Tru Calling-Season 1: Part 2 (2003)

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Released 9-Aug-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Main Menu Introduction
Menu Audio
Audio Commentary-Filmmakers' And Actors - Daddy's Girl, Two Pair
Audio Commentary-Filmmakers' And Actors - Two Weddings And A Funeral
Deleted Scenes-With Optional Commentary
Featurette-Finding The Calling: The Pilot
Featurette-The Tru Path: Season One
Featurette-Evil Comes Calling: A Late Season Twist
Music Video-"Somebody Help Me" By Full Blown Rose
Trailer-Arrested Development Promo
Easter Egg-Zach Galifianakis' Audition
Web Links
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 339:39
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Bryan Spicer
David Barrett
Guy Norman Bee
Sanford Bookstaver
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Eliza Dushku
Shawn Reaves
Zach Galifianakis
A.J. Cook
Jessica Collins
Benjamín Benítez
Matthew Bomer
Jason Priestley
Liz Vassey
Cotter Smith
Eric Christian Olsen
Lizzy Caplan
Parry Shen
Case ?
RPI $49.95 Music Robert Duncan
Jon Ehrlich
Avril Lavigne


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
Swedish
English Audio Commentary
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Picking up from the first half of season 1, here we have the remaining 8 episodes of the first season. The following is a breakdown of how each episode is presented in this set. My full review of the series can be found here

Season 1: Part Two

Disc 4

    13. Drop Dead Gorgeous (42:00)     14. Daddy’s Girl (42:29)

    15. The Getaway (42:01)

Disc 5

    16. Two Pair (42:29)     17. Death Becomes Her (42:29)

    18. Rear Window (42:15)

Disc 6

    19. D.O.A. (42:30)     20. Two Weddings And A Funeral (42:28)

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer quality of this, the second half of the first season is the same as the first. The transfer preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    The graininess of the first half of the season is still present here. Colour is still very well saturated, and nicely balanced, but lacking the gloss of more recent cinema transfers.

    Again, there is only minimal background aliasing here. There are no MPEG artefacts, or any other film-to-video transfer artefacts.

    There are still a few film artefacts.

    Subtitles are available in English for the Hearing Impaired and Swedish. They appear as white with a grey border and are easy to read. The English for the Hearing Impaired track follows the dialogue pretty closely.

    The dual-layer pause is in between the episodes, even where there are only 3 episodes per disc.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio is limited to a fairly stock-standard English 2.0 Dolby Surround track encoded at 192Kb/s, and is (unsurprisingly) identical in quality to the audio for part one of season one.

    Dialogue is excellent, with great clarity and no detectable sync faults.

    Given its 2.0 Surround nature, the sound is almost entirely front driven, with minimal noise from the rears, and no real enveloping surround presence.

    The range, however, is very good, and the front driven field has plenty of fidelity – enough to upset my neighbours on several occasions, particularly the music which has a very engrossing rhythm.

    There is some redirection here to the subwoofer, but that is largely due to my set up. There is no independent signal going to the sub.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menus

    All menus are 16x9 enhanced. They are static shots of a character in a pose. The main menus have the theme playing in 2.0 Dolby Stereo.

Episode Audio Commentaries

    There are audio commentaries on the following episodes. Each commentary is presented in English 2.0 Dolby Surround, encoded at 192Kb/s.

Deleted Scenes

    There are deleted scenes for the following episodes. Each deleted scene is presented in 1.78:1, non-16x9 enhanced, English 2.0 Dolby Stereo with optional commentary.

Disc 6

    The following special features are available on Disc 6:

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    From what I can tell, the R1 and R4 releases are identical in context (barring the region coding and the picture format) except that the R1 release is a 6 disc set encompassing the whole first season in one go, rather than splitting it down the middle.

    As for picture quality, without a direct comparison it is hard to tell. Certainly, a lot of R1 transfers have been trumping R4 transfers in picture quality as of late (at least in my experience). But if someone out there knows more than I do about the audio/visual quality of the R1 release, and has comparable equipment, please let me know your thoughts.

Summary

    The second half of the first season really does pick the show up a notch with the introduction of Jason Priestley’s character.

    Video is pretty good, though a little grainy.

    The sound is a decent 2.0 Dolby Surround mix.

    The extras are pretty good for a series that got cancelled so early on in its run.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Edward McKenzie (I am Jack's raging bio...)
Monday, October 17, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDMomitsu V880N Deluxe, using DVI output
DisplaySony VPL-HS50 LCD Cineza Projector with HP 80" Widescreen (16:9) HDTV Mobile Projector Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationMarantz SR7000
SpeakersDigital Accoustics Emerald 703G - Centre, Front Left & Right, Rear Left & Right Satellites, Subwoofer

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R1 v R2 v R4 - Tony R (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Re: R1 v R2 v R4 - Tony Rogers - Chris