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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series and nice DVD, 11 Jun 2008
This review is from: Takin' Over The Asylum [1994] [DVD] (DVD)
This drama is first class. Franceschild has written realistic, likable characters, which are embodied by brilliant performances. A fine portrayal of mental health, and anyone who has been involved with hospital radio will smile at the outdated equipment and library.

The DVD presentation is a pleasant surprise, with the commentaries on two episodes from Tennant, Franceschild and Katy Murphy entertaining and informative. The copyright issue is solved by using the convincing sound-a-likes that were used for the international broadcast. Purists might wince at this, but realistically the cost of using the originals would have been prohibitive. It's much better to use these adequate versions than to not have this excellent series on DVD at all.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2008 03:45:05 GMT
Siddles says:
Sound-a-likes? Adequate? You do have a talent for exaggeration. I will agree that it's better to be able to watch the series with butchered soundtrack than not at all, since it's too good to be missed. The quality of the script and acting inspire such complete credulity that it's actually quite disconcerting to be jolted from it by a blatant discrepancy between the dialogue and the music.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2009 22:57:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Apr 2009 17:53:47 BDT
Takes all sorts - the soundalikes have been pretty good thus far (ep 3) and I have been far too engrossed in the comedy and the drama to be too worried about whether exactly the right voices are heard in the music. Superbly done, and no contest but that this is better with soundalikes than not to have it at all.

edit: having now watched the whole thing (three times...), I cannot say there was a single incidence of being "jolted" by the music. I was way too engrossed in the drama, pathos and humour to be picky about the soundtrack, and the soundalikes were, IMO, very well done indeed.
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