The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2009/2010
MPAA Rating: G
Feature running time: 77 minutes
Genre: TV Musical/Comedy
Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Starring: Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz
Directed by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuck, Elodi Keene
Music by: James S. Levine
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 19, 2011
"A Glee fan's delight"
The perfect party companion, enjoy the most talked about musical performances when GLEE Encore arrives onto Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The hit musical television series now has more Billboard Magazine Hot 100 chart entries than any other artist, topping Elvis Presley and James Brown. This full-length DVD features a set list of Season One's most sensational musical numbers - back to back so the party never has to end! Experience all your favorite hit songs by Lady Gaga, Madonna, Journey, and much more.
When I reviewed Glee - Season One on Blu-ray I found myself caught up in the show's continuing plot that revolves around a cadre of characters at McKinley High School's Glee Club. It was refreshing, wonderfully written and the infusion of musical themes/choreography ranging from show tunes to chart hits (from varying eras and genres) gave it a modern flavor that integrated well with the episodic storyline. We liked it so much we decided to watch season two. Unfortunately we lost interest after four or five episodes however the show remains as popular as ever and has a dedicated fan base that not only keeps the ratings high but buys enough of the show's music to break the record for having the most songs on Billboard's Top 100. This collection of 36 musical set pieces from Season One includes many of the most popular performances grouped by theme/artist. There is no storyline/lead in as each segment jumps in where the music starts and finishes where it ends. The menu includes a shuffle option as well as a track selection option. For those who already own Season One on Blu-ray, which has a Glee Music Jukebox option containing all of the season's music, this disc would seem redundant however diehard fans may be inclined just the same. At a minimum it presents a great way to enjoy many of Season One's performance highlights by simply popping it into your Blu-ray player and letting it play much like you would a music CD.
This presentation is appropriate for general audiences.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Glee encore comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 20 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.4 Mbps.
In looking at these snippets taken from Season One they appear to mirror the audio/video quality of the original Blu-ray release which I reviewed back in September. Here is a summary of my comments from that review:
This show has a distinctive visual style that utilizes a variety of bright color schemes which helps to augment its ostentatious thematic tone. The results are impressive as deep, oversaturated reds, and vibrant blues are capably offset by a lavish assortment of pastels that can be striking and a perfect match for the show's varied showcases. Fleshtones are on the warm side but are tonally balanced and lifelike in depiction. Contrast is stable and blacks are strong which enriches both bright and dark onscreen elements. Resolution is strong as images have excellent depth and appreciable delineation with clarity that accents the fine detail in facial features and objects. Sharpness wavers here and there and darker elements tend to lack the dimensionality of brighter ones but neither is a detrimental to fidelity. A light sprinkling of grain provides an inviting textural nuance which is reminiscent of film. Other than some minor noise visible in a few dark backgrounds I didn't see any obvious signs of video related anomalies.
The show relies heavily on dialogue however its frequent musical accompaniment and array of sounds benefited from lossless audio's high fidelity and sounds terrific. The front three channels have an open and detailed delivery with appreciable separation and discernible directional correlation that enhances depth. Surround activity is limited to splashes of ambience that effectively extends the soundstage. The variety music has good top end air, discerning detail, and smooth highs that are non sibilant and make for a toe tapping and pleasing listening experience. The occasional use of low frequency effects and extended dynamics offer robust bass and enhanced energy that accent the sound mix.
There are no bonus features include with this release.
Glee Encore offers fans of the popular series the opportunity to own a 36 track musical companion to their Season One set which provides direct access to some of the show's best performances. There is nothing contained herein that isn't already available on the original release so a purchase would seem redundant for everyone but the truest Gleek. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox featuring high definition audio/video quality that enhances the Glee experience.
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