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July 7, 2010
Suburban Mayhem Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
26/10/20068/6/2010Icon FilmsPaul Goldman
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
VC-1DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MA15+Emily Barclay

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Katrina (Emily Barclay) in Suburban Mayhem.

Suburban Mayhem is not your typical Australian film. It's based around the world of Katrina (played by Emily Barclay). Katrina is a 19-year-old single mum who is hell bent on causing mayhem for everyone around her and as such is a master manipulator and lives a life of drugs, alcohol and petty crime.

Katrina also displays an unusual and almost obsessive relationship with her brother, Danny (played by Lauren Breuels). When Danny gets sentenced to life in prison after committing a murder Katrina vows to stop at nothing to get her brother out.

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Suburban Mayhem is out now on Blu-Ray.
The movie is best described as a dramatic black comedy, and as it's rated MA15+ there is very little 'holding back', the film contains death, drama, sex scenes, a topless Katrina and fast cars, it's a great film for those with testosterone, but the decent storyline also means it's a film that can be watched by the missus, which is always a good thing.

Overall, Suburban Mayhem is an enjoyable film that will have you engaged to the end. The film can be so unpredictable that you really don't know what to expect next, which with this type of film, is most certainly a good thing.

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Up close and personal in Suburban Mayhem.
Suburban Mayhem looks great on Blu-Ray and the films video bitrate stays between 26–34 Mbps throughout the vast majority of the film and sometimes gets even higher. The movie may be a couple of years old but the distinct colours look wonderful and close up shots of things such as Katrina's alarm clock are clear. One of the only complaints we have with the picture is the lighting, which can sometimes be a little bit dark.

Suburban Mayhem contains quite a bit of action and this means that those with a decent audio setup will enjoy watching the movie. Everytime Katrina gets into her car and you can hear her speed off it's hard not to feel impressed by your own surround sound setup. Icon has included a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (16-bit/48Khz) track, and as such the Playstation 3 hovered around 1.6 – 1.8 Mbps the entire time. Voices are clear throughout the film and distinct small noises such as a baby crying and a character kicking a bottle are clear and realistic.

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Standing outside the courtoom having a smoke.
Unfortunately there are no special features at all on the Blu-Ray edition of Suburban Mayhem. This is actually a severe disappointment as there were six different special features included on the DVD release and so these really should have been included.

Suburban Mayhem isn't your typical Australian film and pleasingly it's also really good. While the transfer is great and the audio is sensational it is disappointing that the Blu-Ray disk includes no special features. We would have expected, at the very least, that the SD features were ported from the DVD release.

Review By: Luke Van Leuveren


Note: All images in this article are Copyright© Icon Films. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.