New to Blu: TV > November 20-26

This week’s full moon couldn’t be timelier for fans of two of TV’s darker dramas and a stellar classic.

Banshee should unleash howls of joys from fans and newbies alike for its  “terrific AV presentation and a solid selection of extras”.

“Much of Banshee is extremely cinematic looking. I was actually surprised how much the show looks like an actual movie.

“There are times where the looks become overly digital and phony but the rest of the show has some great depth, colour, and clarity.”

Perfect scores for the A/V, with the 1.78:1, 1080p transfer pushing out some razor-sharp visuals.

“Banshee is a town with everything, from lavish barn raves to bucolic Amish farmlands to gun-metal-gray white supremacy ghettos, and it all looks fantastic.

“In support, the DTS-HD Master Audio track delivers strong sound, pumping out the multiple action bits and my new favourite series theme with pop.”

The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season’s high definition presentation largely mirrors those of its predecessors.

“The show retains what is a slightly dull, lightly soft appearance, one in which bold colours are at a premium and detail never quite reaches the upper limits of the format’s capabilities.”

“The series has been created on Super 16 mm film and then printed up to 35 mm.

“This process results in a very film-like grain structure that preserves a relatively high level of contrast.

“The fine detail is not as intricate as one sees on other HD series, but this grittiness actually lends itself well to the horror subject matter.”

The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season features an exceptional Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack, one that handles the show’s necessary extremes with equal precision.”

The superior extras include five commentaries, six deleted scenes and more than an hour of behind-the-scenes shorts.

After lagging behind the US with previous Star Trek series Blu-rays, the latest beams down here the same day.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5 looks marvellous on Blu-ray, just as do the previous seasons before it.

“Paramount’s restoration remains nothing short of breathtaking and a testament to both the franchise’s profitability and fan demand.

“Even through five seasons, it never gets old to behold the Enterprise in all her high definition glory.”

As well as retaining the original DVD extras, there are new audio commentaries on four episodes, newly uncovered deleted scenes from seven episodes in full HD and a gag reel.

“Better still, producers Roger Lay Jr and Robert Meyer Burnett have turned in another fine set of in-depth HD documentaries for this season, including Requiem: A Remembrance of Star Trek: The Next Generation and In Conversation The Music of Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

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3 Responses to “New to Blu: TV > November 20-26”

  1. The local release of The Walking Dead actually comes with a DTS HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Glad that I imported the US release which comes with an awesome Dolby True HD 7.1 soundtrack.

  2. Thanks, Mark. The logic behind what gets 7.1 and what doesn’t is unfathomable. Fox has the rights to The Walking Dead in this market yet the same studio released Epic here in 7.1. Disney seems the most reliable, with both The Lone Ranger and Monsters University getting 7.1 releases.

  3. Yes, Philip, if you are wanting the version of a movie with the best quality video and audio, then you do have to usually do a fair amount of research to ensure that you do get the best release.

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