Smart but self-destructive lawyer Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh, Moulin Rouge!, Van Helsing) faces new challenges to his career and his personal life as the hit Australian comedy-drama returns. Last seen dangling from a runaway hot-air balloon, Cleaver crashes into the window of wanted criminal Edgar Thompson (John Waters, Offspring). Forced out of hiding, Edgar stirs up a huge corruption scandal involving most of the politicians in Sydney and vows revenge on Cleaver. As Cleaver runs for his life, his best friend’s wife, Scarlet (Danielle Cormack, Wentworth), tries to explain her new relationship to her kids, and former prostitute turned celebrity writer Melissa (Adrienne Pickering, The Reef) returns to Australia in disgrace, harboring a serious addiction. Later, the sudden death of a colleague shocks Cleaver and his friends. Guest stars in this “scathing legal drama” (The Guardian, UK) include Miriam Margolyes (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Rachael Blake (Serangoon Road), and Sara Wiseman (A Place to Call Home).

rakeseries4dvdStudio: Acorn Media
Year: 2017
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Run time: 461 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
Region: 1

Rake is an Australian TV show about an attorney, Cleaver Green, played by Richard Roxburgh, who is – no other way to say it – a complete mess. He’s in terrible tax trouble and has been for a while, and has come up with every excuse as to why his records aren’t available, so he keeps delaying. Meanwhile his secretary is stealing from him, which he knows, and they come to an agreement that she can only steal 10% instead of the usual 30.

Green is divorced, and his main squeeze is a prostitute who later leaves the profession and winds up married to a politician. As far as his friends, he creates complete chaos in their lives just by showing up. When he finally gets permission to re-enter the home of Tom and Scarlet, he destroys their child’s birthday party when he gets into a fight with the clown.

On top of all of this, Green is an excellent attorney and really has some challenging cases – cannibalism is one; in another, a terrorist sets off a bomb and his wife is accused of buying the materials to make it, but she claims they are for her beauty business. “Hydrogen peroxide,” the Judge says. “Bleaching hair,” she says. “It seems like an awful lot,” the Judge says. “Well, I don’t want to be vulgar, Judge, but there are other places on a woman’s body that have hair,” says Green.

Movie Quality: 8.5/10

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

It’s a terrific series, leaving me desperately fiending for more after each episode. If you liked Californication for the dialogue more than the sex, you’ll love Rake for the same reasons, and you’ll not be disappointed in either department.
Overall Rating: 8/10