Prisoner Cell Block H Vol.1 Episodes 1 - 32 [DVD]
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When the gate slams shut, you re on your own. Stand on the white line! Look forward to kitchen duty, working the press, buy ups in the Rec Room join the inmates of Wentworth Detention Centre for a reality check... Prisoner Cell Block H aired for 8 years from 1979 for an incredible 692 episodes. It was one of the most watched Australian soaps ever, at home and around the world. Made by Grundy, Prisoner was the first Australian show to tackle issues such as rape, homosexuality, murder and violence. This DVD encompasses the very first 32 episodes of this iconic show. DVD extras: Episode 1 - Audio commentary from producer Ian Bradley Who's Who of Wentworth: Case Files Meet the press game The Wentworth Files - Who's Who on both sides of the bars Wentworth galleria - photos and production stills from the show.
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There are no subtitles on any of the 5 seasons of Prisoner Cell Block H.
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A small feature where you can see a short clip of sorting out Lynne Warner and the galleria which i felt was a bit dissapointing, it just seemed to be stills taken from scenes with a few publicity ones thrown in also.
Its great to see some familiar faces in the early series Myra Desmond & Willy Beecham as screws (prison officers for the uninitiated)Psycho Doctor Neil as a policeman, Auntie May as a friend of Bea's and a very naked Queenie Marshall.
All in all though a very good buy plus you get double the amount that the Australian release had (16 to the uk's 32 episodes)so wont take long to release the whole collection, and i personally cannot wait until Volume 2 is released.
One thing I was never keen on with "PRIZ" were the re-casting of former actresses. Thats the issue with Kirsty Child here who later played Willie Beecham, pal of May Collins (Billie Hammerburg)who also appears here as a different charecter. Whats also funny is the development of lead charecters. Both Judith McGraith and Joy Westmore are here, pottering around as officers in the bakcground before their roles were strengthened to the point Colleen *Po-Face" Powell and Joyce Barry became series regulars in later episodes. There were also elements of these early storylines that get repeated later on. Val lehman cited repitition of stories as one of the reasons for her decision to leave the show, and if you watch the entire show, thats abundantly obvious. We're not by any means talking any great work of art with Prisoner but, the show delivers time and again with raucous fun, fury and flashbacks. There are also some truly heart wrenching moments at certian points of the series.
They have not packed too many episodes on a disc so the quality is very high, thankfully the original recordings are pretty good quality or at least have been cleaned up, they look fresh as a daisy.
Not packed with extras but to be honest with so much content in each box set your going to be pretty busy anyway. Not sure if much extra would have been available from that era anyway.
Very enjoyable if you've seen it before, as I have, but recommended if you have never seen it before it deals with what today are still some pretty shocking things, get it, you'll love it! :-)
It's gonna cost me a small fortune to buy all 20 volumes but no one said I had to get them all at once. I have just ordered 3 & 4 to keep me busy for a while
Cell Block H is very watchable and has me sitting on the edge of my seat at times. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching a good drama.
I'm 23 but I think this show has aged well in the sense that many of the issues explored are still relevant and with the exception of the overdramatic interval music (lol!) and fashions of the late 1970s, Cell Block H looks like something that has aged well.
Highly Recommended :)
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