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Homeland - Season Four [3 Blu-rays]
(Lesli Linka Glatter, Keith Gordon, Michael Offer, Charlotte Sieling, Carl Franklin, Alex Graves, Seith Mann, Daniel Attias, Clark Johnson, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Teakwood Lane Productions
Video:20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 12 episodes (av. 0:52:29.980 per episode)
Disc 1 Size: 45,521,154,122 bytes
Average Episode Size: 11,762,749,440 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.49 Mbps
Case: Standard Thick Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: June 15th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3644 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3644 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
English (SDH), French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, none
1.5 minuterecaps for each episode (except the first)
• Homeland Profiles - "Peter Quinn - The Assassin" (6:03)
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Description: Crack CIA agent CARRIE MATHISON plays by her own rules when it comes to protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks. Her uncanny intuition, dogged determination, and gift for persuasion helped her identify Nicholas Brody as a terrorist and convert him to an ally. She also headed the operation to capture and kill al-Qaeda mastermind Abu Nazir, and turned the man responsible for the CIA bombing, Majid Javadi, into an invaluable U.S. asset. Along the way, she fell in love with Brody and became pregnant with his child, which made his arrest and execution that much more traumatic for her. Now with a baby to raise and a fast-tracked career as an overseas station chief, Carrie is forced to make difficult choices about the direction she wants her life to take. Meanwhile, SAUL BERENSON, Carrie's long-time, no-nonsense mentor, has been forced into retirement. Will he be able to stay in the intelligence game and keep tabs on his protégé while working for a private security firm in New York?
The Drone Queen
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Fox's Blu-ray package of the highly lauded series Homeland is as clean and crisp as you might imagine from a new HD-broadcast series. The 12 X 52-minute episodes are housed on three Blu-rays, 4 - per disc. The original aspect ratio of 1.78 is maintained. This is transferred on dual-layered discs with reasonable bitrates for the feature content per Blu-ray. There are plenty of diverse scenes in Homeland and the 1080P always tends to look very impressive. Detail is strong - notable in the many close-ups and I noted no noise in the darker scenes. It is, predictably, flawless.
NOTE: Not even listed in North America at the writing of this review, we suspect this will be the same transfer as, eventually, released worldwide with only some subtitle option differences. I ordered my copy from Amazon UK.
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Non-English dialogue subtitle sample
Fox use a very robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at a whopping 3644 kbps. The series has plenty of action and explosions and gunfire export immense depth while some crowd subtleties make there way to the rear speakers. The unique score is by Sean Callery known for 24 (2001), Bones (2005) and Medium (2005). It's memorable horn riffs are crisp and carry resonance in the lossless. There is a French language DUB (lossy) and subtitle options supporting that the three discs are region FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
As well as the recaps (in all but the first episode) we get, on the last BD, a Homeland Profile - "Peter Quinn - The Assassin with the actor portraying him, Rupert Friend, giving input on his character. It only runs about 6-minutes.
July 4th, 2015
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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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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