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The Hour Season 2 Blu-ray

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BBC | 2012 | Season 2 | 360 min | Not rated | Jan 08, 2013

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (19.94 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

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English SDH

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

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The Hour Season 2

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The Hour Season 2 Blu-ray delivers stunning video and bad audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

In the second season of this behind-the-scenes British series about the early days of TV journalism, an investigation focuses on the mix of celebrity, sex and politics in the era of Cold War diplomacy.

For more about The Hour Season 2 and the The Hour Season 2 Blu-ray release, see the The Hour Season 2 Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

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

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The Hour Season 2 Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Hour acquired a new cinematographer in Season 2, David Luther, and the Blu-ray discs from BBC acquired a new format, in that they have been AVC-encoded at 1080p instead of 1080i. Whether these two changes are connected is something I could not determine. As noted in my Season 1 review, 1080p encoding in British TV releases usually indicates origination on film, but there is nothing to indicate that The Hour changed its shooting format between seasons.

Regardless of the shooting format, the image on these discs is every bit as sharply detailed as the image for Season 1, with equally deep blacks and appropriate contrast levels. What is different in Season 2 is the palette, which is significantly more varied and saturated, making room for the flushed hues of the nightlife at El Paradis as well as the candy-colored surfaces of Marnie Madden's cooking show, which appears ahead of its time in its Sixties-style decor. The grimy Soho backstreets and the subdued offices at "The Hour" retain the muted color scheme familiar from Season 1, but overall Season 2 presents a more intriguing and varied feast for the eye. Video noise is almost wholly absent, and artifacts of any kind were nowhere to be seen.


The Hour Season 2 Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  1.5 of 5

For Season 2 of The Hour, its stereo soundtrack has been supplied as DTS-HD MA 2.0 (as compared to Season 1's PCM)—and something went wrong with the mastering of several episodes. On most stereo tracks, whether or not they are specifically encoded for surround, playback through an advanced decoding system such as DPL IIx reliably anchors voices to the center and spreads effects and music across the front soundstage and, depending on the track, to the surrounds. This is the case on episodes 1, 2 and 4, although the degree of surround ambiance is limited by the original mix.

On episodes 3 and 5, however, there is some sort of phase error in the mix that causes the surround decoder to shift voices back and forth between the center speaker and the surrounds. It's a huge distraction, and I recommend watching these episodes in simple stereo, with all surround decoding switched off. (Indeed, I cannot report whether this problem affects episode 6, because by that time I had switched to stereo and forgot to re-engage the surround decoding.)

On those episodes where the mix is correctly in phase—on those where it isn't, in basic stereo mode—the dialogue is clearly recorded, and the incidental music by Kevin Sargent (The Last Days of Lehman Brothers) is effective in setting the appropriate tone, particularly for those episodes that end with montages of the various characters in their separate situations.


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