New to Blu: TV > December 4-10

The best of this week’s TV-on-disc releases, The Fall, is DVD-only but a must to see in HD.

So if you’re not a SoHo subscriber, import the UK Blu-ray of the serial killer thriller that the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly judged not only the best of a done-to-death genre but also one of the year’s top 10 shows (Top of the Lake, another of EW’s top 10 must-sees for 2013, similarly was DVD-only, despite its NZ links, superb cinematography and Blu-ray releases in the US and UK.)

“Well played, and well shot, with the Blu-ray release looking better than so many other BBC shows on Blu-ray.

Sherlock wishes it looked as good as this show, with very little in the way of digital noise in the darkest of scenes, and detail being tremendous from the grey Irish visuals to the tiles inside of a changing room.

“A very strong presentation by the Beeb.”

Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season takes aim and plants two shots centre mass with a precise and proficient 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation almost, almost as stunning as its predecessor.”

“Though there are as many as six episodes on each disc, there shouldn’t be concerns about over-compression due to the release’s lack of supplements.

“The visuals bear this out, as the transfer exhibits inky black levels, strong contrast, and deep colour; however, because of the cinematography and colour grading, shadow areas can often look a bit crushed.”

Equally impressive is the DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track: it boasts a crisp, dynamic and commanding audio presentation that really grabs the viewer’s attention.

“Dialogue and music are balanced evenly and rarely fight for attention, the rear channels are used smartly and LFE is generous when the situation demands it.”

For sale only 10 days after its broadcast in SD is the Blu-ray of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (50th Anniversary Special), complete with “a lot of special features: The Last Day and The Night of the Doctor prequels, Behind the Lens documentary voiced by 6th Doctor Colin Baker, Doctor Who Explained doco and a couple of great trailers”.

Also out this week on Blu-ray, in separate volumes, are series one to four of the new millennium Time Lord.

12568137Another blast from the past, Dune, also resurfaces on Blu-ray (albeit in only the theatrical cut), but fans of the David Lynch-directed miniseries might want to import the Region A version.

The Region B release uses a German master that’s apparently inferior to Universal’s US master.

“This is not the worst that I’ve ever seen Dune look by any stretch … Nonetheless, it’s a needless disappointment, considering that Universal already had a very good master at its disposal.”

Also new are BBC Earth’s Great Barrier Reef and season six of Robot Chicken (“a decent 1080p/VC-1 presentation that suffers at the hands of minor but frequent aliasing”).

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6 Responses to “New to Blu: TV > December 4-10”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    December 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Wonder why we did not get the 3D version of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor? I saw it at the movies and loved it in 3D 🙂

  2. Definitely get the Region A Dune -it’s stunning and region-free. Why wasn’t The Fall BD released here? It’s not as if BBC BD have been poor sellers in the past – despite high pricing. While you’re adding The Fall BD to your basket you might as well buy Top of the Lake – also available in region-free BD … although to be honest both these series were overcooked and don’t stand up to repeat viewings.

  3. Trevor: We do get the 3D version of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor. Advertised on Mighty Ape. I have imported the 3D version from Amazon UK for $20

  4. We watched The Fall on Soho. Looked great in HD. The show was very good but had a slightly disappointing ending. Not a show that many people would want to watch more than once.

  5. Thanks Mark, good to see the 3D version has been released here 🙂

  6. I didn’t get to see the 3D version at the movies but definitely looking forward to watching this in 3D at home

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