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The Invisible Man (complete series) [Blu-ray]

 

(Steven Bochco, Harve Bennett, 1975-76)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Universal TV

Video: First Look

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 13 episodes (1.5 hour Pilot and av. 48:21.064 per episode X 12 = 10:52:48 in total)

Disc Size: 49,997,944,389 bytes

Feature Size: 49,763,868,672 bytes

Video Bitrate: 9.44 Mbps

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 19th, 2012

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (original 1.33:1)

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

 

Subtitles:

None

 

Extras:

none

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Dr. Daniel Westin is a scientist at government think-tank KLAE Corporation until he is rendered invisible by a formula he concocted. Upon discovering that the government intends to use his formula for evil, he destroys the only batch. With no way to become visible again, he dons a realistic face mask and gloves and becomes a crime-fighting agent for KLAE while also working in the lab with his wife, Kate, in an attempt to rediscover his formula.

 

 

The Film:

As a scientist working for a government think-tank called the KLAE Corporation, Dr. Daniel Westin creates a formula to be used for matter transformation. To test the formula he uses it on himself. Before he can return to normal he discovers the government wants to use his formula for wrong, so he destroys it. Being unable to become visible again, he and his wife become agents for KLAE fighting crime, while trying to rediscover his formula and return to normal.

Excerpt from TV.com located HERE

Dr. Daniel Westin was a scientist working with a government thinktank known as the KLAE Corporation who was rendered invisible by a formula concocted by himself that was supposed to be used for matter transformation. Before he can return to normal, Westin discovers the federal government has plans to use his invisibility formula for warlike purposes, so he destroys the only formula. Unfortunately he has no way to become visible again, so, wearing a very realistic face mask and hands, he becomes an agent for KLAE, fighting crime and battling saboteurs, while simultaneously working in KLAE's laboratory with wife Kate to rediscover his formula. Walter Carlson was their sympathetic boss at KLAE. Written by Marty McKee.

Excerpt from mmckee at IMDblocated HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Heavily flawed transfer First Run's Blu-ray of the 1975-76 TV series The Invisible Man.  Firstly they have taken an originally 1.33:1 aspect ratio TV series and moved it to 1.78:1 for whatever reasons you may wish to believe. BUT for the 90-minute pilot they didn't even adjust for their aspect ratio bastardization and the information is all distorted with characters looking significantly wider (horizontally stretched).  What fools. If you need more they crammed 10 hours of the series onto one dual-layered Blu-ray disc - so the bitrate is barely better than SD-DVD. Comically this was delayed - yet they still managed to screw it up. Good grief!

NOTE: The cover on Amazon is incorrect (but better) than the true Blu-ray cover (which is above and below)!

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

NOTE: First 3 images are the pilot - distorted 1.33 original image to 1.78 without compensation adjustment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

Need more? No lossless audio nor any subtitles. It sounds totally unremarkable and certainly no better than a DVD. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

None. There was no room on the single-disc anyway.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I like David McCallum and all - and many of the recognizable actor co-starring throughout the series but there is a reason that it was cancelled before the first season was complete. Steven Bochco and Harve Bennett created some awesome TV series - but The Invisible Man wasn't one of them. Effects are very poor and wires are visible in many scenes making shirts stand up etc. Very weak overall.  This isn't much of a Blu-ray in my opinion. You aren't missing much - the transfer is a bigger disappointment than the series itself. Positively pass. 

Gary Tooze

June 12th, 2012


 

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 5000 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.

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