Tudors, The-Complete Fourth Season: The Final Seduction (Blu-ray) (2010)

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Released 24-Nov-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category TV Drama Series Main Menu Audio & Animation
Featurette-3
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 515:18 (Case: 514)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ciaran Donnelly
Jeremy Podeswa
Dearbhla Walsh
Steve Shill
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Joss Stone
Tamzin Merchant
Joely Richardson
Torrance Coombs
David O'Hara
Case ?
RPI $69.95 Music Trevor Morris


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 No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Hindi
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     The quality of television series being produced has jumped markedly over the last few years with such shows as Mad Men, Dexter, True Blood, Modern Family, Outnumbered and many more gracing television and digital discs. This series, The Tudors, is no exception being a fascinating, dramatic and very well produced series about the life and times of King Henry VIII. It is not a dry history lesson but rather it is a very lively, sexy and dramatic series featuring great acting and wonderful production values close in style to series like Charles II.

     This 3 Blu-ray set contains the 10 episodes of the final season of this show which follows Henry's (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) reign from the crowning of Catherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant) through to his death, covering her affairs, her execution, the war with France, his last marriage to Catherine Parr (Joely Richardson), ongoing reformation and anti-heretic investigations and lots of other intrigues, dramas and affairs. His relationship, post marriage, with Anne of Cleves (Joss Stone) is also covered. Other new characters in this season include the Earl of Surrey (David O'Hara), a nobleman with a chip on his shoulder, and Thomas Culpepper (Torrance Coombs), the King's groom.

     This is another excellent season for this very entertaining and interesting show which revolves around an incredibly good performance by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, which is, I believe, a career defining performance for him. The rest of the cast provide excellent support to his pivotal role and this is added to by the quality of the writing, which takes the history and fills in the gaps with creative license or guesses about what might have gone on. Costumes and locations and sets used are also great parts of the show as is the wonderful score and theme tune by Trevor Morris.

     A marvellous and highly recommended television series based on the life of Henry VIII.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video quality is excellent. The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p native widescreen encoded with the AVC codec.

     The picture was very clear and sharp throughout with lots of detail. Outdoor scenes especially highlight the benefits of Blu-ray. The shadow detail was also excellent, although some scenes are a little murky driven by the naturalistic lighting which would have been in place during Tudor England. The colour was excellent with no colour artefacts. There were no noticeable artefacts.

     There are subtitles in English, English for the Hearing Impaired & Hindi which are clear and easy to read.

     There is no noticeable layer change during the program.

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Audio

     The audio quality is also excellent and a huge improvement on the DVD version. This Blu-ray contains an English DTS HD-MA 5.1 soundtrack.

     Dialogue was clear and easy to hear at all times, which is a big step up from the DVDs I have of previous seasons where the dialogue was hard to hear and subtitles were usually required. The subtitles are not required if you have normal hearing here.

     The score by Trevor Morris is excellent adding significantly to this series. It sounds excellent and immersive on this disc.

     The surround speakers were used constantly for music, atmosphere and battle scenes. The subwoofer is also well used supporting music, battle scenes, cannon & horses.

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Extras

Menu

     The menu is exactly the same on each disc meaning that you often get the message 'See Disc 3 for more'. It contains motion and music. Subtitles are available on the extras which have 2.0 sound but are in HD.

BD-Live

     These discs are BD Live connected however there doesn't seem to be any specific Tudors content.

Illicit Affairs - Secret Romance in Henry's Court (13:05)

     A variety of historians discuss the true stories of affairs and double standards for sexuality in Tudor England. Interesting featurette which covers Culpepper, Catherine Howard, Anne of Cleves, Henry's lasciviousness and other related topics.

The Tudors after Henry - The Royal Children of Henry VIII (12:52)

     A variety of historians discuss what happened to Henry's children after his death including all three of them reigning as England's monarch for some time. Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth's reigns are all covered but not in detail. Not bad.

Farewell to the King - Michael Hirst on The Tudors Finale (6:42)

     The series creator and writer, Michael Hirst discusses the approach taken to the final episode and how he wanted to end the series. Interesting stuff.

R4 vs R1

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

    This series is also available on Blu-ray in Region A however I cannot find any reviews of it to date or any specifications. So at the moment Region B wins.

Summary

     A wonderful conclusion to a great television series.

     The video quality is excellent. The audio quality is excellent. The extras are quality rather than quantity.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 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 DecoderBuilt into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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