New to Blu: December 1-6 (TV)

It’s an action-packed week for TV-on-Blu-ray releases, with the final season of 24 and the first of Spartacus: Blood and Sand going head-to-head within 24 hours of each other.

24’s eighth season is the first to bow here on Blu-ray, although season seven was released in HD internationally.

It comes out on Wednesday, a week ahead of the US, whereas fans of Spartacus: Blood and Sand have had to wait until season one ended its SD run on The Box (the Blu-ray was released two months ago in the US but was region-locked).

Hi-Def Digest predicts devotees will be “ecstatic” about the Blu-ray: “The 1080p picture only adds to the stylised vision of Rome the series strives to portray. This transfer does just about everything right.” described the level of detail as “exceptional” and the transfer as one that “rivals many of the finest Blu-ray releases”.

In addition to the legion of extras, several episodes have had their digital effects enhanced and four are presented exclusively on Blu-ray as extended director’s cuts.

It’s also a stellar week for natural history Blu-rays. The National Geographic epic, Great Migrations, comes out on Thursday, the day after the BBC’s South Pacific and the broadcaster’s Natural History Collection, a six-disc set of Wild China, Galapagos, Yellowstone and Nature’s Great Events.

Also new are two Doctor Who collections — Complete Series 5 and The Complete Specials — season 13 of The Simpsons and a double-feature of the two movies spun off the ‘60s comedy, McHale’s Navy.

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