This series consists of six episode - "Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?", "Repeat Offender", "4 Kilos To Book Week", "Unholy Matrimony", "Amnesty", and "And Nothing But The Truth". Each is a continuation of the season-long story arc of the Book Week, but can also stand up as independent episodes as well.
One thing that surprised me is just how much of the comedy in this movie is either racist, sexist, or against the disadvantaged. Seven minutes into the show the head librarian turns to a Muslim couple and states "Could you leave your backpack at the front counter, please?" to which the male asks "why?" with the librarian stating "I think we know why". If you get offended easily, then you might want to give this comedy a bit of a wide berth, but we found it pretty hilarious.
The Librarians is a solid comedy series from the ABC which seems to offend everyone, but remains likable and entertaining at the same time.
Still, the audio presented here is clear and easy to understand. There is only one subtitle track on this disc, that being an English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired. The subtitles are placed on-screen next to the characters talking, and have also been colour coded according to those talking for easier recognition. It works well with accuracy to dialogue and good pacing.
Completing the set are a couple of extras so let's see what's included on this Blu-Ray set then shall we?
Audio Commentary by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope Eps 1 & 6: Two of the episodes are given audio commentaries which are fairly interesting, especially for those that want a little more insight into this Australian comedy.
What's On The Wall: Two images showing a close-up of, well, what's on the wall in the library.
Middleton Interactive Learning Centre Photo Board (7:44): This featurette is basically a running slideshow of stills from the movie. The disappointing aspect is that they are very small, obviously set up for Standard Definition, and it would have been nice if the HD images had been used on this Blu-Ray release.
ABC Promo Interview (5:00): A short promotional video clip with the husband and wife creators of this TV series. It's brief but has some interesting details about how the series was created.
Alternative ending for Ep 4 (1:48): Title says it all really, but this ending isn't as good as the one in the final show.
Deleted Scene from Ep 6 (0:40): This deleted scene is from the final episode in the series, and is pretty average.
Review By: Dave Warner