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Stranger Things - Season One [Blu-ray]
(Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, 2016)
Review by Gary Tooze
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)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
• Trailer for The Defenders (2:24)
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.
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.
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
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.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
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.
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."
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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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