Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DVD Review : A Place to Call Home : Season 2

A thoroughly addictive Australian period drama brimming with secrets, passion, romance, and intrigue, A Place to Call Home, Season 2 makes its North American DVD debut on June 30, 2015 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Against the backdrop of post-World War II Australia, A Place to Call Home stars Marta Dusseldorp (Jack Irish) as Sarah Adams, a nurse who becomes involved in the affairs of the wealthy Bligh family. Dealing with themes such as anti-Semitism, sexuality, and social class, this rich and meaningful, high-quality production has been hailed as “Australian television to be proud of” (The Guardian). This set includes all 10 episodes of the show’s second season which originally premiered on Acorn TV in April 2015 (DVD 3-disc set, $59.99, The period drama, which has already been commissioned for a third and fourth season, features a strong cast led by Marta Dusseldorp (Jack Irish) and co-starring Craig Hall (The Hobbit), Brett Climo (Snowy River: The McGregor Saga), Abby Earl (The Great Mint Swindle), Noni Hazlehurst (Little Fish), Aldo Mignone (Danger 5), Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood (Underbelly) and David Berry (Home and Away).

As the smash hit Australian drama returns, momentous changes await indomitable nurse Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp) and the wealthy Bligh family. Sarah and dashing George Bligh (Brett Climo) contend with the machinations of his mother (Noni Hazlehurst) to drive them apart. George’s daughter, Anna (Abby Earl), is determined to prove her love for the unsuitable Gino (Aldo Mignone), while son James (David Berry) and his pregnant wife, Olivia (Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood), face fierce challenges to their marriage.

Set in the 1950s, A Place to Call Home tackles issues of social class and sexuality with insight and intrigue. Universally praised by critics and adored by audiences, this “captivatingly filmed, deeply romantic drama of immense intelligence distinguished by a uniformly superb cast” (The Wall Street Journal) is sure to win your heart.

Street Date: June 30, 2015               SRP: $59.99  

DVD 3-Disc Set: 10 episodes – Approx. 430 min. – SDH Subtitles

UPC 0-54961-2404-9-4                      ISBN 978-1-62172-404-9                   Contains violence and sexual situations

My Thoughts

A Place to Call Home is a suburb period drama set in Australia in the 1950s. Sarah Adams spent twenty years as a nurse overseas. When she finally returns home, she meets handsome widower  George Bligh. Sparks fly between the two, but his wealthy family is less than pleased with their budding romance, especially when she has a run-in with his brother. Mrs. Bligh, his controlling mother, does everything she can to keep the new couple apart, but Sarah isn't a woman who gives up easily.  There are ten episodes in the second season.

 No Secrets, Ever - Jack learns he has a daughter by Carolyn.

 I Believe - Sarah is ready to move on from her first husband but religious differences put a strain on relationships.

A Kiss to Build a Dream On - People conspire against Sara at an engagement party.

What Your Heart Says- Sarah tells George about her past.

 The Ghosts of Christmas Past - War secrets could get in the way of Sara and George's relationship.

Auld Lang Syne  - A society party tries to shame Sarah.

 No Other Love - A european discovery threatens George & Sarah's renewed happiness.

 Answer Me, My Love - Lots of big decision are made that could effect everyone's relationships. 

 I Do, I Do  - Love traingles hit a peak at Anna & Gino's wedding.

Unforgettable - George has conflicting emotions and Anna runs into trouble on her honeymoon.

This is such a great show, filled with secrets and romance. Each episode ends in a cliff hanger that leaves you wanting more. In addition to the fabulous storyline between the main characters, in also ties in actual historical events from the time period.  I can't wait for Season 3 to come out on DVD. 

If you'd like to grab a copy of this fantastic period drama for yourself, its available on Acorn Media for only $59.99. You can also order it online on Amazon.