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Great fun, but they should have included the European ending
on 20 October 2007
How wonderful for this rare but (ironically) perennially popular 22-part spin-off from the cult hit miniseries to be released on DVD.
Yes, the plots are absurd as is the fashion and the cast revel in camp excess, but that is precisely what makes it fun, and the show actually had a sense of humour about itself that would have - if it had continued - distinguished it from "Sons and Daughters", the only show with which it is vaguely comparable. It was unfortunately marketed as "Dallas Down Under" or the "Aussie Dynasty", but it was far wittier than either of those shows.
The show was apparently very successful overseas and it was initially planned to have a 5 year run, but its high budget precluded further series. That is a pity. Whilst it is doubtful that it could have sustained its camp wit for 5 years, it probably could have run for 3.
The one shame about this release - as of course has been noted by other reviwers - is that it does not include the wrap-up ending that was filmed after the cancellation, featuring radically new hairstyles for Rebecca Gilling and Peter Cousins, and which was shown to European audiences (it has also been used for all the Australian reruns, so I'm not sure why it is not included on the DVD). But really, we ought to be grateful that it was released on DVD at all!