wentworth

Drastic changes are in store for the women at Wentworth Prison as the hit Australian drama returns. In Season 2, Bea (Danielle Cormack, Rake [Australia]) languishes in solitary, plotting revenge for her daughter’s murder, while Franky (Nicole da Silva, Rush) runs the prison unopposed. But the arrival of sadistic new governor Joan Ferguson (Pamela Rabe, The Secret Life of Us) threatens Franky’s top-dog status. With Franky’s contraband operation in her crosshairs, Ferguson attempts to recruit informants, and the inmates are forced to choose a side. “A gritty drama laden with twists and emotion” (Metro, UK), this award-winning series “crafts complex characters to tell outrageous prison stories” (The Sydney Morning Herald). The outstanding ensemble cast also features Kate Atkinson (Jack Irish), Robbie Magasiva (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), and Aaron Jeffery (McLeod’s Daughters).

wentworths2dvdStudio: Acorn Media
Year: 2017
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Run time: 576 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 4 DVD
Region: 1

“Wentworth” is a brilliant show. It is about power, sociopathy and the continuum of good and evil that women inmates deal with. Every episode compares and contrasts the lengths that the inmates will go to, to survive and get what they need. Though the warden (and later inmate), Ferguson is clearly psychopathic and somewhat psychotic, her devious psychological manipulations are a wonder to behold. She has no capacity for empathy and has a razor sharp ability to discern and exploit weakness in others.

I remember the original Cell Block H series and when I heard about this series I was a bit sceptical, no actually I was a LOT sceptical about it, hence the reason why it’s taken me three years to watch the first series on Amazon Prime and I have to say I was blown away at just how good it really was. I started to watch Wentworth about three weeks ago and I am totally addicted to this show.

There are more twists and turns than an Olympic Bobsleigh course and it all seems perfectly plausible. The show is written to such a high degree that it is easily the best drama series I’ve watched in years and that takes some doing. The acting is probably the finest I’ve ever seen and the show really does produce some classic edge of the seat watching, good enough to compete with any of the blockbusters Hollywood can produce,even the soundtrack is of the top quality that fits in perfectly with the events in the story lines.

Movie Quality: 8.5/10

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Photo Gallery

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

If you loved Prisoner Cell Block H and you’re interested in how and why the characters you loved became those people then this is ESSENTIAL viewing!
Overall Rating: 8/10