Tru Calling-Season 2 (2003)
Main Menu Introduction
Featurette-Tru Calling: Opposing Forces
|Year Of Production||2003|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Guy Norman Bee
Twentieth Century Fox
Eric Christian Olsen
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
And here we have the final 6 episodes of the whole series. The following is a breakdown of how each episode is presented in this set. My full review of the series can be found here.
1. Perfect Storm (42:29) 2. Grace (42:29)
3. In The Dark (42:31) 4. The Last Good Day (42:33)
5. Enough (42:28) 6. Twas The Night Before Christmas ... Again (42:34)
Cut down in its prime, these last few episodes showed how good the show really could be, opening up plenty of potential and then getting ingloriously axed. Still, some great watching here, even if we’ll never know the answer to so many questions posed...
The transfer quality of the second season is about the same as the first. The original aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced is once more preserved.
The picture is sharp if a little grainy. It never reduced into low-level noise, thankfully.
Colours are well saturated and nicely balanced.
There is some very minor background aliasing, but otherwise this is devoid of MPEG artefacts, film-to-video transfer artefacts and has considerably less in the way of film artefacts than its predecessor season.
The dual-layer pauses are in between the episodes.
Sound is mastered in English 2.0 Dolby Surround. This is a solid if unremarkable mix.
Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, with no noticeable audio sync faults.
The music gets a good mastering, with a theme that you find in your head well after the show, and a couple of well placed original tracks.
There is some decent use of the surrounds, particularly in The Perfect Storm, and a significant improvement here on the first season.
There was no subwoofer use.
|Surround Channel Use|
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.
Presented in 2.0 Dolby Stereo, 1.33:1 Full Frame with scenes from the show in 1.78:1 letterbox. Sadly, no exposition on the cancellation of this show.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
At the time of writing this review, the R1 version had not been released (it is scheduled for 15 November 2005). At this point, I am unable to confirm the content or the quality. Hopefully the R1 will have some more special features explaining the executives’ decision to cut this show short.
The incomplete second season set in motion a lot of story arcs that would never be paid off. I doubt this would work as a big-screen spectacle, so we are probably not going to see a Serenity-style rebirth here. Shame, though.
Video is decent, though still a little grainy.
The sound is a solid 2.0 Dolby Surround mix.
The extras are very light on this time around.
|DVD||Momitsu V880N Deluxe, using DVI output|
|Display||Sony 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 Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Digital Accoustics Emerald 703G - Centre, Front Left & Right, Rear Left & Right Satellites, Subwoofer|