended consequences from many angles 11 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
I have not read the book on which this award-winning 8 x 1 hour series is based on, so I cannot compare with the original text. What I can confirm is that the rave reviews on amazon and in the wider press are justified for The Slap, the ABC TV series. As we know, the story deals with consequences - unintended and expected - following on from a father slapping a young boy - who was not his own - at a 40th birthday party. Set in Melbourne, each episode tells a story from 8 protagonists point of view, which is highly effective at making the viewer reappraise their opinion of the events of the day of the Slap, and their opinion of characters whose story has been told in previous episodes. Perhaps the only character who I found I didn't change my opinion on was Rosie - Hugo's mum - who I found aggrevating and slighly absurd throughout the series.

The production quality of this series is exceptional - to the point that you could easily forget that you're watching a TV series and think that this was a film production. Acting is strong across the board and the story ticks along nicely - each episode flies by.

I'd put The Slap up there with Forbrydelsen and Mad Men - in my book - as a 'must-watch' TV series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb television - don't miss it 24 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
I love the book - and I love this adaptation. This is TV at its very best. It's beautifully shot and the ensemble cast are superb. Alex Dimitriades as Harry is perhaps the best of all - he captures brilliantly Harry's twitchy machismo and pent-up aggression. Sophie Lowe as Connie is also excellent, simultaneously precocious and vulnerable.

On the whole, it's very faithful to the novel, though the TV writers do make some changes, most of which work well. Some work less well - for instance, unlike in the novel, Anouk knows that something's going on between Hector and Connie. Yet they don't do anything dramatically with her knowledge, so why make the change?

My only other quibble is that Sophie Okonedo, though a very fine actress, is miscast. In the novel, Aisha is Anglo-Indian (as her name suggests), which is an important part of her identity. In the adaptation, her ethnic identity is indeterminate - which isn't bad in itself, but it jars in a series (and novel) in which racial/ethnic identity (Greek, Jewish, Serbian, Anglo-Australian) is shown to be a key faultline in people's interpersonal relationships.

But these are minor flaws in what is a brilliant series. For anybody who wants an insight into middle-class metropolian life in Australia, look no further. It might not be exhaustive - how could it be? - but you'll end up feeling you know Melbourne and some of its people, lovely or not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Hated this.
Absolutely hated this - only watched for half an hour then decided it was not for me. Too unpleasant - both story line and characters.
Published 2 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars The Slap
This series is excellent tv, very well acted and I really like the way they followed 1 character each episode but advanced the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pug Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong drama.
Fascinating on a number of levels. Living in New York, I had little sense of what suburban life in Australia is like. The resemblances and the differences are intriguing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars serious melodrama of suburban crises
This is a very well acted, Altmannesque narrative that follows many separate people from their point of view while advancing a plot line. Read more
Published 9 months ago by rob crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I have not yet read the book but this series made for great watching. Prompt delivery for a perfect weekend tv marathon
Published 10 months ago by JJ
4.0 out of 5 stars A good serie
This serie is currently shown in France and my my mum told me how good it was. I ordered it but have not had time to watch it yet.
Published 11 months ago by sandrine saidoune
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and boring
The first episode was ok-ish - quite well paced and interesting, but episode 2 quickly went downhill for me and I just couldn't engage with the characters (they were all dreadful)... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for what it is
The box said it was the best thing since the Killing! I don't think so.
My wife spent most of the time saying the brat deserved it, I have to agree. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Slapped
It is difficult to follow up on such an eloquent and concise review as the one by Mr. S. Cowden - but I will share my honest opinion. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kokino
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Viewing
I watched this on the tv last year and I it was very good.
Very strong stuff I would recommended.
Published 15 months ago by barry wester
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