Of Thrones 4K: The Complete Collection
(2011 - 2019/4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Box/*both HBO/Warner)/Killing
Eve: Season 3
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: C/X/B+/C+ Sound: C+/B+/B+/B-
Extras: D/B+/A-/C Main Programs: B-/B+/B+/C+
up is a mix of TV programs, a feature film and adventure mostly set
in the past...
many films and TV shows have been done on the historic title figure,
I can see why HBO would make a new Catherine
(2019) program, which is what you do when you have a decent script
and get no less than Helen Mirren to play the title role. Catherine
has shown up in so many productions, including lately and not all
have been good. This is one of the better ones.
production has some money in it and Jason Clarke becomes her opposer
over the four episodes we get here that are good without being
pretentious or overdone. I have to admit that we have been getting
swamped with these costumers, whether fantasy genre entries or
historical, but I will say this one does not try so hard to deal with
her adult life and history. The look of the shows was nothing
extraordinary, but the performances are solid and the supporting cast
is just fine.
Martin directed the entire mini-series, something that is actually
unusual these days, so that in itself is of note, but Mirren carries
this well and those interested should check it out.
are sadly no extras.
add to its elaborate Blu-ray editions, then its upgraded Dolby Atmos
Blu-rays and the bookending seasons having already being issued in
4K, another landmark. Game
Of Thrones 4K: The Complete Collection
(2011 - 2019) is the first TV show of any kind to get the 4K
treatment in its entirety, meaning it had to be finished and off the
air for good, but few TV shows are still not in 4K yet despite the
many that qualify.
show established a new series of stars (even when some left, then
went onto more success like Jason Momoa) and showed its exceptional
taste by having some of the greatest British actors of all time in
its cast like Charles Dance, Julian Glover, Peter Vaughn and Jonathan
Pryce among them.
have covered all eight seasons, sometimes on more than one version,
tried not to spoil anything and HBO (as they often have anyhow) went
out of their way to offer the best possible sets on the market for
any TV show. Here are the Seasons as we covered them in the past...
with Dolby Atmos upgrade
with Dolby Atmos upgrade
on the tech playback below, but even non-fans (like myself) can
appreciate how well made this was (despite complaints about the
conclusion) and is far and above one of the best fantasy TV shows of
all time, like it or not. For me however, the real late highlight
was what turned out to be one last great stand of many for one of my
all-time favorite actors of all time, international star Diana Rigg.
Passing away as we were working on this set, as Lady Olenna Tyrell.
18 episodes, she shook up a show that already seemed set on its
course, throwing it another curve ball and stunning audiences
worldwide. It has been a long time since I had so many people so
impressed and ask me 'who is that actress?' as they did on this case,
but it amounted to one final triumph for Rigg and the show. Glad she
got one last great moment in the sun. I dare say she may have
extended the show's life, but fans might say otherwise.
repeat from the original releases, plus extras from the pre-4K
Complete set, including...
of Thrones: Reunion Special:
A two-part reunion show shot live in Belfast with the cast, both past
and present, hosted by Conan O'Brien and available exclusively on
these complete series collections. The reunion special is assembled
in segments focused on Houses Lannister, Stark, & Targaryen and
concludes with the key players all onstage for their final
reflections on the years they shared in Westeros and Essos.
of Thrones: The Last Watch:
A documentary by filmmaker Jeanie Finlay chronicling the making of
the final season.
An Animated History of Seven Kingdoms
an illustrated booklet with episode guide and extras listings. Some
extras are int heir own case of regular Blu-ray discs.
to say this is an elaborate set worth your time and money for fans,
as a gift set or to just immerse yourself in the show.
surviving last season, Eve, former MI6 operative gets out of the
secret service/intelligence community. When a close friend dies in a
suspicious 'accident', no one believes it was an 'accident', eve once
more crosses path with Villanelle and whomever she is connected as
the chief suspects for her friend's death. But in a world that is
filled with secrets, spies and assassins, who is telling the truth
and who is telling the lies?
Eve: Season 3
Eve wants to get out of the intelligence agencies... and similarly
Villanelle also is considering quitting being an assassin (or at
least get a promotion) for the secret society known only as 'The
Twelve' (but usually assassins can only quit when they are dead).
Both of them are tired of the constant BS, lies, their boss's
paranoia (and their inability to show emotions/empathy) and their
agencies bureaucratic politics. But can spies and assassins live as
normal people? As Eve and Villanelle try to be 'normal' their paths
keep crossing one another and they find themselves drawn toward each
other (at least they don't have to lie each other) and if it weren't
for the fact each of their respective jobs makes them natural enemies
..,would they have been friends? As they try (and fail) to live like
normal people, they realize there is no going back and the truth is
never as simple it is (or is it?). Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh
continue to keep things going as the co-stars, keeping fans happy.
was a spy vs. spy series with a bit of a twist and drama, where spies
and assassins have (and want) a life too. The comedy is how they are
so good at their jobs, but completely fail when it comes to family,
life or personal relationships. My only wonder is how the 2 main
characters they should have picked actresses who were closer age
range, because if they wanted to create a (romantic/lesbian?)
relationship between the two, their age differences makes it comes
off more as like mother and daughter relationship. Extras include
Konstanin's World, The
and the Psychology of a Killer.
this time include...
Slowly Catchy Monkey
- Villanelle wants to get promoted in the life of being an assassin
so that she is calling the shots, but to do so she must kill more.
Eve finds herself pulled back into the world of MI6 when her friend
is found dead (who also so happens to be her former boss's son).
- Eve attends her friend's funeral but is sick how everyone says it
is an 'accident' when no one believe it was. Villanelle is given a
task to train a new assassin, but when he messes up the job, she
kills him, later she learns Eve is still alive.
- Eve and (former) company teams up together (not out of choice) in
an unsanctioned investigation to avenge Kenny's death and Eve has a
surprise run in with Villanelle.
- Eve begins to investigate on Villanelle's past kills and her
signature kills. Dasha nearly kills Eve's ex-husband, to prove to
Villanelle she is still the best and to get her back in the game, but
everyone suspects it's Villanelle's doing and it's a warning.
You from Pinner?
- Villanelle returns to her home and family's surprise that she is
alive and well. She lives what a 'normal' life is, while she is
happy and it is 'normal', she decides she is happier with being an
assassin (better to admit she is a monster than a monster trying to
pretend she is not) and she blows up her family home.
- Villanelle gets tired of still being ordered around and decides she
wants out and starts formulating a plan with Konstantin. Eve
discovers Villanelle is not responsible for the attack on her
- Villanelle attacks Dasha and makes her attempt to get out with
Konstantin but things go unplanned and she is forced to improvise.
Eve is hot on Villanelle's trail.
You Leading or Am I?
- Villanelle goes to MI6 and offers to be their informant into the
Twelve, but they only want her to be an assassin for MI6 and reject
her. Eve discovers her friend's death was truly an accident and fate
(and paranoia) seem to have brought her and Villanelle together
again. Together they bring out the best and worst in each other, but
they still care and are drawn to one another. They stand on a bridge
together wondering what the future now holds for them ...and if they
ever can be truly together.
but not least is Edward Dmytryk's Mutiny!
(1952) pitting Mark Stevens and Patrick Knowles somewhat as one man
is asked to sneak $10 Million in gold to the U.S. from, France during
the War of 1812, but word gets out to some of the crew by accident
and also expecting to join the journey is the lady of one of the men
(Angela Lansbury!) and the ship is having other issues. War is hell.
being an independent production of the time (it was distributed by
United Artists at the time) in real, full Technicolor and all, it is
impressive for tis time and some money did go into the production,
but some things aged better than others. Still, the zero presence of
bad digital visual effects is more fun and charming than ever, while
other set pieces look outright ambitious. Running 78 minutes, it is
not bad and worth a look, especially after those Pirates
of the Caribbean
films got so played out. Lansbury usually steals her scenes too,
even if she is not trying.
include a great set of Warner-Pathe newsreels of the time and the
Technicolor Popeye animated cartoon short ''Cookin'
from the same period, in decent shape, if not up to what Warner
Archive has issued from the series.
for playback performance. The 2160p HEVC/H.265, Dolby Vision/HDR
(10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image on the
episodes are pretty much a summation of the two sets we covered
before. The first six seasons are all upscales and I like them a bit
better, even if they show the limits of the CGI computer-generated
effects as weaker than one would like, but it looks more solid to me
in 4K than regular Blu-ray. This continues with the final two
season, but they also brought in Ultra HD cameras for some sequences
and that works very well, making the show look the best it could
(outside of shooting on film, which they considered originally, then
never did) and the show retains its unique look all the way. It will
never look better than it does here.
can say the same about the sound as all episodes have now been
upgraded to Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for older systems)
mixes and that is good for any action or fantasy release. The later
episodes benefit more as more money was going into the show and its
sound was improving, but all the upgrades here were worth it.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Catherine
is good and passable for the old DVD format, though a bit softer than
I would have liked, but the show has a rich look that needs HD and
we'll have to see if we get that later. Same for the sound, here in
the old, compressed, lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 format, but the
soundmaster is obviously richer and deserves lossless treatment.
This DVD set is passable at best.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on Eve
look as good as the show ever has and is surprisingly well done,
which extends to the nice soundfields in the DTS-HD
MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes on each show. Combined, it is
better than you might expect.
1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Mutiny
is scanned from what is supposed to be the original 35mm camera
negative, but since it was shot in dye-transfer,
three-strip Technicolor, what happened to the three-strips? Though
we get some nice shots and a nice idea at times of how good the color
must have been, the color and definition is uneven here and that
means the source needs some work.
Director of Photography Ernest Laszlo, A.S.C., who was a solid DP
all the way to his work on the 1976 hit Logan's
could always handle a big screen work and this is no exception,
making this film even better than it might have otherwise been, yet
he also knew how to make actors look good. Nice.
PCM 2.0 Mono is as good as it will likely get for now and is not bad,
with only minor distortion and issues here and there. Dimitri
Tiomkin's score is another plus here and is not bad at all, sounding
decent here too. Wonder if he recorded these tracks in stereo?
Nicholas Sheffo and Ricky Chiang (Eve)