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Quarry [3 Blu-rays]
(Greg Yaitanes and John Hillcoat, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: NightSky Productions
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 8 episodes (1:15:56.176 1st episode and 7X 0:55:27.504 episodes)
Disc 1 Size: 42,330,720,202 bytes
Premiere Episode Size: 15,590,160,384 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 14th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3340 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3340 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
DTS Audio English 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
English (SDH), French, Spanish, Dutch, none
• Audio Commentary for Episode 1, with Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, Episode 4 - with Jodi Balfour and Greg Yaitanes and Episode 8 - Greg Yaitanes, Kevin Koster, Patia Prouty, Richard Burden, P.J. Bloom aned Allen Marshall Palmer
• "Inside Quarry" (one for each episode average - 2:00)
• Deleted Scenes for Each Episode (3-4 minutes)
• Car Chase picture-in-picture (1:22)
• Behind the Scenes (6:46)
• Additional Scenes (15:11)
• Music Videos (56:15)
• Love Letters (1:21)
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Description: Set in and around Memphis during the early 1970s, Quarry is a thrilling action drama that centers on the character of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home from a second tour of duty in Vietnam, only to find himself stigmatized by his involvement in a highly publicized massacre while fighting abroad. With the relationship with his wife Joni growing tenuous, Mac finds himself tempted by a lucrative offer from The Broker, a shady criminal involved in a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. After a series of events Mac – whom The Broker codenames "Quarry" – finds himself conscripted against his better judgment into The Broker's crew, a turn of events that has dire consequences for both himself and Joni.
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Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
HBO's Blu-ray package the first (of only one?) season of the TV series Quarry is as clean and crisp as you might imagine from a new HD-broadcast series. The 8 X 52-minute episodes - 2ith a premiere at 1 hour 15-minutes - are housed on three, dual-layered, Blu-rays. 3 episodes on the first, two on the second and three on the third - with supplements on each disc. It is in the original aspect ratio of 1.78 and has a supportive bitrate. There are plenty of dark scenes in Quarry (dark topics) but the I saw no noise or compression artifacts. The brighter the scenes the more depth - which is common. Detail is strong, visuals, especially close-ups, are crisp. It is quite flawless and in 1080P.
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Excellent audio quality with a supportive and tight DTS-HD Master 5.1 track atpowerful 3340 kbps. There is plenty of action getting a tour of the surround speaker capabilities. Kris Dirksen's score helps support the time period and adds subtle tension throughout. Plus there is a lot of late 60's music by Otis Reading and others. Everything sounds pristine in lossless and there is depth and balance with clear dialogue. There are foreign-language DUBs and subtitle options signifying the three discs as being region FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Part of the significant value here are the supplements. There are audio commentaries for three episodes - the first has Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, Episode 4 - with Jodi Balfour and Greg Yaitanes and Episode 8 has Greg Yaitanes, Kevin Koster, Patia Prouty, Richard Burden, P.J. Bloom and Allen Marshall Palmer. These are good dealing mostly with production-related information. I would have loved to hear from the author Max Allan Collins - we used to speak regularly in email many years ago (remember me Max?) There are short descriptions entitled "Inside Quarry" for each episode running around 2-minutes apiece. There are also deleted scenes for each episode, other tidbits like a 'Car Chase' picture-in-picture and a focus non the Love Letters written while in Vietnam, some behind the scenes and additional scenes footage but what some may enjoy are the music videos - almost an hour's worth.
January 30th, 2017
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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