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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Rhythm and Blues" )


directed by Pino Amenta, Philip Dalkin, John Powditch
Australia 1991


Washed-up rock star Buddy Rivers (Jon English, WALK THE TALK) has been living a care-free lifestyle with rare gigs from his shifty agent Wayne (Bruno Lucia, THE TIME GUARDIAN) and his house maintained by former roadie/struggling actor Doug (Garry Who, FAIR GAME) until Tracey Lawson (Rebecca Gibney, PAPERBACK ROMANCE) appears on his doorstep announcing that he has a pair of fifteen-year-old twins - Anna (NEIGHBOURS' Jane Hall) and Thomas (Steven Jacobs) - by an old flame who was recently killed in a plane crash. Although Tracey at first is seeking his agreement for her custody over the children, and Buddy is doubtful about his ability to parent two teenagers, his innate sweetness and their need for a connection to their late mother lead to three new additions to Buddy's and Doug's cramped household. As Buddy presses Wayne for more gigs, Doug divides his time between housekeeping and the prestige of even the smallest TV bit part, and Tracy joins the workforce while searching for an ideal career, Anna and Thomas negotiate high school both helped and hindered by their father who sometimes embarrasses them and other times makes them seem cool and edgy. Running four years in the early nineties, ALL TOGETHER NOW embodies all of the clichés of sitcoms the world over - American viewers may find it a cross between FULL HOUSE and THE HOGAN FAMILY (post killing off the mother for a salary dispute) - with the garish video look of the period, laugh track, and triggering pop culture references. The characters are all stock but the actors give them warmth, with English's spacey Buddy the butt of many jokes for the audience but sensitive and serious when it counts, Doug providing comic relief but also the confidante of the children and the voice of conscience when they think to take advantage of their father or when their embarrassment about Buddy might hurt him, straight woman Tracey disapproving of Buddy's irresponsible behavior but eventually seeing his good intentions, while Thomas is motivated by money and girls - and failing spectacularly in both departments - and Anna is ambivalent about her own musical talent and self-image in the shadow of her late mother. Common sitcom plots employed include the children's embarrassment about their father attending parent-teacher night, the children being pressured into trying alcohol or drugs (with their father hardly being an upstanding model), disastrous attempts at family vacations, Buddy needing money, Wayne's scheming for a cut, Doug's ludicrous acting roles, Doug feeling unappreciated running the household, Tracey's career explorations, show business people either tempting Buddy away from the family with fame or trying to take advantage of him, and the twins' high school travails. Each episode is named after a popular song, and English gets more opportunities to sign onscreen apart from the show's title song and one of his earlier songs "Easy Street" which is one of Buddy Rivers' hits on the show and is sometimes heard within the show or over the end credits. Who would depart the show early in the final season and Gibney would be shortly after by Kerry Armstrong (GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM) in a soap opera-ish turn.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 22 January 1991 - 14 September 1993 (Australian television)

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DVD Review: Umbrella Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL

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Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 2152:43

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ~7.74 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Umbrella Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� 21 episodes plus goof reel (23:20)

� 23 episodes plus goof reel (30:54)

� DISCS 9-12: SERIES 3
� 26 episodes plus 'John English Tribute: Turn the Page' (4:31)

� DISCS 13-17: SERIES 4
� 31 episodes plus 'John English Tribute: Hollywood 7' (4:53)

DVD Release Date: 4 July 2018

Chapters 606




An early nineties series shot on broadcast video, ALL TOGETHER NOW looks about as good as it can on DVD with overall soft definition, rare tape damage, clipped highlights that trail during camera movements, and compression noise in fine detail that is part of the original recordings. While the first two seasons had apparently been issued separately, the third and fourth seasons are only available in this boxed set. The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mixes are basic an there are no subtitle or caption options. Extras are limited to gag reels for the first two seasons (each one longer than individual episodes) while the third and fourth seasons have Jon English tribute performances. According to Wikipedia, the initial episodes of the show had the title RHYTHM AND BLUES and had a different theme song, so the masters here either represent syndication versions or the rights owners have grafted the later title sequence onto the earlier episodes.

  - Eric Cotenas


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