New to Blu: November 4 – 10

“The final seven episodes of Mad Men offered the perfect send-off to one of the greatest television shows that ever aired.

“The video and audio presentations are both excellent, and the extras are amazing. This is a Must-Own!”

“This has consistently been one of the nicer looking series on television (and on subsequent Blu-ray), especially due to the often cool and convincing production design.

“These last episodes continue the tradition of excellent recreation of a time period, with great fine detail offering excellent views of fabrics in costumes and elements like upholstery or other material.”

All that disappoints is the omission of retrospective making-of-the-series extras.

While the documentaries about baby boomers and single working women are first-rate, new material on the show’s behind-the-scenes legacy has been reserved for the complete series box set — which is shortchanging the fans who bought every season on BD and helped to make Mad Men such a pop culture phenomenon.

Other top TV releases include Doctor Who Series 9 Part I, DC Comics Starter Pack (seasons one of Gotham, The Flash and Arrow), a S1-8 box set of The Big Bang Theory and S4 of Person of Interest.

Similarly, if you want the complete extras package for Inside Out, you’ll need to buy the Collectors Edition, which includes a bonus making-of disc.

“If you want to see where this presentation truly excels, it’s in the hair and fuzz on the emotion characters. When details that small come across so wonderfully, you know you’re doing well.”

“Colour is gorgeously saturated but never over-the-top, and black levels are richly deep and inky. Contrast has been consistently maintained throughout making for an incomparable picture.”

Toy Story That Time Forgot has screened at least twice on TV2 but not with the 7.1 audio or comprehensive extras that come with it on Blu-ray.

“Even as it’s just a made-for-TV short rather than a full-blown feature film, no expense was seemingly spared with Toy Story That Time Forgot and Disney’s 1080p transfer reveals all in rather spectacular fashion. The image is sharp and vibrant, with colours that prove exacting and bright throughout.”

“Contrast has been expertly sustained throughout, and colors are always under control, from the bright green of Rex and the purple of The Cleric to the more subtle shades for Trixie and Maximus.”

Also new are:

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail 40th Anniversary Edition (“while this is the best the film has looked, with amped up contrast and improved detail, it does fall far short of what us videophiles have come to expect”)
  • The Final Girls (“excellent video and audio”)
  • Dark Places (“while sharpness is above average, it’s somewhat disappointing with its lack of detail”)
  • The Voices (“oodles of detail, fabulous colour rendition, great contrast, and zero artefacts”)
  • The Beatles 1
  • Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia – Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
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