Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Crash: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Disc 1 (42.2 GB)
Disc 2 (42.4 GB)
Disc 3 (39.5 GB)
Disc 4 (16.0 GB)
Region: A

Crash: Season One comes to Blu-ray with 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentations for each episode. The release is presented accurately, with the same gritty and grainy look it had when broadcast. This one is definitely hard to judge, as the transfer itself seems to be fine. The look of the show itself is what is not so beautiful, and how it was shot didn't help either. The type of shots they use for the show can be slightly out of focus, adding even more loss to potential detail in the picture.

Colors were drained overall, most likely to create a unique look and style for the show. It just felt flat and quite lifeless, mix that with the gritty and grainy look and we have a very ugly high-def video presentation. Sure detail is there, but often times it leaves you wishing for more. 6/10.

5.1 Dolby Digital audio is included, despite the packaging being listed as Dolby TrueHD. This is very upsetting as consumers will purchase thinking a high-def audio format is provided for the episodes, when in actuality there is none. I can understand announcing a track as Dolby Digital, as it's not misleading at all. But being announced as Dolby TrueHD and listing it on the actual package is very unprofessional and it loses points for that alone.

The mixes are also not that great to begin with, the direction in the tracks are completely off. Rather than being immersive to the show, it makes you wonder why certain sounds are coming out of certain speakers, when they should have been placed elsewhere. Dialogue was fine, it was probably the best thing about the audio. 5/10.


Disc 1:

Character Arc
Thanks to seamless branching, you can select a character's name and view only their story throughout the season. Ben, Anthony, Kenny, Inez

Disc 2:

Character Arc

Disc 3:

Character Arc

Disc 4:

Character Arc

Behind The Scenes Of Crash (19:25) (HD)
Behind-the-scenes of the show, the idea of adapting a film into a television series.

Episode 13 alternate ending (3:39) (SD)

Character Bios (HD)
Nine character bios are included, and are all presented in high-definition. The actor of each character introduces themselves and discusses the character briefly.

Crash Season 2 Promo (:17) (HD)
A very quick teaser, showing about 7 seconds of actual footage.

Blu-news Summary
I will be honest and say I wasn't a big fan of Crash, regardless I went into the show with an open and clear mind, disregarding my dislike for the film Crash. The show pretty much felt like the film, not really expanding far from it at all. If your a fan of the film you may enjoy the series, but if you disliked the film there's really not much different from it.

The Blu-ray release is disappointing, while the video isn't pretty at all, it's not faulty, just unimpressive. The audio is extremely upsetting, how did quality control miss such a big and misleading issue? The bonus features are quite cool though, Character Arc is a creative idea and made possible thanks to Blu-ray technology. Ultimately this release is 'DEFINITELY For Fans Only.'

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