Wynonna Earp-Series 1 (Blu-ray) (2016)

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Released 3-May-2017

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Western Fantasy None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2016
Running Time 560:44
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ron Murphy
Paolo Barzman
Brett Sullivan
Peter Stebbings
Studio
Distributor
Seven24 Films
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Melanie Scrofano
Shamier Anderson
Tim Rozon
Dominique Provost-Chalkley
Katherine Barrell
Michael Eklund
Greg Lawson
Rayisa Kondracki
David LeReaney
Joris Jarsky
Case ?
RPI ? Music Robert Carli
Peter Chapman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     A female gun slinging descendant of Wyatt Earp battling a bunch of resurrected outlaws forms the back bone of this series. At face value this hints at yet another ho-hum zombie fest but the use of interesting individual episode plots interwoven with a clever overall plot takes this series to a higher level. The entire first season is based in the modern day town of Purgatory, ancestral home of the legendary gun slinger Wyatt Earp and his descendants. Owing to the ‘Earp Curse’ the outlaws killed by Wyatt Earp are periodically resurrected as revenants. Despite having special powers the revenants are trapped in the ‘Ghost River Triangle’ where they cause murder and mayhem until they are sent back to hell by the rightful Earp heir using Wyatt’s gun ‘Peacemaker’.

     Melanie Scrofano plays the lead character Wynnona, the great granddaughter of Wyatt Earp, who returns to Purgatory after many years on the run from her own upbringing and the law. Once back in Purgatory Wynonna realises she is the only one who can use ‘Peacemaker’ to send the revenants back and avenge the murder of her father and older sister. In her quest she is aided by her younger sister Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), an ageless Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon), and Agent Dolls (Shamier Anderson) of the secret government agency known as Black Badge. Michael Eklund gives a great performance as Bobo Del Rey, leader of the revenants while special mention should also go to Rayisa Kondracki as the witch Constance Clootie.

     Great characterization of the protagonists (human and resurrected) combined with good acting and camera work definitely makes this series fun to watch. The writers have cleverly incorporated human attributes and emotions to the revenants in a way that sometimes leaves you feeling sorry for them (well... some of them). There is light humour throughout the series, however a couple of scenes would have been better without the humour. The ongoing character Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell) does not contribute to the main plot and seems to have been written into the script purely for the purpose of providing another love angle. All things said and done the plot wraps up nicely in the final episode of season one and introduces a last minute twist to keep viewers in anticipation of season two.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video transfer is good however there are some instances of aliasing throughout the entire series. Given the video is 1080p it seems likely the source material was interlaced. The aliasing was not frequent enough to cause continual distraction and in many cases the area of the screen affected was so small that most viewers would not notice. There were several instances of edge enhancement but again these were not sufficient to detract from the overall viewing experience.

     There are English for the hearing impaired subtitles available which are clear and easy to read although there is often a noticeable loss of resolution to the image behind the subtitles.

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Audio

     The audio is delivered via DTS HD-MA 5.1 and makes good use of the range of frequencies to provide an overall satisfactory experience. The surround channels are not used to create any mind blowing effects but this is no surprise given the show is a series produced for broadcast to homes rather than a blockbuster movie for cinemas.

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Extras

    There are no extras.

Menu

    The menu features music.

R4 vs R1

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    At the time of writting this review this series was only available in the U.S. via streaming.

Summary

     An entertaining mix of zombies, magic and old west characters set in modern times.

     The video quality is good.

     The audio quality is good.

     There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© David Graham
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Review Equipment
DVDLG BP530, using HDMI output
DisplayLG OLED65E6T. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderYamaha YHT-1810B. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationYamaha YHT-1810B
Speakersyamaha

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