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The Day of the Triffids [Blu-ray]
(Nick Copus, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Television: BBC Wales
Video: Showbox Media Group Ltd
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 1:32:54.291 + 1:32:53.083
Disc Size: 45,798,124,544 bytes
Episodes Size: 17,758,629,888 bytes + 17,793,183,744 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps
Chapters: 20 + 18
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 22nd, 2010
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 24 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1901 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1901 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
• Interviews with 12 members of the cast
•Interviews with 5 members of the crew
• Making of (34:04)
• 6 Deleted Scenes (about 6.5 minutes)
Description: An epic adaptation of John Wyndham’s
best-selling iconic novel, which brings his terrifying
creation of carnivorous plant species to life in a CGI
extravaganza, supported by a sensational all-star cast that
includes Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Eddie
Izzard, Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Priestley.
As for the passage of time blunting the impact of television, I watched
the first episode of The Day of the Triffids with my children,
expecting at least the youngest of them to be as spooked as I was when,
at about the same age, I watched the 1962 film on the telly. Yet he
pronounced it no scarier than an average episode of Doctor Who.
Shot on HD (Sony CineAlta F35) the two part series 'Day of the Triffids' looks quite strong on Blu-ray. I *think* some of the flashback sequences were on film though as either grain or noise was quite heavy - but for the majority of the two-part series detail is excellent, colors a bit flatter than I might expect, but there is even some depth. There are impressive moments. The effects aren't overwhelming - and I can appreciate that factor - but what was utilized fit the bill well and I was surprised at it's professional level. This is a dual-layered disc with each 1.5 hour part taking up about 17 Gig of space and the video bitrate is modest. Contrast levels for the indoors sequences are healthy, in natural light often a notch below. There isn't anything to complain about with this Blu-ray. It appears competently rendered and supports the presentation very well as I hope the screen captures below will prove.
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The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 1901 kbps shows some depth and occasional punchy separations. It's not 'demo' material but does a good job helping the film's moods along nicely. There is also a 2.0 channel stereo track to choose, but no subtitles are offered.Surprisingly, my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
We get about 1.5 hour's worth of cast interviews - very weak image - and mostly they talked about their characters. During Jason Priestly's there is plenty of background screaming as the film was being made at the same time - but the interviewer and he, amusingly, ignored it. There is also interview pieces on 5 of the crew, 6 shortish deleted scenes and a slap-dash, half-hour, 'Making of...' shot during production.
February 19th, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze