Foyle's War-The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) (2002)
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Dual Disc Set
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English DTS HD Master Audio 2.0
English Dolby TrueHD 2.0
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The video quality is an improvement over the DVDs but certainly not the best transfer you will see on Blu-ray.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is encoded using the MPEG4 AVC codec. According to the Icon website it has been upscaled to 1080i.
The picture was fairly clear and sharp throughout without being crisp. Outdoor scenes looked the best from a sharpness and clarity perspective. Shadow detail is better than the DVDs (which were poor) but certainly nothing special. The picture exhibited regular grain especially in shadows.
The colour was very good accurately representing the fairly dull wartime colour scheme of khakis, greys and browns.
There were some white spots here and there and some edge enhancement. There was some motion blur during fast movement possibly due to the interlaced transfer.
There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired. They are in multiple colours and aligned to the character speaking. This is a significant step up from the DVDs which did not have subtitles.
The audio quality is very good and a huge improvement on the DVDs.
This DVDs contain two audio options, an English DTS HD-MA 2.0 stereo soundtrack and an English Dolby Digital TrueHD 2.0 stereo soundtrack. The DTS is the pick of the soundtracks being fuller and richer than the Dolby Digital. Both are significantly better than the DVD.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout, significantly better than the DVD.
The score of this series is by Jim Parker and includes a nicely done theme plus some other incidental music. The music really leaps out on the Blu-ray when compared to the DVD.
The surround speakers are not used.
The subwoofer adds some bass to the music, however this is a function of bass management rather than the soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is still and silent, allowing for episode selection and setup.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Currently our local Region B release is the only one available globally of this series. Unfortunately, I cannot be certain of the Region Coding of the discs other than that they work in a Region B player.
The video quality is an improvement over the DVD but still not without issues. The audio quality is very good, significantly better than the DVDs.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|