New to Blu: TV > December 11-17

Two HD series that suffered in SD on Prime — Under the Dome and Downton Abbey — get a 1080p spruce-up this week on Blu-ray.

Under the Dome fares well on Blu-ray. The HD video photography delivers a very clean, accurate image. Daytime exteriors are particularly stunning.”

“I was simply delighted by the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that is available for each episode on this set. While a lot of the show is dialogue heavy, each episode provides enough action for one’s speakers to really kick in.”

“The presentation is solid and the extras, produced to Steven Spielberg’s standards, are wonderfully in-depth, so if you’re a [Stephen] King fan, or just want more about the people of Chester’s Mill, this is a fine collection.”

There’s also a special edition exclusive to Amazon with an extra disc of HD extras and deluxe packaging that includes a miniature dome.

Extras on season four of Downton Abbey, which only ended its run on  Monday, include a look at changes in fashion and how the house is moving forward, with new cast members and storylines; a typical day on the set of Downton; and interviews with the new cast members.

Behind the Candelabra “has a distinct style that looks quite nice on Blu-ray, enhancing the glittery, retro content of the story well.

“The picture adheres to an intentionally soft appearance with a faintly diffuse glow that helps to create a certain ’vintage’ look.”

“Framed at 1.78:1 and presented in 1080p with the AVC codec, the transfer offers a faithful presentation of [director Steven] Soderbergh’s naturalistic and available light cinematography.

“Because of the sometimes dim environments in the Vegas nightclubs and moody hotel interiors, images are not always tack sharp, but in daylit scenes or under stage lights, there’s a pleasing clarity to both wide shots and close ups.”

“Audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master in 5.1 surround at 1943 kbps.

“It’s clean, frequently vigorous from the period (starting with the late ‘70s) music to a score by Marvin Hamlisch and plenty of piano performed by Liberace.”

Critics were divided over the HD merits of The Simpsons’ 16th season.

The Simpsons didn’t matriculate to HD workflow until halfway through its twentieth season.

“This sixteenth year follows in the footsteps of previous native SD seasons. The best elements here are probably with regard to the colour, which is deeply saturated and nicely varied. Line detail on the other hand is frequently unstable and fuzzy looking.”

“Blu-ray is the way to go for fans of the show. The picture is better and the packaging is far superior to what Fox has been inflicting on DVD buyers.”

“The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix is surprisingly immersive for a television cartoon series.

“The music is constantly filtered throughout the soundfield, and the sound design makes sure that occasional sound effects and incidental dialogue pan out through various front and rear channels as appropriate, often to impressive effect with the directionalised dialogue.”

Futurama: Volume 8 is presented on Blu-ray by 20th Century Home Entertainment with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1.

“This is another nicely sharp and well detailed high definition presentation of this native HD series. Line detail is precise and stable and the palette is expectedly vivid and brilliantly saturated.”

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2 Responses to “New to Blu: TV > December 11-17”

  1. Looking forward to watching Under the Dome on Blu-ray 🙂

  2. I’m really impressed by how good Under the Dome looks and sounds on Blu-ray … WAY better than on yucky Prime 🙂

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