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Harry [2 X Blu-ray]
(Peter Burger, Christopher Dudman, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Television: Desert Road Television
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 0:46:01.350 X 6 = 4-hours, 40-minutes)
Disc One Size: 32,848,190,491 bytes
Episode One Size: 10,673,117,184 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.06 Mbps
Chapters: 5 per episode
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 25th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1688 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1688 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), none
• Photo Gallery
Episode 1 Bitrate:
Description: Still grieving his wife's suicide, Detective
Harry Anglesea (Oscar Kightley, Samoan Wedding)
returns to Auckland's Major Crime Unit after bereavement
leave in his native Samoa. Although he's eager to jump back
into his job, his self-destructive behavior hints that he
may not be ready. HIs 13-year-old daughter, Mele, is even
less ready for life as usual and desperately needs her
father's attention. But Harry and his boss, DSS Jim "Stocks"
Stockton (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park), soon become engrossed
in a high-profile case.
Samoan-born, New Zealand-raised Harry Anglesea has been a policeman in
the New Zealand force for 16 years, and a detective for over 10.
Compared to his peers, Harry is somewhat of a maverick with a unique
insight into the psychology of criminals. He has always trusted his gut
instincts and reactions to people (good and bad), and his particular
skill of seeing all angles of a case sometimes brings unexpected
HARRY is a six-part crime drama series set in Auckland which follows the intense psychological journey of Detective Harry Anglesea (Oscar Knightley). It arrives on two dual-layered Blu-ray discs from Acorn Media who do a fair amount of British crime-related TV-to-DVD and this 1080P is just as competent. Each disc has 2-hours 20-minutes of content (3 X 45-minute episodes each of about 10.5 Gig a piece) and is transferred in the original 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Detail in close-ups can be impressive and overall it looks very consistent and viewable in-motion. There is a bit of natural softness and instances of depth - not the HD visuals of the year but clean and this Blu-ray supports the film with a clean, progressive presentation.
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A DTS-HD Master, 2.0 channel at 1688 Kbps. There are plenty instances of aggressive violence but it is usually quick and clean, and carries some punchy (no pun) depth. The score is by, relative newcomer, Karl Steven and sounds quite effective in keeping with the series' pacing. There are optional English subtitles, which is good as there are some accents (and uncommon phrases) and my Oppo Blu-ray player has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a photo gallery at the end of the second Blu-ray disc.
August 15th, 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 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.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze