Being Human – Season One (2009/BBC Blu-ray Set)
Picture: B- Sound: C+ Extras: C Episodes: C
It sounds like a good idea, if an odd
one. A man named Mitchell is a vampire
and he becomes roommates with George, who happens to be a werewolf. So starts the set-up for Being Human, which could have been a smart British TV take on the
dreadful Underworld films, but the
show also throws in Annie, who literally haunts them both because she is a
ghost and does not know who she died.
That immediately sounds like the British TV hit Randall & Hopkirk: Deceased, but this mishmash of ideas and
genres is all over the place.
One introduces their plights, characters and sets things up for
what turns out to be six surprisingly
predictable, tired and uninspired episodes.
I was hoping the makers would at least have some energy and be fun, but
this is too much soap opera and not enough substance. The new actors even have previous genre
experience, but the haunted version of The
IT Crowd this is not. Too bad
because this could have worked and has actually lasted three seasons, so no
wonder there is serious talk about reviving Randall & Hopkirk: Deceased.
So it is a formula show and it shows. The casting of Lenora Crichlow, Aidan Turner
and Russell Tovey is interesting and they deserve some credit for the show’s
success, but I was not impressed.
The 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image also
lacked impressive visuals, could be too soft too often and even had some Video
Black issues. Color is styled down and
this has the same boring look as most such shows since X-Files. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is a lossy set
of mixes that do not impress. The lack
of a lossless option is a shame and might have helped. Extras include text character profiles, Deleted
Scenes, Interview with creator Toby Whitehouse, Video Diaries and a few behind
the scenes featurettes.