New to Blu: TV > March 6-12

Two of the year’s most anticipated TV-on-Blu-ray series release this week: Africa and Game of Thrones’ second season.

The former lands here a day after ending its broadcast run and the latter three weeks before SoHo launches the third season.

Game of Thrones continues to absolutely astonish on Blu-ray. This is pure reference quality material.”

The Complete Second Season boasts a stunning, near-flawless — if not source-perfect — 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation that renders nitpicking an exercise in meaningless vigilance.

“While other studios seem content to cram twenty-plus episodes on four discs, HBO has again spread ten episodes across five BD-50s, giving each second-season entry plenty of room to breathe.”

The DTS-HD Master Audio (48kHz/24-bit) soundtrack was similarly acclaimed.

“Be it the crackle of a hearth, the crash of a blade, or the whinny and gallop of a horse, the track surrounds and engages with superb balance, a strong sense of dynamic range, and nicely extended lows.”

“The supplemental package is basically perfect, too.”

“Aside from some minor but frequent video noise (primarily visible in the blazing Savannah and Sahara skies), a reasonable amount of filmic softness and some inherent camera/source anomalies (particularly during night scenes, underground shots or slow motion footage), Africa’s 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation is always impressive and often stunning.”

Unusually, the BBC has provided Africa with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track that is “one of its greatest assets and shouldn’t be discounted or dismissed”.

The week’s other TV release is Alcatraz.

“Warner has provided a smooth, clear transfer free from any of the pesky artifacts one probably encountered watching the show on cable with compressed signals.”

“Everything appears very sharp, clear and highly defined, with fairly impressive texturing and depth.”

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12 Responses to “New to Blu: TV > March 6-12”

  1. I’m waiting patiently for the courier to bring me my Game Of Thrones Blu-ray 🙂

  2. I bought Game of Thrones Season 2 from Amazon US. Region free. Cost me just over NZ $40, including postage. Delivered today!

  3. I actually bought the box set of Heroes on Blu-ray from Amazon UK … suppose to get it on Monday 🙂

  4. I bought the box set of Heroes on Blu-ray from Amazon UK last year. NZ $45 for all 4 seasons. Bargain!

  5. I didn’t buy Thrones or Heroes, saved over $80! lmao

  6. Hi Mark, does Heroes look great in HD and are there lots of extras including video commentaries? PS: I’m REALLY enjoying Game Of Thrones 🙂

  7. THX 113: I see it the other way. You have lost out on not seeing Thrones or Heroes on Blu-ray. Particularly Thrones, which is an excellent series and looks and sounds stunning on Blu-ray. $80 for season two of Game of Thrones and all four seasons of Heroes is a great deal.

  8. Hi Trevor. Picture quality on Heroes is a bit inconsistent, especially season one. Seasons 2 -4 look very decent.

  9. Thanks, Mark, it’s a shame Heroes got cancelled as it’s a darn good show 🙂

  10. I really enjoyed Heroes, but I felt that four seasons was enough for me.

  11. I see what you mean, Mark, about the video quality of season one of Heroes but still I’m loving it and also the video commentaries 🙂

  12. Yes Trevor. The video quality is up and down but still doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of this series.

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