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Stranger Things - Season One [Blu-ray]


(Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, 2016)



Review by Gary Tooze



Broadcast: NetFlix

Video: NetFlix



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 3:22:15.289 + 3:12:43.134 (8 episodes X 0:50:51.256 minutes) 

Disc One Size: 49,245,249,064 bytes

Disc Two Size: 46,284,737,750 bytes

Disc One Episodes: 48,077,445,120 bytes / 45,868,929,024 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.99 Mbps

Chapters: 46 + 42

Case: See below

Release date: November, 2017



Aspect ratio: 2.00:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



Dolby TrueHD Audio English 3051 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3051 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -7dB)
Descriptive Audio:

Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB



English, None



Trailer for The Defenders (2:24)
Trailer for Stranger Things 2 (2:50)

2 DVDs



1) Blu-ray  Disc One  TOP  

2) Blu-ray  Disc Two -  BOTTOM




Description: Hop on your bike, grab some waffles and get ready to save Will and Barb with the Stranger Things Season 1 Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray / DVD Box Set. The ‘80s are alive and well in this special edition of your favorite binge-worthy show, coming in a VHS-style box containing two Blu-rays two DVDs. Whether you want to enjoy one episode at a time or you’re ready to finish them all in one sitting, this Stranger Things box set will have you ready to take a trip to the Upside Down. Stranger Things Season 1 has been one of the biggest breakout shows in recent memory. When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.



The Film:

Netflix’s Stranger Things furthers contemporary pop culture’s ongoing efforts to mine the entertainment of the 1980s and ’90s for the comforting tropes of yesteryear, divorcing them from their original political and domestic resonances. The series takes seemingly everything to which Steven Spielberg and Stephen King have signed their respective names, particularly E.T., Poltergeist, The Goonies, Firestarter, The Talisman, It, and The Langoliers, throws them in a blender with portions of Alien and A Nightmare on Elm Street, then hits puree.

Excerpt from Slant Magazine located HERE



You could argue that Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was the spiritual sequel to “E.T.,” a scavenged-together pastiche of Spielbergian sci-fi laced with 1980s horror themes. Like “E.T.,” it seemed like a complete work that didn’t need a follow-up. But it got one anyway.

The good news is, “Stranger Things 2” — it’s called that, like a movie rather than a season of TV — is no “Nocturnal Fears.” It does no harm. It doesn’t betray the spirit of the first outing. But is it stranger? It’s mostly — though enjoyably — familiar.

The first season, set in 1983, was a delightful surprise because it was more than the sum of its callbacks. Yes, it involved a bike-riding team of nerd-boys, who rescued their friend Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) from the “Upside Down,” a monster-filled parallel dimension. Yes, there was a pint-size being with mysterious powers — the telepath Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). Yes, it cast ’80s stars Matthew Modine and Winona Ryder (as Will’s anguished mother, Joyce).

Excerpt from TheNYTimes located HERE

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

The Netflix Blu-ray boxset for Season One of Stranger Things has two dual-layered BD discs and 2, slightly more hidden, DVDs. The transfer is adept with a supportive bitrate. It looks flawless in 1080P shot with a RED Epic Dragon. There is depth, bright true colors and no noise or digitization. It is pristinely clean in the 2.0:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray gave me an excellent viewing in regards to the picture quality.


NOTE: This was first listed as a Target Exclusive as well as in 4K UHD HERE




















Audio :

Netflix use a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround channel track at 3051 kbps (24-bit) in the English language. There are plenty of effects and sneaky separations. The show's score is by the pairing of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (half of the Austin band S U R V I V E). It adds a wonderfully subtle atmosphere of mystery and sounds supportive via the lossless. There is an optional 'descriptive audio' track and English subtitles offered (see sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' Blu-ray set - despite the discs having 'ABC' printed on them.


Extras :

Only trailers for The Defenders and Stranger Things 2. There are two DVDs included.


NOTE: James tells us in FB: "Should be noted that the start-up trailers not skippable, No fast forward, no chapter skip. So stupidly you MUST watch the trailer for "Stranger Things Season 2" before you can watch any of season 1. Worst authoring decision of the year."



Firstly, Stranger Things is great fun... and all at once, creepy, adventurous, nostalgic and, yes, Spielberg-ian. It reminds me of something between X-Files and J.J. Abrams , Spielberg-produced, Super 8. It's story arcs and continuation/cliff hangers are very appealing. This, bare-bones, Blu-ray set gets the whole 6.5 hours worth of Season One in stellar 1080P. It's not hard to see why the series is so overwhelmingly popular. The VHS-style packaging is very cool - perhaps the most suitable and unique of the year - and there isn't much to dislike here... fabulous entertainment that we can very strongly recommend! 

Gary Tooze

December 20th, 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.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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