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The Missing [Blu-ray]
(Tom Shankland, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Broadcast: Starz Entertainment / BBC
Video: Anchor Bay
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 59:20 X 8 episodes (4 per disc)
Disc One Size: 46,921,832,377 bytes
Disc Two Size: 48,644,638,378 bytes
Average Episode Size: 11,827,587,072 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.82 Mbps
Chapters: 8 X 8
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcacse
Release date: April 14th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080i / 29.970 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 2829 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2829 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
English (SDH), Spanish, none
•Time Changes All (2:02)
• Transformations (1:59)
• Behind the Scenes (2:32)
Sample Episode Bitrate:
Description: When five year-old Oliver Hughes disappears while on holiday in France, it sets off a nearly decade-long search for his whereabouts. “The Missing,” a STARZ Limited Series, is a dramatic thriller that takes you inside the mind of a father, Tony (played by James Nesbitt of The Hobbit trilogy and Jekyll), desperate to locate his lost son. With help from a legendary detective (played by Tchéky Karyo of Goldeneye and The Patriot), Tony embarks on an obsessive quest to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance. A gripping puzzle with twists and turns at every stage, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his relationship with his wife, Emily (played by Frances O’Connor of “Mr. Selfridge" and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), and threatens to destroy his life. Told through a complex narrative, “The Missing” unfolds over two time frames simultaneously.
Imperiled children have been central to other dark, quality cable series
of late, including "The Killing," "Top
of the Lake" and "Broadchurch." It does give a story a
certain weight and heat. After having lived through so many murder
mysteries, police procedurals and slasher films, what's one more
grown-up murdered or missing? We carry on. A child victim shocks us back
to attention, shifts the ground under our feet, etches loss with acid.
But it’s that way with almost every character in the series: Those whose
eyes you happen to be looking through seem to reveal the world as it is,
or ought to be, but only at that moment. When you first see Emily circa
2014 and realize just how much her circumstances have changed since 2006
— and what probably needed to happen in order to change them — you
identify with her, and see Tony’s mission as one of denial
transmogrified into distracting madness.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Firstly, The Missing was one of the best mini-series I have ever had the pleasure of watching. A wonderfully produced series leading you onto the next clue in an intelligently conceived manner. It is more like a long film. This package is actually 2 dual-layered Blu-rays (50i) with four, hour-long, episodes on each disc. The interlacing is how the series was broadcast and doesn't negatively impact the presentation and I saw no 'trailing' or artifacts associated with it not being progressive. The bitrate is modest but the quality, and Ole Bratt Birkeland's cinematography, has impressive moments. Close-ups show solid detail and the use of the locations moving from the time periods (2006 / 2009 / 2014), is striking in the 1.78:1 frame. It's, predictably, very clean showcasing solid colors and layered contrast. This Blu-ray probably looks exactly how is appeared when broadcast in the fall of 2014. It doesn't have any unforgivable flaws and the visuals are consistent and satisfying although not a premium levels.
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Audio in the series is via a competent Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track at 2829 kbps. It is quite strong with many deft and subtle separations. The score is by Dominik Scherrer and the show's 'theme' is excellent and the surrounding music supports the suspense and mystery of the narrative. Reasonably clean and crisp. There are optional English or Spanish subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' - locked (and the the UK edition is region 'B').
All the supplements are on the second Blu-ray. We get three short featurettes with some interviews with the creators, producers and a couple of the performers. Nothing more than long trailer/commercials. Unfortunately, nothing in-depth about the series.
NOTE: The disc is packaged (Blu-ray 1 on the left under a leaflet and Blu-ray 2 on the right) in such a way as you may accidentally start with disc 2 if you don't remove the flyer.
April 11th, 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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