In this outrageously bawdy comedy, Don and his wife throw a party to watch the televised returns of Australia?s general election. As with all great parties, guests let their guards down, saying and doing things they might... more » regret later.« less
"It's a shame that the makers of this DVD put little to no effort into maintaining the quality of the original print. The pictue quality is below the standard of VHS (perhaps a PAL conversion?)and the sound has been mixed so poorly that you often can't hear what's being said due to the overbearing effects track. If you can manage to look past this butchering, you may be able to appreciate this great example of '70's Australian culture."
Excellent flick, beware DVD, look for VHS
Early A. Dopter | 12/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Don's Party in theatrical release, then on VHS, then on DVD. The film is basically talk, so the poor sound mix on the DVD is frustrating indeed. Fortunately I kept my VHS, and will probably stick to watching that; I watchthe film about every five years."
Fantastic movie, crummy DVD
Maureen Hardy | San Francisco, CA USA | 08/04/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is a 5 star movie with 1 star disc quality. The audio is so poor that I would not recommend its purchase to others. I can't even share this movie with friends, as they won't be able to understand the dialogue - it's only because I know most of the dialogue already that I can stand watching it."
Fine play becomes brilliant film
Early A. Dopter | 11/26/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don's Party has become a catchphrase in Australia. Every election held for the state or federal governments is now climaxed by little suburban gatherings dubbed "Don's Parties".The brilliant stage play by David Williamson has captured the Australian idiom in 1969 as a new generation of Australians, fresh from university and questioning the suffocation of 1950s Australia, began to express themselves.While it would be easy to dismiss this generation as flakey old baby boomers today, back then they seemed like courageous, questioning pioneers.The Bruce Beresford film is utterly faitherful to the play (see Beresford as the drive-in bottleshop attendant in the opening few minutes as Graham Kennedy stocks up on the way to Don's place).It is hilarious and damning at the same time as the vast gulf between Australian men and women is explored in the midst of a remarkable political crucible of the late 1960s.Of course, in the midst of such brilliant dialogue, one line stands out. Family values prevent me from repeating it here, but watch out for Curley's words of welcome as he arrives at Don's with a box full of beer."
Party on, Don
D. Hartley | Seattle, WA USA | 04/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Obscure but worthwhile little nugget from "Breaker Morant" director Bruce Beresford that folds in one part "Shampoo", one part "Return Of The Secausus 7" and sprinkles liberally with "Who's Afraid Of Virgina Woolf". The story takes place in Australia on election eve, 1969. Don and his uptight wife are hosting an "election party" for old college chums at thier solidly middle-class suburban home. With the exception of one self-absorbed Casanova, most of the guests range from recently divorced to unhappily married. Ostensibly gathering to watch election results, talk politics and socialize, Don's party quickly deteriorates into a veritable primer on bad human behavior as the alcohol kicks in. By the end of the night, marriages are on the rocks, friendships nearly broken and people are taking naked swims in the vacationing neighbor's pool. Yet, this is not just another wacky party story. It has a lot to say about mid-life crisis, elitism, politics, and the silly behavior between men and women in general. Savagely funny and well-acted, this is a sleeper worth seeking out. DVD notes: I would agree that the audio mix is uneven at times (the Aussie accents and slang are tough going anyway) but the picture isn't half bad if you tweak it a bit. I did an "A/B" with my 20 year old home-taped VHS copy, and it appears that the original print was a dodgy propostition to begin with, so short of a restored Criterion edition (don't hold your breath), "it is what it is"."