Tonight in HD: June 12

Modern Family's Nathan Lane (left ) and Ed O'Neill

Pretty Little Liars (TV2, 5.30)

It’s parent-teacher conferences and one little liar’s father sits face-to-face with the love of her life and better you believe that ‘A’ has something to say about it.

Joey (TV2, 6.30, R)

Joey gets invited to present an award at the Daytime Soap Awards and finds that it’s more difficult than it looks; Michael unsuccessfully tries to work out at the gym.

Modern Family (TV3, 7.00, 5.1)

In an attempt to avoid sitting through a classical music concert with Gloria and Manny, Jay feigns a previous engagement with Mitchell. Nathan Lane guest stars. What the critics say: TV SquadAV Club, Television Blend.

The Middle (TV2, 7.30)

For his birthday present, Brick demands that Frankie and Mike tell him the true story about the day he was born – which has always remained a Heck family secret.

The Good Wife's Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies

CSI: Miami (TV3, 9.30, 5.1)

When a reality star is murdered, the CSIs investigate the cast, the obsessed fans, and the stars’ hidden pasts to find the killer. What the critics say: CSI Files, ScreenCrave.

The Good Wife (TV3, 10.25, 5.1)

Alicia is asked to turn a client’s son who’s accused of murder against his girlfriend and fellow suspect. What the critics say: LA TimesEntertainment Weekly, AV Club.

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4 Responses to “Tonight in HD: June 12”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    June 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    On tonight’s Five Minutes of Heaven they have the HD logo next to ONE. It’s clearly not in HD.

  2. Thanks, Mike. I didn’t see it. TVNZ didn’t advise media that the movie, or the following Artsville doco, would be in HD but confirms it was presented in HD. It may have looked SD because it was filmed on 16mm. I saw Heaven on DVD and remember it being very grainy. Here’s a review of the British Blu-ray that says likewise:

    Shot on 16mm stock, Heaven has an appropriately gritty and grainy texture that works especially well to give the flashbacks to “The Troubles” a convincingly vintage feel. It’s not as sharp as a film shot on 35mm—textures are not as refined, and the finest details are lost in the diminished analog resolution—but I quite like the general look cinematographer Ruairi O’Brien has achieved. The color palette is intentionally bleak, with a predominance of drab neutrals, muted primaries, and skin tones that fall on the pallid side. At times, the picture has an almost cross-processed, expired film look, with a slight bluish cast and highlights that are closer to yellow than white. Where this transfer gets into a little bit of trouble is its black levels. You’ll often notice crush—where shadow details have been obliterated—but at the same time, blacks have a hazy, not-as-inky-as-they-could-be quality. On the technical front, the encode looks solid, with no overt compression or transfer issues—barring some spikes in noise during the darker scenes— and no hints of DNR or edge enhancement.

  3. Ahh, that explains a lot. It didn’t look HD – especially when switching to CSI: Miami and back in the ad breaks! I didn’t notice the HD logo until half way through.

    Pity ONE couldn’t surprise us with Sherlock in HD the previous weeks, though.

  4. Absolutely right re Sherlock. I’ve just finished watching it on Blu-ray and the HD’s spectacular.

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