New to Blu: November 3-9 (TV)

It’s an epic week for TV-on-Blu-ray releases, with the WWII mini-series, The Pacific, leading the charge.

US critics were blown away by HBO’s HD specs.“The Pacific comes to Blu-ray with a stellar video presentation, and an audio presentation that is unparalleled,” Hi-Def Digest raved.

“Fine detail is some of the best I’ve ever seen. During close-ups on the actors every fleck of dirt, every smudge of mud can be seen in stunning clarity. The rigid texture of their uniforms pop off the screen.”

Concurred “Magnificently resolved textures bring every sweat-streaked face and grimy uniform to startling life, razor-wire edges are crisp and clean (without any significant ringing to report), skintones are lifelike and precisely saturated, daytime delineation is impeccable and nary a brightly lit scene goes by without something of note to offer its wide-eyed audience.”

While there were misgivings about scenes shot at night or in low-lit interiors not being nearly as dazzling, not so the audio. Predicted DVD Beaver: “The Pacific looks great and will likely become a benchmark for sound reproduction.”

Also new from Wednesday are Doctor Who: The Complete Specials, season two of Packed to the Rafters and the second movie spun off Sex & the City while Thursday brings the documentary series, Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking and Monday, WWE Summer Slam.

Inexplicably AWOL from this week’s Blu-ray releases are seasons one of Modern Family and four of Dexter, DVDs of which go on sale Wednesday.

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