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Grimm: Season Three (Blu-ray) Official AVSForum Review

Check out our review of Season Three of this entertaining TV series about a homicide detective that discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Universal - 2013
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 945 minutes
Genre: TV/Fantasy/Crime drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS-HD HR 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Dutch
Starring: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee
Directed by: Various
Music by: Richard Marvin
Written by: Various
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 16, 2014

"Not your usual suspects"

My Take:

Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt is back– but not exactly himself– as Grimm returns for another 22 hair-raising episodes. With his abilities manifesting in new and unusual ways, Nick is stronger than ever with his partner, Hank, and reunited love, Juliette, by his side as he tracks down Wesen criminals with renewed determination. But things are changing all around him. As Captain Renard embroils himself with the birth of a royal child and Monroe and Rosalee's relationship intensifies, the ties between humans and the Wesen world will become even more irrevocably intertwined.

For those not familiar with Grimm here is a little background: Inspired by the classic Grimm fairytales the series revolves around Nick Burkhardt, a Portland police detective whose world is turned upside down when he suddenly begins to notice that what appear to be average citizens are in reality disguised mythical creatures living among us. While still trying to process what he is seeing Nick’s Aunt Marie (who raised him after his parent’s death), shows up unexpectedly and is summarily attacked in front of Nick by a creature known as a reaper. She wins the battle but is wounded and winds up in the hospital where Nick finds out that she is dying of cancer.

It’s then that Aunt Marie reveals that she is a Grimm and that Nick is descended from a long line of Grimm’s who are charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the plethora of “unseen” creatures that roam the earth. She explained that they are not all evil however it is there job to kill the bad ones and that she is being hunted as a result. Aunt Marie subsequently dies but leaves Nick several “necessary” items one of which is her trailer containing her stock of weapons and volumes of books detailing the past as well as valuable information on the creatures that are out there.

The show is an episodic crime/cop drama with a fantastical twist that involves the cases being associated with missing persons, deaths, ancient feuds and just plain old criminal activity involving creatures taken/derived from fairytales. There is a continuing storyline/subplot involving someone close to Nick that has a dark secret but essentially each episode involves Nick and his partner Hank trying to solve a different crime/problem which is aided by Nick’s abilities as a Grimm.

Season Three picks up with Nick still under the influence of the zombie creating voodoo baron. The ever dangerous Adalind actively seeks to regain her Hexinbeast powers and in the process finds herself the target of a search by the Verat. Juliette, with the assistance of Monroe, Rosalee and Hank bring Nick back from his hypnotic state. Renard continues to deal with the European Royal influence which is touched off by the death of one of their members. Adalind suddenly becomes a much more important figure as the interest in her infant child carries the promise of something greater. Monroe and Rosalee’s relationship continues to blossom. Nick and Hank (with the enlisted help of Monroe, Rosalee and Juliette) continue to investigate the various criminal matters associated with Wesen in the Portland area. In the process Nick discovers that he and his family aren’t the only Grimm in the fight as “Trubel” comes to town. The lines between Wesen and non-Wesen begin to blur somewhat as Nick, Juliette, Adalind, Renard, the Verat and the Royal influence are set on a collision course that could have disastrous results.

I really enjoy Grimm.The characters on the show are simply drawn and fit well into the series construct. I wasn’t sold on David Giuntoli as the show’s front man but he has grown on me. I like the cast ensemble, especially Silas Weir Mitchell who plays Eddie Monroe, the reformed Blutbad that assists Nick from the underworld’s perspective and his new love Rosalee played by Bree Turner. I am happy to see them get a larger part on the show. Developmentally the writing progression is good and the balance between the continuing and singular episodic storylines works well. The series is different although not fundamentally so but enough that it’s entertaining in a dark yet breezy sort of way. Outside of Silas Weir Mitchell, who owns his character, the acting isn’t the best but there is little here that requires inspirational dramatic depth. The season successfully builds to an ending that paves the way for season four (which is set to air in late October). I will definitely be tuning in.

Grimm Season Three comes to Blu-ray with its 22 episodes spread over five BD-50’s, with the bulk of the bonus material found on disc five. The keep case is of the larger amaray type (with a corresponding slipcover) with the discs contained in the page style plastic inserts with the center push buttons.

Parental Guide:

This show contains mature themes, violence, and frightening/disturbing images.

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.**

Audio: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Grimm Season Three comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 Mbps.

This 1.78:1 framed video presentation offers appreciable high definition resolution that has a satisfying glossy aesthetic. Images are stable and sharp with plenty of discernible texture and revealing fine detail during close-ups. Many of the show’s sequences are shot in uneven and low lighting. Shadow delineation and depth is quite good. Blacks are deep while exhibiting appreciable dynamic range with stable yet slightly elevated contrast that never infringes upon fidelity. Colors are snappy and bright and sullen and muted where appropriate. Fleshtones appear descriptive with variable depth that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast.

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio sound keeps pace with the video and is quite good. Dynamics are robust and highs are crisp without being strident or edgy. Dialogue is rendered with defining tonal expression and room penetrating depth through the center channel. The front soundstage is diffused with excellent separation and clearly articulated detail. The presentation makes ample use of the entire surround platform. At times it opens up quite nicely to create an involving surround mix containing a mix of directional and ambient sounds. Bass response doesn’t reach subterranean levels however it appropriately supports the source elements and provides an appreciably tight, and punchy low end.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Deleted Scenes
  • (HD) Gag reel
  • (HD) Something Wesen this ways comes: Inside Season 3 of Grimm
  • (HD) Double Take: Fighting a Hundjager
  • (HD) Meltdown (Digital Series)
  • (HD) Love is in the air: elegant Endeavors (Digital Series)
  • (HD)*Exclusive* Grimm Guide – An interactive book that provides insight in the various creatures featured on the show
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Grimm Season Three successfully builds upon the threads of season two and winds up being just as entertaining. While there may not be deeply engrossing storylines, pulse pounding action or emphatic drama there is enough substance and likeable characters to keep fans coming back. Season Four kicks off on NBC in late October and I look forward to seeing what the story brings. I enjoyed its high definition audio/video presentation on Blu-ray and found the included supplemental package to be a complimentary one that fans will appreciate. If you’re already into Grimm this five disc offering from Universal Studios Home Entertainment is recommended. If not and you’re curious give it a rent or look for it On Demand in your area.

Ralph Potts
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JVC DLA-RS4910 3D Ready 1080p High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman 5 & C6 Meter from Spectracal)
Stewart Filmscreen - Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16x9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV8801 11.2 Channel Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies - 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo BDP-103D Universal Disc/3D capable Blu-ray Player (With Darbee video processing)
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D capable Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule Pro HD Universal Remote Control
Canton "Ergo" Series speakers
Axiom Audio QS8 Quadpolar speakers
SVS PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
APC AV S15BLK Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
Cool Components - CP-CP102 cooling package
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This show was a guilty pleasure of ours while it was on amazon prime for seasons 1 and 2. Will have to remember to pick up season 3 and see if it still holds its charm.
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post
This show was a guilty pleasure of ours while it was on amazon prime for seasons 1 and 2. Will have to remember to pick up season 3 and see if it still holds its charm.

I suspect that if you liked the first two seasons you'll find the third just as enjoyable mo949...


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