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The Hour Blu-ray

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Season 1 BBC | 2011 | Season 1 | 360 min | Not rated | Sep 27, 2011

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Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

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English: LPCM 2.0

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Extras 2.0 of 52.0
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The Hour

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The Hour Blu-ray delivers stunning video and solid audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news program.

For more about The Hour and the The Hour Blu-ray release, see the The Hour Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor, Oona Castilla Chaplin, Julian Rhind-Tutt

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The Hour Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Season One of The Hour was shot by Chris Seager, the same cinematographer who shot the Fifties period drama Call the Midwife, which was also a BBC production. According to IMDb, Seager used the same Arriflex D-21 digital camera for The Hour, which would make sense, since most BBC productions are now digitally acquired. A comparison between the imagery of the two productions is instructive, because it shows how a cinematographer adapts his lighting to the needs of the story. Where Call the Midwife had the faded look of memories and scrapbooks, The Hour presents a bright and vivid image, even when dealing with matters shrouded in mystery. The goal is to make the viewer feel part of what is happening now, no doubt aping what a show like The Hour tried to do in an era when seeing TV in the home was still a novel experience.

As with other digitally originated material, BBC has encoded The Hour for Blu-ray at 1080i, but the interlaced format is not apparent to the eye until one freeze-frames. In motion, the interlacing is not evident and does not generate visible artifacts. The image on these AVC-encoded Blu-rays is sharply detailed, revealing all of the fine patterns in the impeccably chosen wardrobe (discussed in detail in the extras) and the elaborate decor of locations like the Sherwin household and the Elms estate. Blacks are deep, which is essential for scenes involving multiple tuxedos, and contrast isn't overstated, which is especially important on the set for "The Hour", which involves a lot of light gray backgrounds. The color palette doesn't seem to be "muted" so much as limited, because the production design has been carefully controlled to limit the number of colors in a scene as much as possible. Consistent with the era in television, this is a simple, less colorful world. What colors there are, though, are sufficiently saturated to make an impression.


The Hour Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

As is typical of BBC productions, The Hour has a stereo track, which is provided as PCM 2.0. It delivers the dialogue and essential sound effects clearly. Its limitations in surround ambiance can be observed in episode 5, where the team takes to the streets to record protests; despite the frenetic activity, the sound remains mostly in front, even when the track is played through a surround decoder. Still, the episode is plenty effective without the sounds of crowds and galloping horses running through the rear speakers. The atmospheric score is by Daniel Giorgetti.


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