What do you do when you release the first collection box set of a classic Australian TV series and the launch goes extremely well?
You release the next instalment!
Welcome to another chapter of Sons And Daughters – the TV soap that ran on Channel 7 from 1982 to 1987 and scored a handful of Logie Awards for one of its popular stars Rowena Wallace, aka Pat The Rat.
In 1983, Season Two of Sons And Daughters hit the ground running as it won the most amount of Logies, such as ‘Most Popular Lead Actress in a Series’ (Wallace), ‘Most Popular New Talent’ (Stephen Comey), and ‘Most Popular Drama Series’.
The Sons And Daughters Collection Two box set released by Via Vision Entertainment contains episodes 175 to 352 – covering all of Season Two. It picks up directly where Collection One left everyone on one hell of a cliffhanger. Season Two covers themes like drug addiction, depression, sexual assault, suicide, long-lost family members, love triangles, fires, and also dragging a new family into the turmoil – the Morrells. It’s pretty heavy stuff – all while Pat The Rat still reigns terror into the Hamilton and Palmer families.
The Collection Two release contains all 178 episodes across 26 DVDs. The visuals have not strayed far away from Collection One, so expect the same layout and display throughout. The brown and yellow menus have returned, so you can dive straight into your viewing with no mess or fuss. Each DVD casing has a quick liner to say which episode numbers are contained within, but an episode guide is not included.
Like Season One / Collection One, the episodes were transferred directly from the nearly 40 year old master tapes. There are disclaimers at the beginning of a couple of episodes where there has been inferior quality deterioration, and have been replaced with 3rd party resources to complete the storytelling.
Here are the DVD details:
Four Cases total
Case One – Part One – 6 DVDs
- Episodes 175 to 214
Case Two – Part Two – 6 DVDs
- Episodes 215 to 256
Case Three – Part Three – 6 DVDs
- Episodes 257 to 298
Case Four – Part Four – 8 DVDs
- Episodes 299 to 352
We haven’t checked out every single episode yet, but we’ve noticed Episodes 176, 180, 202, 206 have a quality warning message.
Sifting through those episodes, there’s not much difference in quality – unless you’re a perfectionist. It could either be an off-site recording or a snippet of a VHS copy. Two examples we’ve noticed are one where it’s come directly off a TV broadcast re-screening in the last couple of years due to a watermark:
and some washed VHS tape.
The box set is promoted as Region 4, but if you have a region-free player, you can get away with murder. Presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio and glorious 2.0 mono sound, the watching experience is comforting with the warm brown-esque tones of the time. Unfortunately there are no subtitles, and the audio is in English only. The full runtime of the box set is approximately 69 hours and 31 minutes.
Again, the tapes have held up quite well, so you’ll enjoy the continuation of the series that made Pat The Rat a household name.
Should you get it? YES! This is a golden nugget of classic Australian TV that was ‘water cooler talk’ for all of the early 1980s. But be careful – Pat the Rat will frustrate you so much, you might throw stuff at your TV.
Sons And Daughters – Collection Two stars Rowena Wallace, Brain Blain, Pat McDonald, Cornelia Frances, Anne Haddy, Ally Fowler, Ian Rawlings, Leila Hayes, Tom Richards, Peter Phelps, Antonia Murphy, Ilona Rodgers and Brett Climo.
This boxset was supplied to us from Via Vision for review.