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Sanctuary: The Complete First Season Blu-ray

United States
Entertainment One | 2009 | Season 1 | 585 min | Jun 15, 2010

Sanctuary: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

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Four-disc set (4 BDs)

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Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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Sanctuary: The Complete First Season

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Sanctuary: The Complete First Season Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

Dr. Helen Magnus is a beautiful and enigmatic scientist who seeks out all manner of monstrous creatures. Aided by her protege, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman, and her fearless daughter Ashley, the Sanctuary team tracks down, studies and protects the strange and often terrifying creatures that secretly populate our world.

For more about Sanctuary: The Complete First Season and the Sanctuary: The Complete First Season Blu-ray release, see Sanctuary: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Agam Darshi, Ryan Robbins, Christopher Heyerdahl

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Sanctuary: The Complete First Season Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec (at an average bitrate of 33Mbps), Sanctuary: Season One offers a mixed bag of highs and lows in the transition to Blu-ray. Considering the film was shot using the all-digital RED camera technology (at a reported resolution four times that of Blu-ray), I was taken aback by the volume of hazy shots that crop up from scene to scene. A perfect example of what I'm referring to can be found approximately six minutes into episode three, when Will and Dr. Magnus are chatting in her laboratory. During that scene, fine object detail takes a tremendous hit, offering only marginal gains over your typical standard definition offering. As bad as that sounds, the very next scene exhibits a complete 180 degree turnaround, revealing excellent texturing within both the foreground and the background. These wild swings in detail don't appear to be a result of shoddy craftsmanship in the completion of the transfer, but rather an unfortunate byproduct of the extensive green screen editing. I'm sure the digital effects surrounding the characters were often difficult to blend seamlessly, so it's not a huge surprise to find a fair bit of softening from time to time. If that were the only issue with the transfer, I'd probably have scored this a bit higher on visual competency (after all, we can't fault the transfer for issues with the source material), but there's also the noticeable presence of aliasing (movement not found within the source elements) that sensitive viewers will likely find distracting. Focusing on the same soft scene mentioned earlier, take a look at one of the metal poles holding the IV bag next to Magnus and you'll notice unnatural movement in the reflection on surface of the metal. Fortunately, the negative aspects of the transfer end here, and we're able to turn our attention to the more enjoyable elements. First up, the coloring of the series is quite vivid, containing a wide range of complex hues that appear to surpass what I recall of the original cable broadcast. Second, contrast rarely demonstrates a hint of weakness, despite the overly dark nature of the series. One of my primary concerns going into this review rested on the strength of shadow detail and black levels (considering the number of dark scenes), but I'm pleased to report those fears quickly subsided.

In case my visual assessment sounded overly harsh, I should qualify my statements by making it abundantly clear this is an ambitious special effects undertaking, and a real joy to watch on Blu-ray. Is it perfect in every way? Certainly not, but the shortcomings in the video department are hardly a deal-breaker when it comes to an appreciation of the series as a whole.


Sanctuary: The Complete First Season Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

E1 Entertainment delivers a surprisingly robust lossless surround track considering the modest roots of the series. For those who first discovered Sanctuary during its initial cable television run, the audio portion of the technical presentation on this Blu-ray release adds a tremendous sense of atmosphere that seemed lacking on earlier viewings. Keep in mind, this is a series that moves beyond the boundaries of what's feasible in the real world, taking viewers through various locations that span the globe (courtesy of ingenious set design and green screen backgrounds), so adding in an immersive audio experience further transports the viewer into each foreign environment. To further clarify what I'm getting at, during one episode we're stuck in a claustrophobic airplane cabin in the middle of a blizzard, while the next features tiny furballs travelling through the ventilation shafts of the Sanctuary. The key here is always mixing things up to deliver an audio presentation that never feels mundane. In addition to the excellent use of the surround field throughout the initial season we're also afforded enhanced clarity and precise volume balance across the mix. I never noticed instances where the music overwhelms other elements, and likewise, never found myself reaching for the remote to compensate for low dialog levels. All in all, this is a job well done.


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E1 Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of Sanctuary: The Complete First Season and Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season for release on Blu-ray on June 15. This supernatural-themed TV series, which began life online as a webisode miniseries and subsequently ...


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